[mythtv-users] Need new Capture card...

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Mon Oct 19 15:45:24 UTC 2009

On Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 10:57:53AM -0400, Ken Bass wrote:
> jedi wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 09:53:41AM -0400, Ken Bass wrote:
>>> Andre Newman wrote:
>>>> On 19 Oct 2009, at 14:39, Ken Bass wrote:
>>>> I thought you guys turned all that off a few months ago?
>>> Basic cable channels are still unencrypted analog. It was over the 
>>> air  analog broadcast that was discontinued.
>> ...even for that use case, an HD-PVR is not a bad option. It has the
>> necessary inputs and what you will end up with is nicely compressed
>> and can be played back on pretty meagre hardware. Plus you would be
>> ready for HD. You could eventually record those same channels off of
>> the component inputs later (HD or SD).
> It does look like a nice product, but a bit expensive. The problem is  
> that it requires renting a cable box to use it whereas analog PCI/PCIe  

    The price of just the encoder doesn't seem to be that much more. Plus
you get a much better compression scheme (h264 vs mpeg2). If you aren't 
already bothering with cable boxes, I could certainly see why that would 
be an extra bother you don't want to deal with.


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