[mythtv-users] Re: what cards and tools

Neil neil-on-mythtv at restricted.dyndns.org
Fri Dec 24 23:13:01 UTC 2004

Wayne Steenburg writes: 

> On Mon, 2004-11-29 at 16:07 -0600, Neil wrote:
>> hey guys,  
>> I'm overwhelmed by links that I've been finding. I wanted to seek 
>> recommendation please.  
>> FYI, the system will be linux.  
>> 1. What card should I use to capture regular channels?
>> 2. What card should I use to capture hdtv signals(OTA is fine)?
>> 3. What software should I use to record those signals to my harddisk?
>> 4. What card should I use to playback the recorded to my HDTV set?  
>> Thanks guys,  
>> Neil
>> _______________________________________________
> Hi Neil, 
> There is a searchable archive for this list at: 
> http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/ 
> This is one of those questions that have been beaten to death. But here
> are some answers to your questions: 
> 1.  For standard definition tv I would highly recommend a Hauppauge
> PVR-250 or PVR-350.  The 250 is strictly an mpeg-2 encoder.  You will
> also need a graphics card with tv out (see 4).  If you want HDTV you
> probably won't want the 350 because it's mpeg-2 decoder only works with
> the built in s-video out and won't do Hi-def. 
> 2.  I don't record HDTV, but the pcHDTV HD-3000 is the only one I've
> seen being used on this list. 
> 3. MythTV of course :) 
> 4. I'd go with a good quality Nvidia card with DVI out (assuming your
> set has a DVI input). 
> As a side note the pcHDTV HD-3000 will capture the Over-the-Air HDTV
> signal just fine, but you will need a pretty recent processor on your
> frontend to display it. (Think P4 3.0 ghz or XP3200+)

Hi Wayne, 

I'm trying to recall back what I have gathered before. Going back, if I will 
be buying the PVR-350 for recording regular broadcast, will it allow me to 
display the recorded show on my television using one of the tv-out ports? Is 
it also possible to watch live off-the-air broadcast via the mythtv to my 
television even without recording it first? 



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