[ubuntu-uk] Suggest a ubuntu compatible TV-CARD

Javad Ayaz javadayaz at gmail.com
Wed Oct 15 10:32:03 BST 2008

I only want to view the channels on my virgin subscription. Not really
planning on recording anything. I just wana get rid of the tv because its
taking up space. Im planning on geting a bigger monitor soon so id just the
monitor as my primary tv viewing method.

2008/10/15 Rob Beard <rob at esdelle.co.uk>

> Javad Ayaz wrote:
> > now that you understand my setup...would an analogue tv card be better
> > than a digital one or vice versa?
> >
> Well it depends exactly what you want to do.
> To give you an idea... I have put a TV card in my kids PC after their TV
> blew up.  The original idea was to install MythTV and use a Freeview TV
> card so they could record their favourite programmes.  However the
> actual Freeview card would only pick up a handful of channels.  So in
> the end I just put in an analogue TV card (Pinnacle PCI PC TV Card) and
> plugged in a Freeview box.  I decided to just use TV Time to view the
> output from the Freeview box and their games consoles on the monitor.
> So I'd say if you want to just watch TV on the PC, a basic analogue card
> will probably do the job.  Just get a SCART to Phono cable so you can
> plug the Virgin box into the PC.  You'll also probably need something
> for audio (some boxes have stereo photo outputs on the back, others
> don't so you'll need a 3.5mm to 2 x Photo cable and optionally a dual
> phono to phono coupler if you don't have audio output on the box, so you
> can connect the audio from the phonos on the SCART cable to the line in
> on your PC sound card).  I haven't had a Virgin Media box in a while so
> I can't remember what outputs it has.  Another alternative if your box
> supports it is to use an S-Video cable from the Virgin box to the PC.
> That'll give a better quality picture.
> Or.... you could get a Freeview card and use MythTV.  That way MythTV
> will be able to record the Freeview channels to your hard drive.  With
> multiple Freeview sticks/cards you'll be able to record more than one
> channel, or watch one channel while recording another but you'll need an
> aerial connection as a minimum, and possibly depending on your setup, a
> Freeview aerial on the roof (you may be lucky and get away without this).
> Rob
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