I have a few questions about tuner cards for LinuxMCE...
Which is the best TV Tuner card (internal or external device) for LinuxMCE? I am considering HDHomeRun. Is there a better alternative?
I like HDHomeRun because it has got two ATSC tuners. The bad is that there is no NTSC tuner so it cannot tune regular NTSC (correct?) .
Since it has two tuners, two Media Directors can watch two different live channels at the same time, am I right?
At the same time, I am also wondering if 100Mbps bandwidth is sufficient to stream two HD channels in the network.
I am wiring/configuring the whole Media network with its own Gigabit switch to optimize network bandwidth. Will plugging in HDHomeRun into this switch bring down the whole network to 100Mbps? Router is going to be DLink DGS-2208 which has got 128MB buffer.
BTW, does TV Tuner cards come with FM tuner built in? Or should I get FM tuners separate?
With ATSC you will definitely need a tuner per channel being watched or recorded. With DVB over here in Europe/Australia each physical channel carries a MUX (a multiplex of channels... both TV and radio) of typically 6 TV channels and say 7-8 radio only channels. Which means with a two tuner setup you can watch/record/stream any mix of channel from a pair of MUX'd channels (we have Core's with 3 x T500 twin tuner cards which here in the UK means we can cover all the UK MUX's without any restrictions to live viewing/recording)
From memory a single 1080i HD channel will typically sue about 18mbits of bandwidth do in theory on 10/100 LAN you should be able to move say 4 HD streams across it. I say in theory as this might push your routers etc a little hard. Gigabit might be a safer strategy for long term usage.