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Will TV tuner cards work with satellite-TV?

by i8DRM / January 16, 2013 7:15 AM PST

Will TV tuner cards that claim to be 'cable-ready' also work for Direct-TV & other satellite providers, or does this require some other sort of PCI/PCIe expansion card?

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My brother works for Direct and his answer is no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 16, 2013 9:32 AM PST

And his answer is "we provide the tuner, so what's the question?"

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Okay so...
by i8DRM / January 24, 2013 8:56 AM PST

I'm aware of the tuner that satellite TV companies provide for TVs. Are you saying this also hooks up PCs? I'm planning on being rid of Comcast as soon as I get home PC and switch to I guess this means I don't have any use for TV tuner card?

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It depends.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2013 9:43 AM PST
In reply to: Okay so...

For satellite I can't see any use for HD. The connection is over HDMI so that's done.

For the PC tuner card, is it a newer one with ATSC? It varies with the country but in the USA your HD channels need that for over the air HD (OTA HD).


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Not sure if I'm understanding this.
by i8DRM / January 25, 2013 6:44 AM PST
In reply to: It depends.

To clarify, as I understand it, TV tuner cards that say 'cable-ready' control the cable-TV box from the PC, switching channels and all that stuff. From what you said, I'm assuming such PCI/PCIe cards do not work on satellite-TV tuner (box?). So I'm wondering if there is any equivalent expansion cards or tech that does for satellite-TV what TV tuner cards do for cable-TV? Since I plan on ditching Comcast at first opportunity, it seems like I will not be needing TV tuner card, and can use that slot for a video capture card instead.

All the TV tuner cards I'm looking at that work for both XP Pro & Linux are analog/digital combo (if that is what you mean by 'ATSC'). Not sure just how new any of them are. As regards HDMI, I will only be using VGA, component, or composite connectors. So HD is not a concern.

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Then I'm going with nope. Dead end.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 25, 2013 7:48 AM PST

Don't buy any card if you are getting Dish or DirectTV.

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by i8DRM / January 30, 2013 6:17 AM PST

will dispense with the TV tuner card then. Still need the video capture card as frame grabber to turn frames into movie stills though. Anyway, thanks for saving me money I would of wasted on TV tuner.

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After further research....
by i8DRM / April 7, 2013 7:39 AM PDT

it appears what I'm thinking about is a DVB-S TV tuner, so I'd like to alter my question. Can anyone recommend a DVB-S TV tuner card (for PCI or PCIe slot) that 'just works' with Linux? If possible, I'd prefer it to have component, s-video, or composite connectors.

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Are we talking about "non-subscription tv"?
by Oldartq / April 9, 2013 3:30 AM PDT

if such broadcasting is available, otherwise I believe they all require their own box/s...or we would have "free tv"; that would be nice. Check with the provider to see what output they have on their box then you will know if component, s-video, or composite can be use.

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Future research ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2013 3:36 AM PDT
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by i8DRM / April 22, 2013 7:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Future research ...

I'll focus research on these search terms.

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by Pepe7 / January 16, 2013 9:36 AM PST

Afaik, the technology is still not compatible.

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Examine the technolgies
by mjd420nova / April 10, 2013 12:51 PM PDT

The first level is analog TV broadcast, channells 2 to 83. These channells are scattered in bands (VHF, UHF) up and down the spectrum, with many areas between being used for other services (police-fire etc). Along came cable TV and they took the broadcast signal and mounted it on top of another carrier signal. Because they are not broadcasting anything , they could use the open areas of the spectrum to add more channells. They were labeled with letters ( A, B,C, AA, BB). The TV mfgrs caught on and started adding those channells (Cable Ready). The advent of HDTV and the conversion to all digital broadcasts, a new standard (digital) was introduced and accepted. With both cable and satelite, the signal is an RF from the dish to the box, then the digital stream is extracted as directed by the reciever box. Today, satelite and cable signals are encrypted and special keys and holograms used to insure security. Most boxes have HDMI ports but few consumer cards for HDMI input. Composite video capture cards are both PCI-e and USB but that's analog. It is possible to use both ports, HDMI and composite analog but a comparison frame by frame may show some sync difference between them.

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