My Experience :
I went to a computer store and bought the cheapest TV tuner card manufactured by Adcom. I thought I just want to watch TVwhy spend more money.
Man I was wrong, the cheaper cards use cheaper chipsets. They do not process the TV signal real well. So the output is crappy. I had the same cable on TV, TV would show the channels fine. But my tuner card was showing them with huge noise. This tuner card used Brooktree BT878 chipsets. It has recording function but would record only uncompressed AVI format.
So after a month, I went to same store and bought AVermedia's AVerTV Combo PCI-E. Now this card gace nice performance with same cable tv signal. The TV output was clear resolution was better. This card can record in MPEG and MP4 format without any codecs installation(direct hardware encoding). So you have VCD/DVD and iPod formats.
Wish you happy TV tuning
Edited by Romeo29, 21 September 2008 - 04:54 AM.