Modern TV cards can transform a PC into a multifunctional device: high picture quality and resolutions for television images, stereo or Dolby surround sound, practical use of video/teletext, the possibility to save video clips or snapshots on a hard disk - all this is available using add-on cards for about $100. The latest development has its origins in the sound processing market: using free software it's possible to receive the latest hits in compressed MP3 format and to then save these onto a hard disk with the help of a TV card.
All this has given us the impulse to test the most important products in the form of add-on cards and external boxes. Our investigations concentrated on the quality and functionality available. The following report takes a look at TV cards and the extensive services they offer under the motto: a TV card can do much more than just display television pictures on a monitor! A topic for Europeans we looked at carefully is Pay TV because one thing's clear here: buying a TV card is definitely worth its while and normally means a lot of fun!
TV picture on a monitor: as far as picture quality and sharpness are concerned, the performance of most TV cards exceeds that of normal TVs. Also, the image is absolutely flicker-free at >72Hz.