[mythtv-users] USB tuner advice for UK DVB-T

Roger Siddons dizygotheca at ntlworld.com
Sat Sep 22 22:49:05 UTC 2012

On Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:37:56 +0100, Damian <myth at surr.co.uk> wrote:

> Hello all,
> I have only used internal DVB-T cards previously for TV tuners. I have 
> just bought a backend system with very little room inside, so want toget  
> USB tuners this time (if they will work ok).
> I currently only have a 480p projector, so SD input is fine. I'll 
> probably not be going to HD until this projector actually dies.
> There was a dual input Hauppauge device that I saw last night, but the 
> last comment on it was in 2009 and it said it had problems 
> (http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge_WinTV-NOVA-TD-Stick).
> Ideally, I'd really like something that I can expect to plug in and just 
> work. I'll be using a headless server for the first time and the idea of 
> having to manually set up drivers etc sends a shudder down my spine.
> What are you all using and what can you recommend?
> Thanks
> Damian
> _______________________________________________

I've been very impressed with the dual tuner  
http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Kworld_UB499-2T (T09 version) that  
you can pick up from Maplin's for £17 (Code A17HG). It needs a 3.2 kernel  
(ie. Ub 12.04), you have to install the firmware, it mucks up the backend  
log and the remote is rubbish.
However it's been reliable and has provided perfect recordings for the  
past 6 weeks. Much better than my Hauppauge PCI; it's now become my  
primary tuner. Build quality is questionable but for that price I don't  
need it to last forever.
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