[mythtv-users] Why the need for a Decoder?

Dave david.collett at dart.net.au
Wed Sep 8 06:57:02 EDT 2004

I second that, dvb-t (digital FTA) is the way to go in OZ.
I have seen dvb cards for $150 at computer fairs in Canberra. The
cheapest ones are usually just fine, often they have crappier PVR
software but hardware wise they are pretty much the same (dont quote
me..). All they do is spit out a stream, the software does the rest, and
with excellent software available for linux (MythTV, vdr etc) you dont
care about the bundled stuff.

FYI: I use a Hauppage WinTV Nova-T, which works great (including the


On Wed, 2004-09-08 at 17:48, Damon Searle wrote:
> You probably should be using a DVB (digital) card anyway; these are around
> $200-$300 Australian.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org
> [mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of David Whyte
> Sent: Wednesday, 8 September 2004 2:46 PM
> To: Discussion about mythtv
> Subject: [mythtv-users] Why the need for a Decoder?
> Howdy all,
> This is probably a dumb question, but I will ask it anyways!!!
> Why would you need the additional decoder you get from the PVR 350
> over the PVR 250?  If you have MythTV backend seperate from the
> frontend is this extra feature unrequired?
> PVR 350's are $500 in Australia or $400 for the 250.  I am looking at
> getting two, which means I need to take out a loan almost :|
> Cheers,
> Dave

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