TV Tuner cards?

Geoffrey Leach geoff at
Sun Oct 30 23:33:48 UTC 2011

On 10/30/2011 12:44:33 PM, Richard Shaw wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 2:34 PM, Alex <mysqlstudent at> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I'm interested in a TV tuner card that I can connect to my roof
> > antenna with a RG6 coax, and wondered if anyone had any 
> suggestions?
> > I've used the Happauge cards in the past, but that was quite some
> time
> > ago. I've found the page, and although they have a list
> of
> > available TV tuners, they don't really give any impression on which
> > have the best features, etc.
> >
> > I'd probably also like to set up MythTV at some point.
> >
> > Anyone have any suggestions?
> There's plenty of history in the list archives as this is a pretty
> frequent question.
> I'm really happy with my HDHomerun 3. I'm not sure if you're familiar
> with them, but they are a stand alone tuner that basically puts the
> MPEG2 stream from ATSC (Over the air) or unencrypted cable (QAM) on
> your network. It's nice because you don't have to worry about kernel
> drivers and it also means you don't have to run your coax cable to
> your computer in a combined frontend/backend MythTV setup. My HDHR is
> in the closet with the rest of the networking equipment and my MythTV
> FE/BE is in the entertainment center.

I can second the recommendation of the HDHomerun (mine is a 2, so no 
cable). I can also offer a set of Perl scripts to manage scraping of 
shows from zap2it and programming of the recording.

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