[mythtv-users] Which tuner card to get?

Steve MacLaren scram69 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 19 23:21:48 UTC 2007

On 9/19/07, Matt Mossholder <matt+MythTV-Users at mossholder.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-09-19 at 16:21 -0500, Mathias Gibbens wrote:
> > Hi list,
> >
> >   I'm looking for a digital tuner card for my Linux system. This is my
> > first attempt at setting up TV on a computer, so thanks in advance for
> > your patience. I'm looking for a card that can receive digital OTA
> > channels, both SD and HD. I've looked at the pcHDTV 5500, and there
> > are mixed reviews. Some love it and others report problems receiving
> > channels. What's worked well for people on this list? I want to get a
> > good, solid PCI card receiver, and not an external one like the
> > HDHomeRun. Thanks for your help!
> >
> > Mathias
> >
> > PS   I'm in the USA
> >
> Mathias,
>         Although you said you didn't want one, I am going to recommend the
> HDHomerun anyway :) From my experience, "good, solid" doesn't describe
> what I have experienced with PCI cards.  The HDHomerun has been both
> solid AND cheap, especially when you consider it has two tuners, rather
> than just one. When you add in that it can be shared by multiple
> devices, with a bit of schedule avoidance, and that sure makes it a
> winner in my book.
>                 --Matt
> Have to agree here; the description "good, solid" only applies to one of
the three types of tuners I own - the HDHomerun.
"It is hard not to feel that China has spent the last six years training for
the Olympics while we've spent ourselves into debt on iPods and Al Qaeda."
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