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# 125692 16-Jul-2013 15:30
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I have finally ditched sky and am looking for a TVTuner card to record freeview via DVB-T. i am looking at the HVR-2210 card and was wondering about the recording type. Its says that it records in Mpeg2 whereas the more expensive 4400 records in h264 also.
Any downside to mpeg2 recording?

so at this stage im looking at the 2210 and use next PVR as the backend and XBMC 11 as the front end.
not sure if its worth upgrading to XBMC 12 to use its PVR functions?

also my old HTPC (e4300 core 2) is now only running 1 gig of ram due to 1 stick dyeing. is 1 gig going to be an issue bottle necking the PVR functions?? XBMC runs fine at the mo on 1 gig in windows 7 pro.

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  # 857474 16-Jul-2013 15:52
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These tuner cards don't dictate the codec, they simply copy the broadcast stream as is onto the hard drive

For terrestrial all broadcasts are H.264 in and MPEG-2 TS container. For Satellite it is MPEG-2 (for freeview) video in an MPEG2-TS container.

Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat APAC a Technology Evangelist and Product Manager. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.

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  # 857491 16-Jul-2013 16:31
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I use a HVR2200 and it records everything as a .ts file.
Dead easy to edit with VideoReDo.
The files play OK on my Sony TV and my Media Player as well as VLC and others.

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