TV Tuner card Suggestions

So I'm in the midst of my first month of home ownership and I've been happy to not pay for television. I don't watch much to begin with and finding out about clear QUAM I'm perfectly happy with the channels I can get that way. I am in the midst of building a new PC which I'm considering placing in the living room and hooking up to my TV for gaming purposes. It has a handy extra PCI slot which I'm thinking might get taken up by a TV tuner card.

So the question is "what card to go with?" Do any of you have suggestions for a good card? All of the reviews I've seen on Newegg have been decidedly mixed. Also this will be my first attempt at using a PC in a home theater setting. What other software/resources should I check out?

AmazingZoidberg wrote:

So I'm in the midst of my first month of home ownership and I've been happy to not pay for television. I don't watch much to begin with and finding out about clear QUAM I'm perfectly happy with the channels I can get that way. I am in the midst of building a new PC which I'm considering placing in the living room and hooking up to my TV for gaming purposes. It has a handy extra PCI slot which I'm thinking might get taken up by a TV tuner card.

So the question is "what card to go with?" Do any of you have suggestions for a good card? All of the reviews I've seen on Newegg have been decidedly mixed. Also this will be my first attempt at using a PC in a home theater setting. What other software/resources should I check out?

I'd probably go with a SiliconDust HDHomeRun dual external. But Avermedia, Hauppauge, etc are fine.

ClearQAM can be a bit of a bigger pain with the ever shifting channels with the Cable companies. And it was recently approved that cable companies don't have to keep unencrypted channels around as long as they offer an IP based alternative for those channels. So it may last quite awhile, or it may go away in a year or so. But you'll still have ATSC over the air, assuming you're close enough to towers. That's better anyway if you can get it.