updated 11:00 am EST, Mon December 18, 2006
"Triple-tuner" TV card
Where many TV cards only receive analog cable signals, Hauppauge's new WinTV HVR-3000 further enables users to watch and record digital satellite (DVB-S) broadcasts, as well as the Freeview over-the-air HD service, available in the United Kingdom. The card fits into a PCI slot and also accepts inputs from composite, stereo and S-Video sources. Radio can be piped in via FM or DVB-S/DVB-T digital. Recording is handled with SoftPVR, which allows TiVo-like scheduling and storage, in qualities ranging from MPEG-1 VCD to MPEG-2 DVD. A 1.5GHz computer with Windows XP or Vista is required. Amazon.co.uk is selling the HVR-3000 for £85 ($166).