OK, guys, here's a test. I have and happily use an HD-PVR (component from 2 HD satellite receivers) and an HDHomeRun (dual ATSC antenna connections), between the two my HD needs are fully met.
However, I also have the need to record, on the fly, the S-Video signals from a non-HD Dishnetwork receiver, and a DirecTV HR22 HD receiver. This is just to grab short interviews, news reports, etc, from SD satellite channels. For several years I've been happily using a Hauppauge Win-TV-PVR 250 for this purpose, with SageRecorder software (no longer supported, doesn't work with newer cards.). Moving up to a new HTPC now though, and the PVR 250 will also no longer be supported... so I''m looking for a simple NTSC card (PCI-E) with the very best PQ and hopefully simple, on-the-fly recording software. I have absolutely no need for ATSC, QAM, FM, etc, but I don't care if they're on the card... I don't have to use them.
I was narrowing in on the Asus My Cinema cards, but not sure about their software. Will it allow on-the-fly recording? These news reports, etc, can't be scheduled ahead of time.
I should mention this will be on a Win 7 32 or 64 bit computer (I have one of each, could use either one.)
Thanks for any suggestions.