[mythtv-users] good capture card?

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Thu Jun 19 03:58:23 UTC 2008

On Wednesday 18 June 2008 21:36:44 Depo Catcher wrote:
>  Top posting?

Posting your reply at the top of the message, instead of under the rest of the 
thread. Discouraged here, used some other places.

>  I talked to the Best buy guy, he said suggested a few cards and said they
> would work with any cable provider.  But said they would only work in
> Windows.  Why does linux have all these different formats and encryption? 
> My friend has an apple and he just plugged the cable in and it worked.  I
> want a card just like that, but works in Linux/MythTV. 

Many many capture cards (or perhaps I should say "devices") work with Linux 
and MythTV. Some are specifically designed for Linux and won't work well with 
Windows, so I'd question how much the BB guy knows.

Be very careful of technical "advice" from a BB "expert", you'll get much 
better advice here.

Some of that advice was to specify what it is you want to capture. Analog 
cable? Digital cable? OTA? Satellite? 

Where are you? That makes a difference?

Many cards that work with Linux and Myth are described in the WiKi and in the 
archives of this list.

A device that's "good" for one user is useless for another, it all depends on 
your application.


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