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TV Tuner

Im in the UK and I have just bought a generic tv tuner which only seems to be able to receive 7 channels. On the box it says PAL-I and PAL_B/G modes are supported (not sure what that means)

Ok so it was really cheap but do I need a freeview box as well? How can I tell for sure.

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The majority of countries using PAL have television standards with 625 lines and 25 frames, differences concern the audio carrier frequency and channel bandwidths. Standards B/G are used in most of Western Europe, standard I in the UK and Ireland, standards D/K in most of Eastern Europe.

You need to select Pal 1 when scanning for channels


Some of the other software that you can use is pinnacle, windvr or chris tv




You can try the trial version


Handy HolderSaggar maker's bottom knockerCommented:
You have an analog tuner card; you should only be getting 5 channels but you're probably picking up a couple of different transmitters and so getting two ITV regions. For Freeview you will either need to get a digital tuner card or, as you mention, a freeview digital to analog box.
craigdevAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I don't have Pal 1 only Pal I - is that the same?

using Windvr, scanning on Pal I gives me 7 channels
Handy HolderSaggar maker's bottom knockerCommented:
You can watch ITV 3 and 4 through simulcast and BBC 3 and 4 through iPlayer so it's hardly worth getting a set-top box if you've got good broadband. see the "watch" links on www.tvguide.co.uk for the ITV digital channels and www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer for the BBC digital ones.

PAL 1 must be a typo, it's PAL I. Dunno why they call them set-top boxes, mine keeps falling off my flat screen TV ;)


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