[mythtv-users] PVR-250 Model 975 vs. Model 980

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Wed Sep 8 00:09:20 EDT 2004

On 09/07/2004 10:07 PM, Christopher Flynn wrote:

>I am planning on building a mythtv system and I still haven't decided
>if I should use my 1.2Ghz Athlon with 256 Megs RAM or just build a new
>system that's super quiet and fits in my entertainment center. For now
>I have decided to play with existing computer and see how it works.
>Either way I need a tv capture card. I was going back and forth
>between the 250 and 350 but since I will probably want to view divX
>movies and the like I figured I'd just go for the 250.
Good decision, IMHO, if for no other reason, Goom!

>Now on amazon I
>noticed they had 2 models, the 975 and the 980, both described as the
The Hauppauge PVR-250MCE is model 975.  The PVR-250 is model 980.  
Generally speaking, the PVR-250 has an IR remote/receiver and no FM 
tuner.  The PVR-250MCE has no IR remote/receiver and does have an FM tuner.

> The 975 is $133.99 and the 980 is $128.94 so not a big deal,
>980 is a popular choice. (and I haven't really found anything talking
>about the 975) However they have a new and used section and someone
>has it for $70.97... it appears it is an actual company. I could
>essentially buy 2 for almost the same price as one.
As long as it's not the Blackbird design, it will work.

>So my question is, what is the difference? Amazon doesn't have much
>information about the 975 nor could I find much doing a search. I
>ended up ordering it because if it works it just saved me a lot of


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