[GLLUG] TV tuner for Linux

Lucian lucian at lastdot.org
Thu Jan 5 10:36:21 UTC 2017

Thanks John,

This will be used either on an Intel NUC or on a small ARM board (Rpi,
Odroid etc) so I am looking at USB devices exclusively.
I'll check your suggestions, I'll let you know how it goes.


On 4 January 2017 at 18:57, John Edwards <john at cornerstonelinux.co.uk>

> Hi
> On Wed, Jan 04, 2017 at 06:39:33PM +0000, Lucian via GLLUG wrote:
> > Can anyone recommend a DVB-t2 (Freeview HD) tuner that works out of the
> box
> > with Linux?
> That does depend on the kernel version and firmware availablity.
> A good starting point could be the MythTV wiki, although it's a little
> out of date (Oct 2015):
>         https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Digital_Tuner_Cards
> I use a PCTV 290e (aka Pinnacle PCTV nanoStick T2) with MythTV. It was
> one of the first DVB-T2 tuners available and generally works well
> unless you have a poor/low signal reception:
>         http://www.pctvsystems.com/Products/ProductsEuropeAsia/
> DVBTT2products/PCTVnanoStickT2/tabid/248/language/en-GB/Default.aspx
> Looks like they are now part of Hauppauge:
>         http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/site/products/data_290e.html
> I've also used some older Hauppauge cards and USB sticks for non-HD,
> but beware of some newer versions of the tunes that end in a "5" (eg
> "HVR-2255"):
>         https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Hauppauge
> Although that page has not been edited in about a year.
> I've been meaning to try a Hauppauge WinTV-dualHD to record multiple
> HD programs, so if anyone has good (or bad) things to say about that I
> would be interested:
>         http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/site/products/data_dualhd.html
> PCI cards also exist, which might make the cabling easier and tidier
> but I've found that they tend to be harder to diagnose problems on
> (you can't easily unplug from one machine and plug into another).
> The Windows software from both companies is pretty bad, but I hope you
> won't ever need to use it (except maybe to help diagnose problems).
> --
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