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I am so fed up with my Sony HDR that is already obsolete. As I am a linux geek, I have been thinking on building my own media central.

Reading various hardware support list gives some information about if a card works or not, but not if its good. Also, I would like to buy a card from a vendor that actively supports linux.

Can someone recommend a really good DVB-T card?

I would need:

  • Good linux support. DVB-T support.
  • Radio as an option.
  • Two or more channels, three seems like the maximum that I would ever need, but who knows... Doesn't matter if its one or two cards, as long as it works.
  • CAM support. Additional card or built in. I have no idea of how this works actually, but I think the CA module must support mpeg4 too?
  • HDTV/Mpeg4 support (Software is fine, I guess.)

I would also need a good remote control (bluetooth) that not neccesarily needs to come with the card, and a decent fanless graphics card that handles hdtv on linux...

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closed as off topic by Wuffers, studiohack Apr 23 '11 at 0:09

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Shopping questions are off topic as per the FAQ. – Wuffers Apr 23 '11 at 0:04

My recommendation is the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2200. A linux driver has recently been developed (though it only supports the digital tuners at present).

It's a really nice card - dual tuner, support for HD, MPEG capture and it gives us a perfect signal on all UK free-to-air DVB-T channels where other cards have struggled finding more than two or three multiplexes.

Take a look to see if does all the stuff you want, but I can't recommend it enough. It's also relatively cheap for a dual tuner card.

Edit: I should mention that I've only been using it under Windows so under Linux YMMV, but the LinuxTV drivers are normally very trustworthy.

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Beat me, with a much better answer, +1 for Hauppauge - they work well on Linux despite half the products having "win" in their name. – William Hilsum Feb 4 '10 at 12:03

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