[mythtv-users] ATSC tuner advice wanted

Rod Smith mythtv at rodsbooks.com
Sat Aug 21 15:00:46 UTC 2021


Long story short: Because of recent changes made by Cox, I'm planning to
cut my cable TV service and switch to a combination of streaming and OTA
recording. For the latter, I need an ATSC recording solution, but I'm
afraid I'm having difficulty navigating the sea of options, given
outdated Web pages, contradictory online information, confusing model
references, etc.

I'd like something that can record at least two independent channels
(not just two on the same transport stream), and I prefer something that
connects via USB or Ethernet, rather than as a plug-in card. I live far
enough away from the broadcast towers that signal strength is likely to
be weak on at least some stations, so if a tuner is known to have
problems with weak signals, I'd prefer to avoid it. (Would a 2-tuner
device be a better choice than a 4-tuner device for this reason?) I'm
currently running Ubuntu 20.04 on my main MythTV backend, but I may need
to run the tuner on another system that's running Ubuntu 21.04.

I've looked at a few tuners, but am uncertain about most of them:

* HDHomerun Flex Duo and Flex 4K -- These are both new enough that
  I can't find any definitive information on whether they're supported
  by MythTV.
* HDHomerun Connect Duo and Connect Quattro -- These seem to be the
  predecessors to the above and the MythTV wiki claims they're
  supported, but they're discontinued. I do see some available on
  eBay, though.
* Hauppauge WinTV-quadHD USB -- Hauppauge's support page[1] specifies
  that there's a PPA with drivers, but not for Ubuntu 21.04; and
  online discussions I've found all seem to refer to the PCIe product
  with a similar name, not the USB version, so I'm not confident it
  really works.
* Hauppauge WinTV-quadHD PCIe -- This one at least seems to be
  supported by Linux/MythTV, but as I said, I prefer an external USB
  or Ethernet device, if possible.
* Hauppauge WinTV-dualHD -- There seem to be several versions of
  this one with differing part numbers and varying support levels in
  MythTV, which makes it hard for me to know if what I buy would
  work at all.

At the moment, I'm leaning toward getting an HDHomerun Connect Duo or
Quattro on eBay; but if another option would work better (either from
the above list or something else I've overlooked), I'd appreciate some
guidance on the matter.


[1] https://www.hauppauge.com/pages/support/support_linux.html

Rod Smith
rodsmith at rodsbooks.com

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