Record Cable TV on Your PC, Easily

At a Glance

For a price that’s hard to beat, the WinTV-DCR-2650 brings two digital HD tuners to your PC.

Price when rated: 149.

Pros

  • Less expensive than any other CableCard adapter
  • Driver CD included
  • Records up to two digital HD channels at once

Cons

  • Only two tuners; competitors offer three or four
  • Incomplete setup instructions
  • Overly bright status LEDs
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Where to buy

At a Glance

If you want a digital TV tuner that’s not tied to a single PC, the HDHomeRun Prime is your best option.

Price when rated: $188.00
Lowest price: $111.00 via Overstock.com

Pros

  • Records up to three digital HD channels at once
  • Shares tuners across a home network
  • Works with iPads

Cons

  • Wired connections recommended for best performance
  • Front-panel LEDs not labeled
  • iPad app costs extra and doesn't work well
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Where to buy

At a Glance

No longer limited to PCs with PCI slots, the USB-powered InfiniTV 4 beats other CableCard adapters by providing four digital tuners.

Lowest price: $200.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Records up to four digital HD channels at once
  • Very easy to set up
  • Tuners are shareable with other Windows 7 PCs
  • Supports software other than Windows Media Center

Cons

  • No status LEDs
  • Costs more than competing products
  • Tuner sharing can be tricky
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