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B.M.
09-02-2008, 08:21 PM
Can anyone recommend a PCI TV Tuner card that supports:

Standard FM Radio

Free View Digital TV and Radio.

The new Terrestrial TV Service to be cut over shortly.

Thanks Bob

Bantu
09-02-2008, 08:31 PM
BM I personally have a Hauppage PVR350 and an HVR4000 card.

The 350 is fed from my TV/DVD/Sky so inputs what ever is showing on my TV at the time. It also does Radio.

The 4000 is fed from a splitter in my Satellite Sky cable. It can pick up all the freeview channels, plus radio.

The 4000 is DVB-T and DVB-S.

DVB-T currently have test channels I believe in 2-3 parts of NZ

If you check out the hauppage.co.uk forums for the 4000 it might help.
The software bundled with the 4000 does not yet work properly for all for NZ/AU but they are working on it. There are a few software apps that do work though.

Also look at these two sites.
http://forum.team-mediaportal.com/showthread.php?t=2321&highlight=new+zealand
http://mcraenz.googlepages.com/

wratterus
09-02-2008, 09:27 PM
The hardware Bantu recommend is top notch. :thumbs:

B.M.
10-02-2008, 07:14 AM
BM I personally have a Hauppage PVR350 and an HVR4000 card.

The 350 is fed from my TV/DVD/Sky so inputs what ever is showing on my TV at the time. It also does Radio.

The 4000 is fed from a splitter in my Satellite Sky cable. It can pick up all the freeview channels, plus radio.

The 4000 is DVB-T and DVB-S.

DVB-T currently have test channels I believe in 2-3 parts of NZ

If you check out the hauppage.co.uk forums for the 4000 it might help.
The software bundled with the 4000 does not yet work properly for all for NZ/AU but they are working on it. There are a few software apps that do work though.

Also look at these two sites.
http://forum.team-mediaportal.com/showthread.php?t=2321&highlight=new+zealand
http://mcraenz.googlepages.com/

Thanks guys, so does the Hauppage 4000 cover the normal FM Radio or does one need different cards?

Yes, I believe that DVB-T is running in a fair chunk of NZ unofficially.

Bantu, how do you switch between cards and am I to assume that the setup you describe allows you to enjoy all TV & Radio broadcasts available in NZ?

Cheers Bob (I'm off to check those links you gave)

Bantu
10-02-2008, 08:28 AM
I don't switch between them as such they are both in my PC.
I have software for both cards, so effectively I can record with WinTV from the 350 recording what is showing on my lounge TV, and at the same time using MediaPortal I can record 3 or 4 Freeview channels with the 4000 card at the same time (DVB-S at the moment)

I do not have a UHF aerial yet so I do not know about DVB-T
Both cards can pick up radio but currently I have the 350 picking up radio. Both come with small aerials for the radio socket.

The only radio I have bothered with is ZM, not experimented much with radio.

A couple of the blokes on the MediaPortal forum on that New Zealand thread seem to know a lot about the DVB-T/S in NZ, particularly mcreanz.

msnforum
12-02-2008, 10:27 AM
I have written up a guide to set up DVB-T for those who has DVBViewer and PowerDVD7 installed on their PC.

http://www.kryptzone.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=12&Itemid=27