i have dell dimension 8100 1.7 ghz 512 rdram 160gb h/d is it possible to connect digital tv free veiw box to my computer and can i record onto hard drive and burn back onto dvd at good full screen quality? do i need software to record to hard drive ? thanks
You should also be able to connect your Freeview box if your graphics card supports TV in. The connection may present a bit of a problem. Most Freeview boxes have a scart connection whereas TV in graphics are usually S-VIDEO or composite RCA (phono socket). Sound is normally direct to the sound card (or possibly a stereo jack socket). You would therefore need a suitable adaptor for this setup. Its usually the same TV input connectors if you just purchase a PCI TV card. click here
The simplest and most appropriate solution has already been suggested - a PCI Freeview TV card.
I have a Twinhan VisionPlus DTV ter Freeview card, which cost just over £50 including delivery from click here; it brings in all the 70+ Freeview TV and radio stations from Winter Hill. In addition it has a neat remote control, Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) and you can record to your hard drive. I've not used the recording side as I have a Nicam VCR.
Picture and sound quality of the Twinhan are first class but the latest driver is about 40MB+ (2.43) so broadband would be a help. I got my son, who has broadband, to download it for me. Apparently it's the same basic driver as used by Hauppauge.
The Twinhan will happily perform on a 500MHz CPU system upwards and is also fully compatible with HDTV if and when it becomes available (1.6MHz system upwards), one reason why it is such a popular card in Australia.
There's a satellite alternative available along with external USB models.
Assume from your thread title that you already own a Freeview box that you wish to connect to your PC. If your graphics card has a coaxial aerial in socket and your Freeview box has a modulated output then you could connect this direct by coax cable. Unfortunately very few STB have a modulator and to purchase one separately would cost around £26 inc vat and postage click here
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