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what is a good TV PCI CART?

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i am confused, i want to tape TV shows from Direct TV satelite. what is a good hardwarwe (TV PCI CART)i can buy?
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Lee W, MVP earned 25 total points
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I've done a little of this and a LOT of downloading of this.  The ATI TV Wonder and All-in-Wonder cards seem to be pretty good.  I use an I/O Magic PC PVR card and it does the job fine.  Also, the AVERTV stuff looks nice (though I've never used it) and the Hauppauge stuff is decent as well.

I'd recommend looking through the reviews and articles here:
http://www.vcdhelp.com/capture.htm

Keep in mind you need a reasonably fast system to do high quality stuff (resolutions like 500x350 and better).  I'd recommend - to help ensure things work as smoothly as possible, a dedicated hard drive (not just partition), a Pentium or Celeron running at at least 1 GHz, and at least 256 MB RAM (preferably 512).  And DON'T do anything else with the system while you are recording.  The dedicated hard drive should be kept defraged at all times.  (I'd defrag it daily).

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I have a Leadtek Winfast TV2000 XP seen here
http://www.leadtek.com/mmedia/tv2000xp/tv2000xp.htm
I got it at www.newegg.com at a great price.

I can listen to radio, record radio, watch TV, and record TV al la Tivo

it's great because unlike the All in wonder, I don't have to replace my video card (GeForce 4 TI 4600) and AIW's are AGP as far as I know.  The ATI AIW IS a great product, but the leadtek is a standalone tv tuner.

of the site:
Main Features

1.) Remote Control Power On/off function
2.) Support Audio In connector, more flexible for audio capture
3.) Favorite Channel List and selection: (unlimited)
4.) Codec Configuration: Video and Audio compression
5.) Capture file size can excess 4GB(FAT 32).
6.) Support PIP( Picture in Picture), one for live and the other for playback
7.) Support FM radio record and playback function.
8.) Playback Mode: Speed Shuttle (1/16~16x), Multiple Media Files
9.) Schedule Management: easy and quickly.
10.) Driver: WDM driver for Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
11.) Multi-Language support: 7 languages (German, Spanish, French, English, Japanese, Chinese(BG5), Chinese(GB))
12.) Certified by Microsoft Windows XP WHQL test
Remote Control Power On/Off function
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