Advice sought on tv tuner and pvr for laptop

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Raja, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. Raja

    Raja Guest

    I have a new dell inspiron 6000 note book with media center edition 2005.

    I want to watch tv in my laptop and convert my old video casettes to dvd's.I
    have a dvd burner installed.
    I am confused.Is tv tuner and personal video recorder the same? there is
    also a mention about video capturing it the same as tv tuner.

    happage wintv-pvr -usb2 is it a tv tuner?

    what are the options available?

    my purpose is only 2 tv and convert video

    advice is welcome

    Raja, Feb 22, 2006
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  2. A tv tuner is a piece of hardware, while a PVR is more like a piece of
    software that uses the tv tuner (and your other hardware) to act as a vcr.

    The Hauppauge PVR-USB tuner is (last I checked) the only external tuner that
    works in the US.

    Your tuner can act as a video capture device, but there's some caveats.
    First off, Media Center expects your tuner to act either as a tuner, or a
    capture device. It's difficult to switch between them, as each time you
    switch from capture to tuner, you'll need to tell it your zip code & cable
    provider and redownload the tv guide. Another caveat is that Media Center
    will (probably, last I checked) recognize the video tape's copy protection
    and refuse to record it.

    I solved the problem of converting hundreds of my kids VHS tapes by buying a
    standalone DVD recorder at Radio Shack ($59, on sale last Black Friday),
    plus something called a Video Clarifier ($89, that
    removes the copy protection from the vertical blanking interval on VHS
    tapes. Works great now...

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
    Dana Cline - MVP, Feb 22, 2006
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  3. Raja

    Raja Guest

    thanks for the response.

    I am totally confused.I was about to buy happage last week end.your
    mail has put a block to that decsion.

    You got to help me.I have heard about the stand alone dvd recorder.

    If happage,as you say,is not good for media center what is the

    I got to watch tv since i am in direct conflict with my 8 year lold grandson
    who insists on watching tv while i watch sun tv.
    if as you say a tv tuner can do the job which one i should buy.

    do you advice me to separate the 2 requests-watching tv and recording?

    soryy i am rambling since i am confused


    Raja, Feb 23, 2006
  4. Well, the Hauppauge is a good tuner, I use them (although I don't have their
    USB model yet). If you're recording live TV, then Media Center is the way to
    go. But (in my opinion, at least) Media Center is not the preferred solution
    if you want to copy video tapes to DVD.

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
    Dana Cline - MVP, Feb 23, 2006
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