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I would like to purchase some sort of tv tuner hardware for my laptop, i'd like to record tv on my dell latitude laptop... I would like to connect the tuner to my comcast digital cable box and record various shows, not premium channels however... could you please recommend some tv tuner hardware I could purchase to accomplish this... thank you

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  • steffensco Aug 26, 2010

    could someone please tell me if these usb based tuners can be connected to a digital cable box, for example, my comcast digital box, thank you

  • steffensco Aug 26, 2010

    I do not want to purchase from some third party site, I would like to purchase direct from the company selling the tuner... And also some of these tuners on this nextag site are not made to connect to digital cable boxes.. could someone please provide some more knowledgeable help... thank you much

  • steffensco Aug 26, 2010

    Will these tuners work when connected to a comcast digital cable box, or do they only work via an HD antennae or basic cable ?

  • steffensco Aug 26, 2010

    Thanks for all the help guys !

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Steffensco

I would recommend that you look at the ATI TV Wonder product line. They have several USB products that will work with you notebook computer. The link below will cover their current products. I myself have a HD 600 that I use with my Dell Latitude D630

http://www.amd.com/us/products/pctv/tv-wonder-tuners/pages/digital-cable-tuner.aspx

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    Will Hartford Aug 26, 2010

    steffensco



    Down here we have COX and I can connect my cable box to my HD 600 and pull the TV channels from the cable box just like your TV would scan the channels.



    Also if you are running a version of Windows that has Media Center it will interface with the card as well.



    Let me know if you have any more questions



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  • steffensco Aug 26, 2010

    I have a dell latitude laptop, running windows xp professional, i dont have media center, is there software included that would work... Also, could you send me a link where i could buy this usb tuner, thank you very much Issken

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Hey!
From what you said, you don't need a TV tuner (or a "TV card"), as you will connect the laptop straight to your digital cable box. Therefore, what you need is a capturing device, or better yet, a video input... Some top-rated laptops have such input built-in, but it's pretty rare - So you'll probably need to buy one!
With that said, as there's a huge variety of products of this kind, I'll let you do the selection... Enter your favorite shopping site, or dealer, and look for a "USB Video Capture Device".
Few examples - here.
If you insist on a recommendation, I had only good experiences with Pinnacle Dazzle DVC 100 though I used it in order to burn videos directly from video source to a DVD.

Most capturing devices come with a capturing software - basically a video editing software. If not, you could use the Windows Movie Maker (an integrated part of Windows) or any other software of your preference. A list of FREE video capturing software can be found here.

Good luck and best regards,
Pelu.

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You can get any from the TV tuner from this link and it can be connected to your cable box for you to be able to record any shows that you like.

http://www.nextag.com/laptop-tv-tuner/stores-html

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Being a laptop ..you can not install an internal TV tuner into it ...so you will need an external tuner (usb based) like the ones into this page on eBay ..
remember I have chosen the eBay cause of the low prices..but when you buy one ,try to guide yourself about a middle price ..and if there is possible buy it from a local computer store so that you have a strong warranty program ...
here are some examples of what you might need..
http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=external+tv+tuner+&_cqr=true&_nkwusc=external+tv+tuners&_rdc=1

http://www.nextag.com/tv-tuner-external/stores-html
all these tuners came wioth driver and software to manage them ..and into those softwares are the recording features..and programing ..The idea is that most of them are capable of recording a certain show at a certain hour..just like programing a vcr ..only that they have to be open ..and tuned...probably ..

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    Catalin Turcu Aug 26, 2010

    please explain what exactly you do not understand from my solution so I will be abl;e to be more accurate ..

  • Catalin Turcu
    Catalin Turcu Aug 26, 2010

    they work with all cables..usually with a normal antena cable like the normal ones on tv..and with the hdmi ...if you have a receiver and a antenna ..just read the specs..and choose one that will fit your needs..the inputs are specified on the specs...
    and these are not quite 3rd parties..but just stores..and like I said ...visit your local computer store,,and see what they have available ..cause all you need is a external tuner..that will connect via usb into your computer ..and the antenna or cable will connect into the tuner..and the software that came with it will do the rest ..you will see the tv channels like into a player ..and on that player will have all the settings for the recording and such ..
    if you buy it from local store you will be able to choose one that has the exact inputs like your kinda cable ...

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