I’ve recently moved house, but now that I’ve restored internet access (always the first priority) I’ve been tasked with fully sorting out TV in the house. The previous setup isn’t bad — with a Media Server (including TV cards) tucked away, and a HTPC in the lounge. These both run Media Center and DVBLink. This way I can also get TV on my desktop PC and laptop. In the near future I’ll be building another HTPC for the bedroom TV so we can watch recorded programmes in bed. All these potential recordings and watching are beyond the capability of my current tuner setup — a BlackGold BGT3620 and a Compro S350.
The Blackgold does a great job at getting freeview HD and its a dual tuner. The Compro is a single tuner and only supports DVB-S, which means many freesat channels are now unavailable. I’ve been really impressed with the Blackgold, and I like having a mix of freeview and freesat so that a problem with one doesn’t mean no TV, so I decided to look for a DVB-S2 and DVB-T2 card. The obvious option was the blackgold BGT3600 which has a dual tuner for both (along with a cable tuner). I’ve pre-ordered one which should turn up towards the end of February with luck. This will provide me with a total of 7 usable tuners which should be more than enough for the foreseeable future. When I’ve had the card in use for a week or 2 I’ll write up some thoughts about it and drop a link in here.
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