TV/FM tuners allow you to watch on your computer TV and listen to radio. With TV tuner on computer it is possible at any time to watch your favorite TV series or talk show, a football match or news of the day. How to choose a TV tuner for your computer?

A TV tuner is a special device that allows you to receive a television signal (analog or digital) and play it on the monitor of the user's computer.Almost all modern TV tuners are equipped with receivers also FM radio.

To select the TV tuner, you should be familiar with the basic characteristics of these devices. First, different TV tuners on the standards of the taken television signal. So, in the conditions of Russian reality the television has several standards.

  • terrestrial and cable analog TV broadcasting SECAM (Soviet standard), PAL (European standard)
  • terrestrial digital TV broadcasting DVB-T (European standard)
  • cable digital TV broadcasting DVB-C (European standard)
  • satellite digital TV broadcasting DVB-S (European standard).

Therefore, to select the TV tuner for computer. It is necessary to determine which signal - analog or digital - this TV tuner will receive. There are models of tuners that support only one type of signal, and there are also hybrid models that support both types of signal.

By way of connecting to the computer TV tuners are divided into internal and external. Internal TV tuners set in one of the connectors of the motherboard: PCI or PCI-E. PCI-E Connector may be absent on motherboards older models, so older computers will suit TV tuners with a connection to the PCI connector.

External TV tuners most often connect to the computer via USB interface. There are also models that are connected via the PCMCIA interface. Such models are convenient for laptops, in which there is usually no place to install an additional internal board. External TV tuners are more expensive than internal ones, however their main characteristics are practically the same.

There is a separate group of external TV tuners that connect directly to the monitor.  Selecting TV tuners of this group is convenient for watching TV programs without turning on the computer itself. So you can turn a normal monitor into a TV. The TV tuners connected to the monitor do not have such wide possibilities as TV tuners connected directly to the computer.

TV tuners during operation, uses the PC resources, so important compatibility of this device with your computer operating system. Most TV tuners are compatible with Windows OS and only a small part supports operating systems Mac OS or Linux.

To select a TV tuner, you should also pay attention to some additional parameters.  Often in addition to watching TV programs on the computer, the user also needs to record television or make "screenshots" (screenshots). Depending on the need for certain additional functions, you can select a TV tuner with the appropriate set of features.

Remote control. which are often equipped with modern TV tuners, allows you to turn your computer into a full-fledged TV. And with the help of special software TV tuner can be turned into a remote control computer: play discs, run applications, etc.