I have finally cut the cable, but would like to get set up so that I can record OTA.
I have been doing a lot of reading on building an HTPC, and have looked at recommendations for components, but I have found it extremely difficult to find information on TV tuners. Is this something that not many HTPC systems use?
I thought I had found a solution with the Silicon Dust Home Run external tuner, but it needs to be connected to my network. As I understand it, this needs to be connected to my router and antenna. That won't work for me, as they are in different parts of the house.
There are a handful of single tuner pci cards, and some very expensive multi-tuner cards. I found this one:
This one gets mixed reviews, and it states that it is only capable of 1080i. It seems strange to me that it is not capable of 1080p. Is that not what I would want to get the most out of digital OTA?
I bought this, and then returned it. Had it connected to a laptop, but the tuner would not pick up the channels that the TV would pick up from the same antenna, and some that it would play, it would then not record.
I would be using WIN8.1, at least to begin with. I would like to put a tuner card in my desktop to experiment with, to see if it will do what I want it to do. If I can find a good solution, I would probably build a dedicated HTPC.
I do streaming through Roku, and do not have a media collection that I will want to stream, so really only need the ability to record live OTA TV.
Any suggestions or advice are appreciated!