Re: TV tuner cards
The best card which you purchase for doing what you want in my opinion is the Hauppage PVR 150, there is also a dual tuner option in the 500 version, but remember if you want to record one satellite channel, and watch another, you will also need two receivers.
In the UK, you can also get them with freeview tuners, which means you can watch the digital channels.
You don't need MCE but I found it makes the process a lot smoother but you will need PVR software to get the best out of it. Hauppage provides good software, for this though.
In regards to burning straight to DVD, as far as I am aware very few will record in a DVD format, you will need to convert it to the appropriate format, most record in mpeg format.
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