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What to use for TV viewing?

  1. #1

    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    What to use for TV viewing?

    Hello all!

    I'm planning on finally buying a TV tuner card for my puter since the pros for that outweighed the cons. But, I hate using Windows Media Center. That was one of the cons of a TV tuner card actually. It's designed to work with remote controls better in my opinion than a mouse. I really wanted Microsoft to build an awesome metro styled Media Center...

    Anyways, I was wondering if anyone knows or uses a real good program for TV browsing with a tuner card. I know that VLC Player does, but is there something better?


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  2. #2

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there

    Hauppage products usually work fine. These days I tend to use web based services such as Sky GO or BBC Iplayer but I've an older Hauppage TV USB tuner which worked fine for DTV (Digital Terrestial TV ) -- services such as freeview etc.

    The Hauppage USB device comes with a decent application.

    For "Stand alone" TV stuff you'll just have to google I'm afraid -- there are loads out there - especially for Linux systems.

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  3. #3

    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro 64

    I have 2 Hauppage products that worked great with windows 7, but are now choppy and inconsistent with Win 8. I suspect it is a driver issue, but I have yet to find windows 8 drivers for tuner cards. not even beta. Does anyone know if windows 8 actually supports tuner cards or are they simply hit or miss using Win 7 drivers?
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  4. #4

    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro 64

    Ok. It seems like it was the software that had a problem with Windows 8. I downloaded the Media Center add-on. It's free until 1/1/12. Works perfectly!
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