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Score: 9.0/10  [1 review]
4 out of 5
ProdID: 917 - PCI TV Tuner Card
Brand / Manufacturer : Swann Communications

PCI TV Tuner Card
Price:
$74.95
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PCI TV Tuner Card product reviews

Watch TV on your Desktop PC

How would you like to watch your favourite TV programs on your desktop computer?
This ingenious card allows you to view, record and more.

Additional Features:
    •  Uses 10-bit video resolution chip that supports global broadcasting audio coding function
    •  Adjust picture size freely, highest resolution up to800 x 600, 24 bit true color
    •  Comes with AV and s-video input port, capable of watching images of TV/Video

Features
    • Watch TV on a PC
    • Use your PC as a video recorder to capture & record TV programs (subject to copyright)
    • Full channel scanning with up to 136 channels receivable
    • Plug & play and supports Windows 2000 / XP
    • Smoothly capture motion & still images
    • With AV & S-Video inputs
    • Set your favourite TV show as your desktop background

Techinical Specifications
    • Operating System : Windows 2000/XP
    • CPU : Pentium III 800MHz equivalent or higher
    • RAM : 256MB
    • HDD : 4GB or higher recommended
    • Video Card : Geforce II, 32MB equivalent or higher

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Review by: black-kat (Dave)
Dated: 13th of April, 2006

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This Review: 9.0/10
Value for Money:
Score 9 out of 10
Features & Functions:
Score 9 out of 10
Installation & Setup:
Score 10 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 8 out of 10

This is quite simply one of the easiest TV tuner and video capture cards I have ever set up, just plug it in, run the installation off the CD, plug in the aerial, run the tuner software, and scan for some TV stations.

When they warn you that it can sense some signals that ordinary TV can't they aren't kidding, with the 7-8 channels we can normally pickup (including encrypted pay TV channels) the Tuner software detected 26 signals! One thing to note is that a signal does not mean a TV signal, so once all the signals were detected I killed off the non-channels, and had 4 channels at the same quality if not higher than we get on the TV.

I did have some issues when it came to recording, but these issues are easily resolved by using some high-end applications, in order to get the best results, as it only comes with the basic toolkit. Professionals be aware!

But aside from that minor problem, this is a great piece of kit for the home user who just wants real, non-internet TV on the PC.

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