i wish Audio-Video Production is correct Q&A site for that question.
I have a Satelite Reciever and i want to watch the broadcast on my Laptop, i will not use my TV anymore.
I have two options to capture the video stream,

  1. Easycap Capture Adapter
  2. Analog USB TV Tuner

but i want to learn that which one is better solution related to performance, easiness, quality ? Or, is there any better solution that you can advice?

  • Questions involving a comparison of products don't work so well on this stack exchange site. Please re-word the question to something more like "What should I look for in a video capture device". May 1, 2012 at 14:09
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    Thanks for taking the time to edit the question. I think it will work a bit better now. May 1, 2012 at 20:07

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The Easycap Capture adapter is simply a video capture device with no TV tuner, so you would not be able to receive any TV signal.

I would recommend the USB TV tuner. I'm not sure whether you will need an Analog or Digital tuner as this will vary according to where you live (here in the U.S. all stations are now Digital). If you are putting this into a desktop computer you can get an internal TV Tuner card. Hauppage makes a few good ones that will work with Windows, both internal and USB. Their products also come with software to allow you to watch and record TV. They should also work with other programs.


As for performance the TV Tuner and the Video capture card should be about the same. The TV tuner is in hardware and the video capture for both is also in hardware. If you are concerned about performance, your best bet is to get a device that has a hardware MPEG-2 encoder (usually an internal card). With my Hauppage card with built in encoding, I was able to watch TV and record without any serious performance hit to anything else I was doing at the time.

  • I've thought to use Easy Capture Adapter because i'll use DVI output of my reciever. And i think this way of streaming is analog but i just wonder that which way is preferable about the performance, easiness, quality?
    – Alper
    May 2, 2012 at 1:21
  • They should be about the same. The TV tuner and the video capture are both in the hardware. See my updated answer for details. May 2, 2012 at 12:04

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