PowerCinema: Picking a Tuner Card

PowerCinema is a very popular home entertainment media suite. This has a large menu which can be displayed easily on your television. This makes controlling it easy. To get the most out of your home entertainment center, you will need to choose a tuner card. The tuner card is the device which receives the television signal. This makes it possible to watch and record television shows onto your computers hard drive.

There are lots of different tuner cards that you will need to consider. It is important that the tuner card is capable of receiving the type of TV in your area. If you receive Digital TV, then you will need a DVB-T tuner card. Different cards exist which are suitable for satellite and cable reception. There are also analog cards, which are ideal in areas with poor digital reception.

There are lots of different ways to choose these tuner cards, and it's important that you spend time choosing the right one for your needs. This will make your HTPC much more useful.

Bundled Cards

When you purchase PowerCinema, you will have the option of a number of different bundled tuner cards. These provide you with a wide range of different options and are often the easiest to use. By purchasing these bundles, you can be sure that PowerCinema will support the card properly.

The bundled cards also make setup much easier since the specific cards will have its own setup instructions, showing the unique aspects of these cards.

Yuan FUNTV Tuner900

This is an Analog TV tuner which fits inside your computer. It fits into a regular PCI or PCI Low profile slot in your computer and is supplied with both brackets. It's a worldwide solution, as it can receive TV in PAL, SECAM and NTSC. It also receives Analog FM radio which will also be available in PowerCinema. This card is perfect for anyone who just wants a PCI analog option.

Yuan PD521QA

This is useful for anyone who doesn't feel confident about opening up their computer. It's a USB stick which is simply placed inside one of your computers free USB ports. This supports digital TV in the US and Canada only. It supports HDTV and SDTV, although to watch in high definition you will need a fast computer. It also features an EPG which has the option of recording schedules.

Yuan PD770A

This bundled card is capable of receiving both HDTV and SDTV digital TV in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. It is easy to install since it's a simple USB stick which needs to be put into the computer. The card supports an interactive program guide which makes it easy to schedule recordings.

Other Cards

There are also plenty of other cards which can be used with PowerCinema without needing to buy a bundle. Many of these also have dual tuners, which makes it possible to watch and record at the same time. Some of the better known cards which are supported include the Hauppage WinTV Nova-TD, which can be plugged into a PCI port.

There are also satellite tuners which can receive DVB-S and DVB-S2 signals. These must be connected to a satellite dish and include the Hauppage WinTV Nova-HD and Pinnacle 310iX.