"Wouldn't it be nice to sit at your Linux machine and have a
crisp little color TV screen right there in one of your desktop
windows? Using a cheapo TV tuner card, you can get great picture
and sound quality on anything from an old 133 MHz Pentium on up.
The hardware requirements, at $20 for a TV card after rebates, are
pretty modest, and the payoff is a lot of fun...
"Obviously, you can put a TV card in a more current desktop
machine and be quite happy. I've found that the main factors
influencing performance are video memory, followed by main memory.
Increasing video memory allows for a larger TV window on the screen
and better picture quality..."