[mythtv-users] DVB in the UK (EPG)

Craig Read craigread at csi.com
Fri Dec 10 22:23:41 UTC 2004

Tom Hughes wrote:

>In message <c0e9781f0412100127333d0816 at mail.gmail.com>
>        Greg Cope <gregcope at gmail.com> wrote:
>>Can you shed any light about drivers for this card?
>The VisionPlus that Scan have?
>As far as I know they are supported. I haven't actually got any yet
>but I am going to be ordering some soon unless I discover some reason
>why I shouldn't.
>They seem to more popular in Australia than here from what I've seen
>so they should work - people have certainly mentioned them on this
>list. They are listed at http://www.linuxtv.org/download/dvb/CARDS
>as well.
The VP cards work (I'm using one here in Aus), but can be a PITA to get 
working.  The first MythTV system I built used KnoppMyth R4V4.1 and it 
took me several days to get a picture out of the card (the first time is 
always the hardest).  I started off with Nigel Pearson's guide here: 
and stuck with the 2.4 kernel.

I had some reception issues with it though.  So I called an antenna guy 
in who said our signal is ok and recommended purchasing a Teac STB.  
When I got the STB, I realised that the reception issues were only 
partially due to environment and mostly due to my setup.  So I rebuilt 
my system with KnoppMyth R4V5 and upgraded the kernel to 2.6.9 which 
resolved the reception issues nicely.  I wrote a description of what I 
did to get it going under 2.4 here: 
http://pvrguide.no-ip.com/bbs/index.php?showtopic=4472&hl=.  I'm going 
to write another guide that explains how to getting it working using 2.6 

>>How does it compare to a Hauppauge Nova-T as I have the non-remote on
>>backorder with Scan, but these seen allot cheaper.
I can't really comment on the Hauppauge cards as I haven't used one.  
They do seem to have the best support though.

The next card I will try is the DVico Fusion HDTV.  I'm not in a great 
reception area (at the bottom of a valley out of sight of our 
transmitter), and people have been reporting that the DVico cards have a 
very strong tuner which out-performs many set top boxes.

>Indeed. It's hard to justify paying for the Hauppage, Nebula or
>Pinnacle cards if the Twinhan one is going to work. The others might
>have better Windows software but I don't care about that.
One thing to consider, is the Twinhan card doesn't have hardware 
decoding.  I'm not sure if the others do though.  The AMD 2800+ system 
I'm using seems to handle a HDTV signal ok (although I haven't checked 
out the CPU utilisation).

>My main concern is actually which card is going to cope best with
>a poor signal - my old Pioneer OnDigital box has a lot of trouble
>with one of the Muxes and I'm hoping that a modern card will be a
>bit better.
If reception is a real problem, I'd be considering the DVico.  But I 
really don't know how well the other cards work in comparison.


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