[mythtv] Good Inexpensive capture card?

David Hunnisett mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Wed, 23 Oct 2002 22:44:08 +0100

On Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 02:10:26PM -0700, Jeremy Oddo wrote:
> > I have a WinTV that I just bought recently from www.ncix.com for not too
> >  much.. it has mono audio, since my audio comes straight from my
> > satellite  receiver.. It works fine, and is supported Ok..
> >
> > Not sure what's up, but you can always check on the chipset and insist
> > that  your retailer give you one with the chipsets that are known to
> > work.. These  would be listed in the v4l thingi..
> >
> Hmmm....  This is interesting.  I wonder what all the hoo-ha was over the
> WinTV cards.  How long ago did you buy it (round about)?
> Anyone else hear of other cards that work well with MythTV?
> > As for pipe dreams, I don't think so!! Mine works dandy!!
> >
> You are running it under satellite, right?  I'm going to try this with a
> digital cable set-up.  Does anyone know how the digital cable set-up
> works?  Do I use the cable box still to decode the signal or do I scrap
> the cable box altogether?
unless you get a card that can decode the digital signal then u still
need the digibox
there are cards that decode the signal huappage is one but its very
early development under linux also it can only get the free to air
channels. (some free channels are not free to air) 
free to air refers to the way the signal is scrambled free to air ar the
open ones.
So if u are using an analog card (eg bttv huapage and others) you need
the digibox to decode for you
if you have digital card you may still need the digi box to descramble
for you.
so you have the digibix as an input to the TV cap card (it could be just
a frame grabber but i dont know how mythtv would handle the lack of
You then need to control the digibox external and again not too sure how
to do this in mythtv
my digibox has ether and rs232 but the ether does not appear to do
anything and i have not yet tried the RS232 so i hope it can be
controlled from that.
The other way is to make a remote control see lirc but again not sure
how mythtv would do the controll as you would have to call an external
program to change channel.
in my area the digital signal is even more complex. The digi box decodes
the digitial signal and spurts it out through scart connecter but there
is also a arial output This carrys the cable signal raw which has some
analog channels on it (bbc 1 bbc 2 itv ch4 and ch5) this is what i use
for mythtv

> Thanks much!
> Jeremy
> >>OK, I'm new to the list so if I'm asking questions outta turn let me
> >> know...
> >>
> >>So, I am looking for a good card to run MythTV on.  I was set to pick
> >> up a Hauppauge WinTV card by I have heard that Hauppauge changes the
> >> chipset and is no longer supported under V4L.  Can anyone confirm/deny
> >> this?  What are some of the other cards that are (1) easy to find, (2)
> >> cheap, (3) supported by V4L, and (4) decent quality.
> >>
> >>BTW, I currently have digital cable here in America.  Is MythTV just a
> >> pipedream for me?
> >>
> >>Thanks for all your help
> >>(again, if this is the wrong place for my post, please point me in the
> >> right direction...thanks!)
> >>
> >>
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