Top 5 TV Tuner and Video Capture Combos

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TV tuners and video capture combos allow computer users to record their favourite TV shows on their computer. This way, consumers can watch the programmes directly on the computer, without having to own a TV anymore. One of the main advantages of using a TV tuner and video capture card combo is that they are often a cheaper option than a TV and a cable box. Most models allow users to watch a show while recording another or even record two shows at the same time. Learning more about the top TV tuners and video capture combos on the market may prove helpful when making a purchase.
1 Hauppauge PCTV HD 80e
Hauppauge PCTV HD 80e

The Hauppauge PCTV HD 80e looks like a USB flash drive. Owners can use it simply by plugging it into any USB port. The Hauppauge PCTV HD 80e is compatible with Windows and Mac computers and allows users to record video in MPEG-2 format. The tuner comes with a mini-remote control and features scheduled recordings to the hard drive as well as direct to DVD recording. The Hauppauge PCTV HD 80e comes with a USB extender cable, antenna adapter, and a portable telescopic high-gain antenna with magnetic foot.


2 WinTV-NOVA-T-Stick

This USB stick-like TV tuner and video capture card allows users to record and watch TV shows on their computer without having to install any internal components. Some of its features include pausing digital TV with instant replay, recording digital TV in MPEG-2 format directly on the hard drive, and listening to digital stereo radio on the computer. The WinTV-NOVA-T-Stick is compatible with USB 2.0 ports and comes with an IR remote control transmitter. To make the most out of the WinTV-NOVA-T-Stick, buyers should have a computer with a minimum 1.2 GHz Intel or equivalent processor and a graphics card with a minimum of 64 MB of memory. The TV tuner requires Windows XP with SP2 or higher.


3 Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1100
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1100

The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1100 is a hybrid TV PCI tuner. It is a good option for users who want to watch and record analogue and digital TV shows directly on their desktop computer. The device comes with a remote control for easy operation and includes the WinTV-scheduler, which allows users to schedule their recordings. The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1100 comes with audio-video input for various analogue sources such as camcorders, VCRs, satellite TV boxes, and more. The recording format is MPEG-2.


4 Elgato EyeTV Sat Free
Elgato EyeTV Sat Free

This is one of the few TV tuners and video capture combos that the manufacturer designed especially for Mac users. The Elgato EyeTV Sat Free allows consumers to record and watch digital TV shows, archive their recordings to DVD, or export them to an Apple TV or iPod. Installing the device is very easy and the Elgato EyeTV Sat Free places a virtual remote control on the screen of the computer, allowing users to record, pause, change channels, and more. The Elgato EyeTV Sat Free connects to the computer via a USB 2.0 port and comes with software one may need to record TV shows easily.


5 Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-4400

This quad mode PCIe TV Tuner is an internal device for desktop computers. It is compatible with the Windows MediaCentre, and can record both analogue and digital Freeview TV. By using the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-4400, buyers can schedule their TV recordings according to their preferences. The built-in FM radio receiver is perfect for listening to FM radio, while the auxiliary audio-video input make it easy to record analogue video from sources such as VCRs and camcorders. The Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-4400 comes with a remote control transmitter with batteries as well as a quick installation guide.


How to Buy a TV Tuner and Video Capture Combo

TV tuner and video capture combos combine the advantages of DVRs and cable boxes and allow users to make the most out of the hard drive of their computer when it comes to recording TV shows. You can find a TV tuner and video capture combo easily on eBay. Perform the search by typing the name of the device you want to purchase into eBay's search bar. Refine the results by price or condition by clicking on the appropriate category. If you need more details after reading the product description, contact the seller. If you want to pay less for delivery, buy your TV tuner and video capture combo from a local eBay seller.
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