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Adding Media Center TV Magic

Although PC manufacturers sell some PC models with onboard TV tuners that are ready to play and record live TV with the Media Center feature, there’s no need to leave your existing PC out of the game. TV tuners are available in both external USB and internal card varieties from many firms, including ATI, Hauppauge, and others, but there are several potential pitfalls to consider:

As long as you don’t need support for recording HBO, Showtime, or similar encrypted premium services, you can use Windows Vista Media Center along with an appropriate HDTV-compatible TV tuner to view and record standard or HD TV from broadcast or cable sources.

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