[mythtv-users] PCI-E ATSC (US) Card Recommendation

Alan Young ayoung at teleport.com
Tue Dec 1 17:44:06 UTC 2009

James Crow wrote:
> John Freer wrote:
>> Thanks in advance...
>> Could someone suggest a recent-model PCI-E x1 (the short slot) ATSC 
>> card that will work well on my FC12 box?
>> My mobo is an Asus m4n78 pro
>> Much appreciated!
>> -----------------------------------
>> John J Freer
> I have a Hauppauge HVR-2250 PCIe x1 card. Dual ATSC/QAM tuners. The card 
> has hardware NTSC encoders, but the Linux drivers do not support them. 
> The digital side is supported with drivers built into the kernel from 
> 2.6.32. Previous kernels require a driver compile, but it is pretty 
> easy. I do not use FC12, but I think I have read that FC12 requires the 
> driver be compiled. Search the list archives for details.
> Cheers,
> James

I have the single tuner version of this card - the HVR 1250 - and it works 
just great for receiving OTA ATSC.  I'm not sure about the dual, but the 
single uses the cx23885 driver which has been in the kernel for quite some time.

If I were in the position to buy a ATSC card again, I would definitely get the 
dual tuner version.  The networks keep rearranging the schedules and sometimes 
you just need a dual tuner to get everything the significant other wants. :-)

The only hitch that I ran into is I had to get a external antenna.  I'm a ways 
  out of town, so I needed that with the built in power amp to get any kind of 
signal.  If you're in a city, you might not need that.


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