[mythtv-users] PCI Express DVB-T card

John Pilkington J.Pilk at tesco.net
Tue Apr 28 11:31:47 UTC 2009

Roy Lofthouse wrote:
> 2009/4/28 Paul Gardiner <lists at glidos.net>:
>> Bill Williamson wrote:
>>> On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 7:24 PM, Phil Wild <philwild at gmail.com
>>> <mailto:philwild at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>>    I am going to purchase another DVB-T capture card and after checking
>>>    my server last night I noticed that my only spare slot is a PCI
>>>    Express slot. Looking through the wiki, I get the feeling this is not
>>>    very well supported. Is there any personal experience out there that
>>>    differs?
>>>    Are USB style capture devices as good as actual cards? My gut feel is
>>>    that they just can not be as good given the miniaturisation etc...
>>>    '
>>> Your only worry with USB is whether or not it supports full multiplex
>>> grabbing.  If you look at the PCI cards the chip isn't even the size of a
>>> stamp... there's no "not as good" going on.q
>> I thought I'd heard that generally the USB dongle-type capture cards
>> need a stronger signal than PCI cards. That not true?
>> P.

> I've been using a hauppauge usb dual dvb-t for a few months now... no issues
> I have each input set to record two channels at once and it works fine.
> I did have to buy an attenuator as the signal was too strong rather
> than too weak.

I used a Freecom usb device for some time - date of manufacture May 2006 
- but was bitten by the inadequate number of hardware filters, which 
made the BBC4/BBCradio multiplex inaccessible after a channel 
reorganisation.  There may be the usual difficulty of knowing what 
device is actually inside the package, too.

John P

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