If you mean TV Tuner cards, they will work with any version of Windows. You just connect the aerial cable from your TV or VCR into the card and you can watch and record fullscreen or in a window.
I haven't tried connecting a console, but I'm sure it can be done by tuning into the correct frequency/channel. The capture rate might not be too good though. If it does work, you could record games in realtime to mpeg
I installed a cheapo Happauge Win-TV card $18 from Surplus Computers and it works fine on XP Pro. It has both a cable tuner and a direct video input. The game console would probably be better on the direct video input.
There is some latency (action lag time) in the digitizing cards. For faster response times, if you want TV and game console on your computer monitor, you should consider one of those standalone boxes that run your VGA through them and overlay the video on it.
That is one expensive card. I got mine for 25 bucks and I can plug my gamecube into it and play with no problems and no noticeable lag...Plus the capture resolution on that one isn't that much higher than mine.
Come to think of it that's how I made my avatar. Doesn't look too bad.
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