Which tuner adapter for Windows Media Center?

Discussion in 'Computing and Networks' started by spinnaker, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. spinnaker

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 29, 2009
    I posted this on a Windows forum and got no response. So I figured I would try here.

    I currently have Direct TV with Tivo. I understand that Windows Media Center does not work with Direct TV.

    What I really would like to do is give cable / satellite altogether and just record over the air using WMC. Believe it or not, I don't yet have and kind of HD receiver so I have no idea what kind of reception I will get.

    I would like to start small and just buy a 2 tuner card. But I would like to have a backup plan and move to cable (Vios) should my reception be poor.

    I see there are "cablecard" tuners. I understand I will need one to record from cable. Do any of the cablecards also record over the air broadcasts?
  2. stahta01


    Jun 9, 2011
    If no one gives an answer here you might try

    From Amazon: This was just a search on ATSC QAM card; could be many better cards out there.

    ATSC for OTA (over the air)
    QAM for the Old Analog Cable Channels (Many Cable systems are moving to digital)

    Note: I am just a newbie reading the stuff myself; so, confirm my info.
    Note: My computer is old; So, I am planning on using an USB unit or an LCD display with built in ATSC tuner.
    Note: I know little to nothing about Windows Media Center.

    Tim S.