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Just recently put op an OTA antenna and was surprised at how good the quality of HD signals are OTA! So I'm thinking about using my HTPC as a OTA recorder but was wondering what a decent HDTV tuner/capture card was that works with Linux?

I'm not looking for anything super serious that needs to provide 7x24 recording...this more for a hobby perspective and to capture some of the NFL/NHL games this fall. I'm not opposed to buying used from ebay if that's the way to go, but of course Linux support is the main requirement.

No idea what a decent HDTV tuner/capture card was or what works best with Linux...search didn't yield a lot in terms of results.

Any OTA HDTV tuner/capture cards people recommend?
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http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Capture_Cards#ATSC.2FNTSC_Cards_.28only_in_US.2FCanada_.29_MythTV

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-hardware-18/advice-on-a-good-linux-compatible-pci-video-capture-card-867536/

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Cool, thanks for the links! Gives me a good starting point!
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For the most part, anything made by Hauppauge works in Linux. I have a WinTV-HVR-950Q USB tuner that works great with MythTV.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116034
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It's not a tuner card but I highly recommend a HDHomerun:

http://www.silicondust.com/

I've got the first generation and have been using it for several years. Plug it in somewhere on the network and you're good to go. Integrates seamlessly with MythTV. I think it may work with XBMC but I'm not sure about that as I don't use it.

You'll want the HDHR3.

http://www.silicondust.com/products/hdhomerun/atsc/
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One more comment about the HDHomerun... SiliconDust has announced they are working on the next generation ATSC model but the release date is unknown. It will be another two tuner device but will transcode to h.264 on the fly. When these hit the shelf I'll be replacing my Gen 1. From what I understand you can either do passthrough of the video stream or transcoding. For the shows you want untouched you can let those through as they are broadcast but if you want to save on space you can issue the transcode flag. Nice!
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I looked at the Silicons, as Newegg had a sale recently. If you can wait, they usually have a sale on one of the models at least once a month.

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Ending up getting a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 on ebay for a good price ($14). The NTSC port is useless, but along with the ATSC tuner, this card has an FM port which is a nice extra as I occasionally like to record FM...my OTA supports FM as well as HDTV frequencies. Plus I'll use the s-video port to backup all those VHS tapes I've been meaning to do for some time now...LOL!

No idea how the PVR works under XBMC, but that's what I'm using on my HTPC so hopefully it works without too much hair pulling!

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That works fine on Linux. I gave one to a co-worker and he has had no issues with it. Just uses the digital tuner as you say.
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Yup, that's my plan. Have to admit I was shocked at how well OTA HDTV looks. I recently put up an antenna more out of curiosity to see what I could get for channel and ended up with about 30 channels. Now I'm thinking about dumping DirecTV and the $80 a month bill! Looking forward to being able to record NFL games this fall and skipping through the countless commercials games to seem have now adays...I was spoiled by my ReplayTV and it's automatic commercial skip, but SD video just doesn't cut it anymore!
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Does the FM tuner work in Linux? I'd be surprised if it did, as that is usually considered much less important by the devs.
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Does the FM tuner work in Linux? I'd be surprised if it did, as that is usually considered much less important by the devs.
No idea, I'll let you know if it works in a few days when it gets delivered.
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