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I need a cheap mode to record / watch multiple TV channel at the same time on a single PC.

Can anyone recommend me any solution(TV Tuner, Application) that can help me solve this problem?

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Which TV type do you want? Analogue, DVB-S, DVB-T, etc? –  Shevek Mar 11 '10 at 14:52
    
@Shevek, Any digital type. –  mxg Mar 11 '10 at 14:56

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I'd recommend SilconDust's HDHomeRun. It's slightly more expensive in comparison to internal PC cards, however it's an external tuner that you can hook up to your network via ethernet. It also has two tuners built in. It's extremely easy and simple to hook up. If you use something like Windows Media Center or MythTV, they both work directly with the HDHomeRun. I've only used WMC with the HDHomeRun and it was an absolute breeze to setup.

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I'm missing something or it doesn't allow to watch multiple TV at the same time. –  mxg Mar 12 '10 at 8:16
    
I'm not sure what you're trying to ask, but I use it to record one channel and watch TV on another channel. Hence the two tuners. The one big advantage I see with the HDHomeRun is the fact that you can add multiple tuners upon tuners as long as you have enough ethernet ports into your network. So without having to sacrifice resources and I/O on any computer of yours, you can continually add more and more tuners available to all the computers on your network without sacrificing a computer to do all the work. –  osij2is Mar 12 '10 at 15:47

You will need a card with twin tuners to be able to watch/record multiple channels.

Hauppauge do a wide range of products including twin tuner and are fairly reasonable on price. I have had 4 different cards of theirs over the years and always been happy.

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I've had serious reliability issues with the two hauppauge tuners I had in the past. The first was an external model that only half of my computers would detect at all. The second was an PCI card that periodically would stop being detected and required a multiple reboot driver removal/reinstall process to get working again. A few years ago I replaced that one with an ATI PCIe1x card that's been entirely problem free. –  Dan Neely Mar 11 '10 at 19:14
    
I've never had a problem with any of mine. –  Shevek Mar 12 '10 at 8:39
    
Doesn't need to be a double-tuner card. Perhaps 2 tuner cards are cheaper, depending on the model. –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Aug 4 '10 at 8:36
    
@torbengb - if you have 2 cards you will have to have 2 aerial feeds. Single card will only need one aerial –  Shevek Aug 4 '10 at 14:58
    
Shevek, you seem to assume that each tuner requires its own aerial. My HTPC has 2 tuner cards (because I had one extra lying around) and the antenna cable ends in a splitter to provide the same feed to both cards. So my comment assumed not using aerials but an antenna cable... –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Aug 4 '10 at 18:12

You will have to buy a TV tuner with more than only one tuner. You cannot record from more than one channel with only one tuner.

This is like what you'd need:

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Also, take a look at this card, it's a good price and good reviews. Fits perfectly your needs

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Doesn't need to be a double-tuner card. Perhaps 2 tuner cards are cheaper, depending on the model. –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Aug 4 '10 at 8:38
    
Ok... can you change my buck for 4 quaters... –  r0ca Aug 4 '10 at 21:05

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