0Blackgold BGT3630 LogoBlackgold: The ultimate TV tuner card?

Whilst look­ing for drivers for my Pin­nacle 3010ix freeview tuner I noticed Black­gold have a new TV tuner due on the mar­ket.  The Black­gold BGT3630 looks pro­vi­sion­ally to tick all the boxes for me.  It sup­ports DVB-T/T2 AND DVB-S/S2 as well as Ana­log and Cable DVB-C!  So everything and the kit­chen sink.  The card is also sup­plied with low and full pro­file brack­ets and fits a PCI-E 1x slot.  I sup­pose the only thing lack­ing is that it seems to only be a single-tuner for each format.  Of course 2 cards solves that (if you have 2 pci‑e slots free in your HTPC)


If its not dual-tuner then an altern­at­ive and equi­val­ent solu­tion would be to get 2 cards — a BGT3620 for DVB-T/T2 and a BGT3595 for DVB-S2/S.  This solu­tion would actu­ally provide dual DVB-S2, dual DVB-T2 AND dual DVB-T, for a total of 6 tuners!

Update: 1‑sept-2011

There are now bet­ter options from black­gold.  The BGT3600 sup­ports dual DVB-T2, and dual DVB-S2.  The BGT3650 offers quad DVB-S2.  Both of these cards offer 4 tuners.  A pair of them would offer a more-than-suf­fi­cient 8 tuners!

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