How to watch MythTV television with TV tuner card?

By | May 30, 2011


I’d like to be able to get a pc tuner card. I really don’t know much about these cards, so I’d really like some help. All I know is that it has to be compatible with linux MythTV. Can someone suggest a suitable MythTV tuner card for me so I can watch MythTV ?

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MythTV tuner cardMythTV is a free and open source home entertainment application with a simplified “10-foot user interface” design for the living-room TV, and turns a computer with the necessary hardware into a network streaming digital video recorder, a digital multimedia home entertainment system, or Home Theater Personal Computer. It can be considered as a free and open source alternative to Tivo or Windows Media Center. It runs on various operating systems, primarily Linux/Mac/FreeBSD.

Which TV tuner card can work with Linux MythTV?

Actually, MythTV software supports TV tuner cards fully compatible with V4L-DVB kernel drivers.

I search in Google, it told me that “Hauppauge” card was known to be compatible. However, I could not find it anywhere in the market (SP Road, Bangalore, India). On going to one of buydvb shops, I found a “TBS TV Tuner card. I had heard from many people before that TBS TV Tuner was a good card for Linux both in terms of quality of decoding and software provided.

Here I introduce TBS TV Tuner card of QBOX3, it’s not only an video TV card, but also a MythTV tuner card compliant with Linux Ubuntu/Fedora and Windows 2000/XP/Vista. It supports both DVB-S2 and DVB-S programs receiving. It’s a mini metal box for watching and recording digital satellite TV on computer.

How to setup MythTV software so you can watch MythTV televisions?

There’re lots of installation instructions on internet, here I only mentioned it briefly. Setup MythTV backend preferences and tune TV cards, open a Terminal Window and type > MythTV-setup, you will now see the GUI for MythTV to setup the backend server and in particular the channel tuning for our broadcast streams. You will need to set up:

  1. General — General Backend settings, most user can use the defaults
  2. Capture Cards — you will configure your capture cards/devices here
  3. Video Sources — create guide data.
  4. Input connections — connect the Capture Card name to the Video Source
  5. Channel Editor — scan for your channels here
  6. Storage Groups — configure which folders your recordings will be saved.

On entering each screen, the cursor is positioned at the bottom right on the “Next” button. The cursor may not be visible. Use the up, down, left, and right cursor keys to make selections. Fields marked with up and down arrows can be modified by pressing the PageUp and PageDown keys or the left and right cursor keys; in some cases, the action is different. For example, when setting times, cursor left and cursor right change the time by minutes, while Page Up and Page Down change by half hours. Some fields, notably text fields, accept direct keyboard input. For many fields, context-sensitive help appears in the bottom part of the screen when you position on the field.

Tips: If you have more than one TV card, you only need to do the channel scan on one of the cards. All cards of the same type should point to the same video source.

When you scan for your channels make sure that you put in a frequency that corresponds to the transmitter that you will be receiving from, for instance Crystal Palace. You can find out the frequency on the web for your country and region. At last, enjoy your MythTV life.

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