[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.
Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
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