Friday, December 09, 2005
Elsewhere on this site, I reviewed the DSTV PVR. For a while now, video cards have been available to insert into your PC and you were able to watch TV on your desktop. All is well and good, but who would actually want to sit in their study and watch TV on their computer?
Now the PC is becoming more than just an office device. The PC has officially moved into the lounge or family room and Haupauge have filled the gap. If you don't want to spend the cash to buy one of Microsoft's expensive Multimedia centres or you don't have a satellite dish, then get on og these cards.
All of the functions can be recreated on your PC. Setting up the card is a little difficult if you don't have a modern TV with all the correct AV inputs, like mine, but being able to timeshift, record and listen to the wireless on the PC is fun.
Using your graphic card, you can play the video on your television or use the outputs from the TV card. The better the card, the faster it works in encoding the video signal. Look for a card that does the encoding on the card and doesn't rely on the PC's processor.