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post #1 of 4 Old 08-08-2014, 01:41 PM - Thread Starter
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What PCIe board for ATSC?

Question: what would be a good PCIe card (prefer more than 1 tuner) to get ATSC (over the air HDTV) channels for my HTPC.

Backgroud: I've been running an HTPC for 4 years now. I currently have a PCIe InfiniTV 4 card I was using to watch/record Comcast cable with. I decided to "cut the cord" and drop Comcast. I still want to watch network (NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC) through my HTPC using an antenna I already own. I thought the InfiniTV would be able to do this, but according to their website it can't. http://cetoncorp.com/2011/12/01/q-do...g-tv-channels/. What cards are people using in their HTPCs for over that air digital HD channels?

So far, I've found this:
1) http://www.amazon.com/ATI-Wonder-600...QAM+PCIe+tuner
2) http://www.amazon.com/Asus-Express-T...CIe+tuner+asus
3) http://www.amazon.com/WinTV-PVR-150-...7A596WC6MNBCQN
4) http://www.amazon.com/Hauppauge-1229...WinTV-HVR-2255

#4 looks,the most promising. Anyone recommend anything else?

I have to return some video tapes....
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I use two of the AVerMedia Duet dual tuner cards. However they appear to be currently unavailable.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-041-_-Product

At one time the manufacturer's website said they were discontinued, so I bought a second one on Ebay for $50. Then a few months later both Newegg & Amazon had them new for about $50 so I bought another for a spare.

From a lot of comments that I had read some folks thought they had slightly better signal strength sensitivity than the dual tuner Hauppauge cards. However some people said the Duet card would periodically disappear from the Windows Device Manager, either due to it being an older card or the CPU involved, but I never found what was actually the issue. Anyway I took a chance because the Duet was about half the price of a Hauppage card & so far no problems after 2 years.
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I use the Hauppage 2250 (now replaced by the 2255 - but it's basically just a refresh of the same thing). Haven't had an issue in all the years I've used it. Comes with an FM tuner too.

Disclaimer - I use it for QAM, but it does ATSC as well.

Edit: I see you got the 2250/2255 as #4 - that would be my choice.
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The AVerMedia Duet sounds like a good deal, but looks like I'll have to maybe look on eBay since it is discontinued.

The Hauppage 2255 is probably the best, just more expensive.

Any other recommendations?

Also, just hooked up my Winegard SS-2000 direct to the TV in the meantime to see what channels I get. Got NBC and ABC, but not FOX nor CBS. Realized, that even though the SS-2000 says VHF/UHF on the box it is actually only a UHF antenna according to the "internet"! Would explain why the 2 channels on RF 12 and 13 aren't coming in.

So along with PCIe card recommendations, any VHF/UHF antenna recommendations?

I have to return some video tapes....
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