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

Jarod Wilson jarod at wilsonet.com
Tue Dec 1 19:34:14 UTC 2009

On Dec 1, 2009, at 2:01 PM, Devin Heitmueller wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 1:49 PM, Jarod Wilson <jarod at wilsonet.com> wrote:
>>> 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. :-)
>> Or get an HDHomeRun. And use multirec.
> Multirec should work for any ATSC/ClearQAM card.  This should not be
> interpreted as an incentive to use the HDHomeRun over other products.

Yeah, that should have been an "and/or use multirec", its not exclusive to the hdhr (mythtv actually supported multirec on dvb cards before it did on the hdhr).

>>> 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.
>> But that really has nothing at all to do with the choice of capture card, unless the driver is bonged in such a way that it only works with a really strong signal.
> Some products actually have an integrated LNA (low noise amplifier)
> which reduces the need for an external amplifier.  Also, different
> hardware designs vary in terms of how well they work with poor signal
> conditions (such as weak signal or multipath interference).  Not all
> tuners are created equal.  ;-)

I knew I was probably going to be corrected on that one after I already hit send. ;)

Jarod Wilson
jarod at wilsonet.com

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