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post #1 of 10 Old 01-26-2013, 01:32 PM - Thread Starter
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I stopped using cable some time ago and now have a projector. I would like to be able to watch the superbowl on the projector (benq w1070) but need an option for a tv tuner to use, preferrably that i can connect through my receiver. I've searched and searched and oddly enough, these are not easy to find. Can you guys give me any suggestions please?
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Check out the HDTV recorder forum here: http://www.avsforum.com/f/42/hdtv-recorders

I have both stand-alone and computer-based tuner/recorder and are happy with both.

I have been using the DVICO TVIX PVR M-6620N for about two years now. I am pretty happy with it.

I also have a HD Homerun dual tuners hooked up to my laptop which is hooked up to my projector.

There are plenty of tuner options to choose from.

Here are my laptop and HD Homerun on the top shelf. Benq W1100 is in the middle. Dvico Tvix DVR and bluray player are on the bottom shelf.
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Hi, thanks for the info. I guess I should be more specific. I don't need anything that would act as a DVR as I have no use for that. I would like something that is standalone (without the need of a computer) if possible. Something, i can plug into my receiver and send through there. I know there is quite a bit to use with computers but I'm having a hard time finding something that isn' going to tie up my laptop.
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You need a "digital converter box." You probably want one that outputs 1080p.

I use my computer, so I'm afraid I can't be specific, but this should get you in the right direction:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/179095/the-official-avs-hdtv-stb-synopsis


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Kworld (www.kworld-global.com) has an external ATSC/QAM TVBox, which come in various configurations as to output choices (Y.Pb.Pr. @ 1080i), HDMI and VGA, etc. I use a model SA290-QLE with VGA and component connections. I use Over-the-air antenna for digital HD signal; better than cable! I bought my TVBox throuh Fry's Electronics. DDelp
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I like the 205LE since it has a VGA output port,

http://www.epvision.com/

If you have a projector with an HDMI or an RGB component port the others two are fine!

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Boxee TV seems to be the least expensive atsc hd tuner currently on the market and is at Walmart exclusively for 98.00.

It also has cloud based limited DVR function in certain markets which sounds as if this function is in beta. Would not buy it for its dvr capabilities.

I do not have first hand experience with one but I am considering it for my PJ since I have moved my Mac with Eyetv out of my theater room.

It also has a few aps like Netflix and Hulu.
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I can vouch for the 205le. It produces a stunning picture and the tuner is great. You can hook it directly to your standard cable and it picks up the 1080 HD channels that are unencripted by law as well as the OTA channels you get from an antenna. You didn't mention if you still have your internet through a cable provider.
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Is the PHD-205LE available for sale any longer?
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Channel Master is one of the few still producing stand alone tuners.

http://www.channelmaster.com/Digital_TV_and_HDTV_HD_digital_Antenna_Tuner_CM_7001_s/287.htm
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