Summary: In short: The software sucks The card uses a PAL input rather than NTSC cable, and the converter adds a lot of noise to the picture The card started to die after a few months And now the card is fully dead Worthless, do not buy. For details, see below: I bought this card about 6 months ago. Right off the bat, I had problems with it. I hate it.
Summary: I purchased this card for transferring my 18+ year old VHS home movies to digital format before time and visible mildew ruined my tapes. I started this process a few years with a high end video card that failed. My next video card did not have video capture capabilities, so I tried an Easy Cap device. The video that was captured with Easy Cap played back much smaller than standard playback and the audio was low and terrible. Then there were the driver issues.
Summary: I installed mine in a Pentium 4 box running Linux Ubuntu 10.10 and the video is near DVD quality with a DTV tuner box feed coming in via NTSC. Several Linux applications will run the card and it's very awesome. I never tried it in a Windows machine, but it would probably be great.
Summary: I purchased this tv tuner to convert/backup VHS tapes to my hard drive. Installation was simple. Install tv tuner card into pci slot. Install software and that is it. It worked perfectly using windows vista. The recording software works well. I had to choose the directory that I wanted to save the video to and the quality setting. Press play on the VCR and push the record button on the software. Once completed a instant backup that will last forever.
Summary: I bought this because it was cheap, and use it in a linux computer running motion connected to a security camera. I could never imagine using this for tv. The quality is that bad. REALLY. It is. For the purpose I'm using it for it's ok. Mine came with an adapter from the PAL connector to regular coax, check the box.
Summary: Installation and setup went fine, but when it came to entering channel information and recording schedules things became a bit difficult. The software is not very intuitive. The problems I found are: 1) Help basically consists of showing you the screens and telling you what they can do, not necessarily how to accomplish anything. The online help is also deficient.
Summary: Like Toby's review, my card also had a European PAL connector. Although they included an adapter in the box, it reduces the signal quality causing the reception to be snowy and not sharp. With that said, I had problems getting a refund from the merchant ANTONLINE. Stay away from this card.
Summary: Wasn't impressed with this card. The controller software looks like it's designed for a pre-teen, and it's not easy to set up (It could be that a 5th grader is smarter than I am!). Great if all you want to do is watch TV on your PC (recording showss another is another thing). I ended up giving this one away and bought a Hauppauge PVR350 (sp?