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Hope it's ok to post again so soon, I'm looking at getting a HD TV card fitted to my PC, will it run with Linux and if so do I need to get drivers or will the program get them for me,I'm running Ubutu.
First you should check if the particular card you are thinking of getting is supported out of the box. If it's not specified, you could take the chance and it might work or you could google the name of the card and ubuntu to see if anyone else has had any success using that card.
Keep in mind possible limitations if your provider encrypts.. .
Is Cable/QAM supported?
The pcHDTV HD-3000 and HD-5500 cards support the three major types of cable transmissions-- 8VSB, QAM64 and QAM256. It is possible however for cable companies to encrypt channels and render the card unable to record some or all channels. Success will depend on each cable company and how they distribute cable to each neighborhood. On average in the US, 70% of cable is unencrypted. You may be able to find out exactly what is available in your area at avsforum.com's reception index
Can I use this card with satellite or Direct-TV?
Not for HDTV. You can connect your satellite set top box by s-video or composite video outputs to the HD-3000 and record video this way, but this is not HDTV.
Can I hook this up to be a PVR?
The HD-2000, HD-3000, and HD-5500 cards and drivers are compatible with many open source and Linux projects. MythTV is the most popular choice for PVR software under Linux. Free program guide information is also available when using MythTV.
You might also look at the HDhomerun. It is a dual digital tuner that is run over Ethernet. Works great with MythTV, makes it available all over your network, and illuminates machine incompatibilities. You can even watch the stream with VLC if you want.