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We are often asked what TV card we recommend. Our answers varies depending on what you want to do.

These recommendations are based on either our personal experience or reported from our customers. As always, there is the possibility that the manufacturer will change the specifications, driver and/or hardware at any time so be sure to check compatility before ordering.


Linux - mythtv & web control of sky+/HD

Recommended card: Hauppauge WinTV-PCI-FM

Important features:

  • S-Video input - allows the best quality capture from your Sky box
  • No hardware compression - with mythtv we recommend using a card without hardware compression, allowing you to use mythtv's superior mpeg4 based compression.

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Windows - web control of sky+/HD

Recommended card: Hauppauge WinTV-PCI-FM

Important features:

  • S-Video input - allows the best quality capture from your Sky box
  • Drivers have DirectShow frame capture support, as required for our web control software

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Second option: Hauppauge WinTV-USB

Important features:

  • S-Video support
  • Drivers have DirectShow frame capture support, as required for our web control software

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Please note that the above cards are not compatible with Microsoft Media Center.


Windows - Microsoft Media Center

Recommended card: Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 Media Center Kit

Important features:

  • S-Video support

The above card is also compatible with our sky+ web control software, but please note that if MCE is running and configured to use the TV card the web control software will not be able to access the TV card.

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