[mythtv] Semi-OT: Which HDTV card to buy for Myth?

Taylor Jacob rtjacob at earthlink.net
Sun Jan 30 14:27:13 EST 2005

Quoting Cory Papenfuss <papenfuss at juneau.me.vt.edu>:
>  	From what I've read on it today, it has a subset MPEG decoder.  It
> won't play video, but it will interpret enough of the MPEG-TS stream to
> filter out specific PIDs.  In other words, if one is receiving a station
> that has a simultaneous SD and HD within the same "channel," then the card
> itself can choose only one or the other.

The Flexcop handles the MpegTransport Stream.  It is not a "subset MPEG
decoder".  The flexcop can filter up to 38 PIDs at the same time.  This means
you can record more than 1 station at a time.  If you exceed 38 pids then you
are in trouble.  Most channels will be 2 PIDs (Audio + Video).  So you do the

All digital TV cards do not do anything with Mpeg.  They are simply transporting
a datastream.  It could be anything they send, it just happens to be Mpeg we use
it for.


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