Need TV Tuner/Capture card recomendation

I will be attending the University of Texas at Austin in the fall and I was hoping I could save alittle space in my apartment by making my computer do double duty as a tv also.

Budget: Max of $150-200 but hopefully much less ($50-125), I want the best price to performance, quality, & features ratio.

1: Full NTSC res
2: The more inputs the better (coax, RCA, s-video, etc...)
3: lets me pick the codec, or has high quality mpeg 2 encoder so it has enough quality to be converted to whatever format I choose for archival, probably divx.
4: Stereo sound would be nice (should I care about this???)
5: remote control would be cool
6: Great windows suport (works well with virtual dub and other video edit/capture applications) Linux support is not needed though may be needed in the future (I might convert someday, of course I could always dual boot...)
7: Are there any USB 2.0 solutions that have the same quality as the cards or really close?
8: Program guide to help schedule recordings. Or a website that is realy good with the TV schedule.
9: Any other important features that I should consider? Please mention.

My Computer:
Windows XP Pro
Athlon 1.2 Ghz
768 PC133 ram
ASUS A7V133 MB with KT133A chipset
SB Live! Value Sound Card
Geforce 2 GTS 32 MB
80 GB and 40 GB hard drives (120 GB total)

I am looking for a stand alone solution only.

Not a video card+tuner. I already have a video card...

I hope I have provided enough information to help you make a recomendation. If I have not, please ask and I will be sure to respond.

Feel free to make multiple recomendations on a per price range basis.
Such as...

I hear that dscaler is a good application also, but seems to only suport a few chipsets?

So I guess while we are at it, any software (preferably free) suggestions would be greatly appreciated to compliment my new hardware once purchased.

Thank you for any help you can provide.
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  1. Check out Pinnacle Systems.

    the Prisoner

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  2. they have quite a few different cards, i need help selecting them.

    I've read alot about the leadtek winfast 2000xp (delux) on this forum and alot of people seem to like it alot and the same number of people seem to be having sound problems.

    Are those flukes?
  3. this link should cover your Pinnacle questions.<A HREF="" target="_new"></A>

    Also check out Hauppauge Cards.

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  4. i bought a ati 8500 dv to replace my matrox g400. i ended up watching tv with the radeon and playing games, then building a cheapy 2nd system to put te matrox card in since the capture quality is WAY better that the ati card. i'm sticking to my G400 for the forseeable future

  5. I would suggest the Kworld tv tuner. At $39, its a real bargain. <A HREF="" target="_new"></A>
    It comes with a remote too. It can tune FM radio, TV channels up to like 122 or something, has Compoiste and svideo in.

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  6. Go for asus TV Tuner card.
    It offers the best clarity among all the TV tuners available.
    check the link for a review
  7. wow those were some really good quality images.

    That is the card I have been thinking of getting!

    Thanx. I think this has fully convinced me.
  8. It's a nice card, but <A HREF="" target="_new">Hauppauge</A> carries the BEST tuner cards!

    One thing to think about is how much system power it takes to capture can compress video. Huappauge has tuners with HARDWARE MPEG2 COMPRESSION, which takes the load off the CPU completely! This means you can capture, and still have enough power to edit video simultaniously. This is so much of a "big deal" that MS REQUIRES this feature for video capture using their Media Center!

    <font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>
  9. the built in mpeg encoders dont allow you to directly acces the tuner chip like the normal ones based on the bt8x8 and the new cx23...and sa71... forgot all the numbers
  10. And why would you say that?

    <font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>
  11. oh i dunno, just the best program out there, , doesnt do it.
  12. WTF are you talking about, it says it works with the WinTV PVR, that card has hardware encoding!

    And if it didn't, so what, it's freeware. AKA junkware, like the Linux OS didn't support high end video cards for a long time because the loosers who programed it couldn't afford decent cards, etc. And finally the loosers got some cash and some degrees and fixed that to some extent.

    See, the looser problem with looser freeware is that looser users write programs for looser not the best hardware, but rather looser the most common, as in stuff that they can get out of the dumpster/walmart/etc.

    Oh, did you get the feeling that I've been left stranded by these open source movement before? Try and buy the most powerfull hardware and then wait years for the open source guys to catch up...

    <font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>
  13. Asus TV Tuners offer very good picture clarity and using most advanced components(philips encoder and tuner).
  14. I cant see anywhere that the ASUS TV card has hardware compression.

    the Prisoner

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  15. Whoa crash!!!...slow deep breaths...ohm,ohm...

    Get your own sig!!! :tongue:
  16. Watt? Watt?

    <font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>
  17. Volt? Volt?

    Get your own sig!!! :tongue:
  18. dave1g, the MPEG2 decoders are for the inputs. Not the tv tuner. The tuner is software encoding. But the card is excellent. Picture quality is great.
  19. Does anyone have any feelings about the Kworld KW-TVUSB7011R ? I know it's an obscure company, but the specs look pretty decent.
  20. I am in same boat as dave looking for good TV Turner as well, I still have no idea what to buy?? One bump and need more suggetions
  21. Check Hauppauge's selection. They have alot of products in the TV tuner area.

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