TV tuner advice

Posted on 2006-06-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-25
I want to get a pretty decent TV tuner PCI card.  Unfortunately, after looking on where I usually get my computer stuff, I realized that I have no idea what "pretty decent" means.  Also, I have no idea which (if any) would run on Linux (Ubuntu - Dapper).  Can anyone recommend one that's good, but will also run on my OS?

Question by:FredPiano
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    Check out the capture cards listed at - user rated (so more than just a few opinions here) and they tell you if it has known linux compatibility as well as price.  Just note, some products don't have tuners - so you might want to do a search for only those that do.
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    I have the Hauppauge PVR250 and am very happy with it - it will record to mpeg2 with a hardware encoder.  It has Linux support:
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    I also have a Hauppauge -- the WinTV-PVR350.  Newegg carries it for $159.99 (see  The Hauppauge link for this model is
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    Well, there's been a Hauppauge PVR250 & a PVR350 suggested, so ...

    I have a PVR250, a PVR150, and a pair of PVR500's ==> ALL are excellent TV cards and have hardware encoding (the 500 is a dual tuner card).   ... and there's Linux support for all of them here:

    If you JUST want TV on your PC, and don't plan on doing a lot of PVR functionality, the PVR-150 is the most economical of these, and is just as good picture quality wise as any of them (at least I can't tell any difference; and most reviews agree).
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    ... Just reviewed the Linux support link; and there is Linux support for the less expensive MCE (media channel edition) of the PVR-150 as well --
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    ... it's obvious if you read the descriptions of ALL of the cards mentioned in this thread;  but NONE of them are HDTV cards.   I've not been able to find any HDTV cards with Linux support -- although the MyHD TV card is mentioned in several Linux forums as one which drivers are "in process" for.

    ... I presume "pretty decent" means a good non-HD tuner ==> in which case the PVR-150 link above is an excellent and inexpensive choice.

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