Re: Tuner Card and NTSC/ATSC/DVB Confusion
First go here: http://www.silicondust.com/support/channels/ type in your zip code and select your cable company.
Originally Posted by platticus
This should give you a good idea of what channels are available in clear QAM on your cable system.
If any of the channels you want to watch/record do not show up on this list, you will need either an HDPVR + cable box, or the HDHomeRun Prime with cable card when it becomes available.
Otherwise pretty much any tuner card, USB tuner, or network tuner will work as long as it is capable of clear QAM.
A bit of clarification here: ATSC is a data format. 8VSB and QAM are modulation methods. 8VSB is used for all over the air broadcasts, and rarely a few stations on cable. QAM is used only on cable. Both 8VSB and QAM use ATSC formated data. (QAM is also used by your cable modem).
Windows Media Center is an appliance, MythTV is a hobby. With Windows Media Center, you are stuck with what Microsoft allows you to do. With MythTV, you have full control, but that means you must control everything yourself. You will not believe how much time you spend fiddling with MythTV. MythTV is not for every one, but neither is Windows Media Center.
Things not working for me in Ubuntu64:
Horizontal scrolling on my mouse. USB to Parallel port adaptors, HP 8200 scanner driver, floppy disks, FAX through network attached multi-function printer.