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Topic # 22870 10-Jun-2008 19:43
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Hi, guys, I am new and have no ideas about which TV card to buy. Any info would be appreciated. Is Hauppauge WinTV HVR1300 a good card to buy for NZ freeview?

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  Reply # 137159 10-Jun-2008 20:58
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Bit more info, are you connecting via satellite or UHF aerial?

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  Reply # 137194 10-Jun-2008 22:03
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i use a HVR1300 for terrestrial freeview, i really like it.  It works for what I want.  The bonus is that it has an onboard mpeg2 encoder, so you can use it for good analogue recording too (off a set top box or something similar)

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  Reply # 137212 11-Jun-2008 00:24
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Have you got a PCIe architecture? If so I'd go for a HVR-2200 it's dual tuner and I doubt it's much more expensive than the 1300. And if you don't have PCIe then you might be in for some pain with DVB-T HD.






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  Reply # 137242 11-Jun-2008 09:48
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Thanks, guys.

I like the built-in MPEG2 encoder and the analogue recording too.

I was told that HVR1300 can handle signals from both satellite or UHF aerial by the retailer from him I am going to buy it. But the manufacturer says it is DVB-T only. then how come it can be used for DVB-S  (which is for satellite). I really like one that is both DVB-T and DVB-S, also with MPEG2 encoder and analogue recording.

I cannot use HVR-2200, since I do not have a PCie slot.

 

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  Reply # 137249 11-Jun-2008 10:18
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If you dont have a PCI-e slot then freeview is likely not going to work to well for you.
What graphics card do you have?




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  Reply # 138825 17-Jun-2008 20:57
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mentalinc: If you dont have a PCI-e slot then freeview is likely not going to work to well for you.
What graphics card do you have?


I'm sorry but thats not the case. I am using the Nova T 500 dual tuner, which is a PCI tuner, just fine. I have defintately recorded 3 consecutive shows succesfully, don't think I have tried any higher as of yet.

Back to the OP (if they are still looking) I am pretty sure the only cards that do DVB-T, -S and analogue are Hauppauge's high end HVR PCIe cards, specifically the HVR-3000 and HVR-4000. So if you don't have PCIe you will need multiple cards, say the HVR-1300 and a seperate PCI satellite card, to meet your requirements.

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  Reply # 138910 18-Jun-2008 09:31
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amphibem:
I'm sorry but thats not the case. I am using the Nova T 500 dual tuner, which is a PCI tuner, just fine. I have defintately recorded 3 consecutive shows succesfully, don't think I have tried any higher as of yet.

Back to the OP (if they are still looking) I am pretty sure the only cards that do DVB-T, -S and analogue are Hauppauge's high end HVR PCIe cards, specifically the HVR-3000 and HVR-4000. So if you don't have PCIe you will need multiple cards, say the HVR-1300 and a seperate PCI satellite card, to meet your requirements.


My 2 HVR-3000s are sitting in PCI slots in my HTPC so I'm a little confused by the PCIe reference, unless it is because a PCIe video card is required to play DTT HD properly.  The drawback with HVR-3000 and HVR-4000 for your initial thread is no Mpeg2 hardware decoding.




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  Reply # 138915 18-Jun-2008 09:58
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Aplogies, I see what you mean by PCIe, ie graphics card. And they are the only cards with HW H.264 acceleration it appears. So unless the OP has motherboard with a PCIe 16x slot and no 1x slot (like my ASUS M2N-MX SE) they won't go far on HD.

Really should have checked before I linked on the HVR's too Embarassed

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  Reply # 138921 18-Jun-2008 10:16
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amphibem: Aplogies, I see what you mean by PCIe, ie graphics card. And they are the only cards with HW H.264 acceleration it appears.


Yeah thats what i was getting at. sorry should have been clearer.




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