[linux-dvb] DVB Hardware question

Sid Boyce sboyce at blueyonder.co.uk
Thu Aug 23 23:35:20 CEST 2007


P. van Gaans wrote:
> On 08/23/2007 12:26 PM, Sid Boyce wrote:
>> Yesterday I was asked a question about DVB cards, "Are there different 
>> cards needed for PAL and NTSC?", my friend wanted to know if he bought 
>> a PC with a DVB card in the UK (PAL-I), whether the card would work in 
>> the USA (NTSC).
>> I told him a different tuner is needed. Am I correct or is it 
>> dependent on  the manufacturer? What about DVB-S cards, would they be 
>> dependent on the transponder frequencies of available satellites?
>> Suggested cards and any pertinent info.
>> Thanks and Regards
>> Sid.
> 
> NTSC or PAL doesn't matter. Any DVB-T/S/C card from Europe can perfectly 
> show PAL, NTSC, HDTV (MPEG2/h.264) or pretty much any other format as 
> long as an (MPEG) decoder for the given format is available.
> 
> In case of analog TV cards, most TV cards today support PAL, NTSC and 
> SECAM all in one card. These can be used worldwide.
> 
> The DVB-T/S/C cards will often not work in the USA. Not because of 
> PAL/NTSC, but because the USA often uses ATSC. Check up with your local 
> provider to find out if they use DVB or ATSC.
> 
Thanks, I'll make further enquiries. I've learned something new, so now 
I can read up on ATSC.

> I don't mind helping you, I only wonder why you post this to this list, 
> because what does this have to do with Linux..
> 
> 

Much, as I have given up on providing help on any issue to do with 
Windows. I only install, configure and provide help on Linux - I have 
quite a few people running Linux as their sole OS, even one 79 year old 
and one 68 year old, both new to computers and happily using Linux.
Regards
Sid.
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