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    Portable (USB) TV Tuner Device Recommendations?

    During the weekend sale, I picked up an analog TV tuner dongle (about $25 after rebate) (Kworld PVR-TV 300U). Because all the decoding work is done by the CPU, there is a maddening audio delay: you get to see the lip movements and arm gestures well before you get the corresponding words. Recordings actually are in sync, so this might mean that the laptop is underpowered to coordinate everything, perhaps because there is no dedicated sound card.

    Anyway, I later discovered that there are similar products that can receive over-the-air digital broadcasts, so I plan to return this product. Anyone have a digital/HDTV tuner they recommend? (This laptop has XP Pro, not Media Center Edition, so I'm not limited to MCE-compatible tuners.)

    Meanwhile, off Googling... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Portable (USB) TV Tuner Device Recommendations

    From what I can tell, the Hauppauge line of products are the best.

    I've picked up an interal PCI card (recommended for MythTV, but have yet to set it up.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Portable (USB) TV Tuner Device Recommendations?

    My wife and I have just got a new box (2.4 GHz Dual Core; 2GB RAM and GeForce 7900 GS) and have been using the Cinergy Hybrid T USB SX. First results seem to be pretty good providing that:
    a) you use a proper antenna (we have not tried the portable antenna but doubt the signal strength would be good enough for digital)
    [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] you download and use the Terratec Home Cinema v4.93 .It seems to be much more sensitive than the CyberLink Power Cinema for detecting digital channels.
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    Re: Portable (USB) TV Tuner Device Recommendations

    Thanks, Steve. It looks slick, but doesn't support the North American ATSC over-the-air digital broadcast standard. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15> Why is it that we always need to be different from our friends in Europe?

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    Re: Portable (USB) TV Tuner Device Recommendations

    Thanks, Chris. I will check out that device, but I think I'll leave the MythTV software for *nix users to puzzle out!

    Added: I think I might not have a fast enough CPU for this one... http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?...TV+Tuner+Review

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    Re: Portable (USB) TV Tuner Device Recommendations

    Now that one looks slick Jefferson. Hmmm... maybe for my next MythTV box... I want to get this one working first <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.
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