View Poll Results: What type of DVB-T tuner is in your car?

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  • I'm using PCIe card

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  • I'm using an USB tuner

    2 50.00%
  • I'm using Car Hifi DVB-T TV Receiver

    0 0%
  • I'm using standalone TV Tuner

    1 25.00%
  • I don't use anny kind of TV Tuner in my car

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Thread: Which DVB-T tuner for CarPC?

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    Constant Bitrate BADMOPAR's Avatar
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    Which DVB-T tuner for CarPC?

    I'm considering to buy an DVB-T tuner for my CarPC setup, but I'm not sure which type.

    1) PCIe - In case I'm using a hybrid type, I can receive DVB-T,analog radio and most of this card have an S-video input, that could be used for rear view camera. I have one slot free on my mobo ASUS M2N-VM DVI, so this is my favorite option, but I'm not sure if this type have sufficient sensitivity.

    2) USB - Recently I have read one USB tuner test in Czech most popular magazine and I have discovered PCTV Diversity Stick Solo which is diversity type, like most car entertainment solutions are. Maybe this type could have a better reception.

    3) Car audio solution - Designed for in car use, but have no CarPc compatibility.

    4) Standalone tuner - This option is very interesting to me too. This kind of tuner can run independently on CarPC and could power front and rear monitor at the same time. This is an example what I'm talking about.

    I'm very curious to know what you guys think and which type you are using.
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    Neither darque nor pervert DarquePervert's Avatar
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    TV in the car is going to have lousy reception when mobile, and even stationary, it is iffy. A lot depends on the quality of the antenna and location related to the broadcast tower.

    Considering the large number of media sources that don't require an antenna, TV is pointless in the vehicle in my opinion.
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    I don't think that TV in the vehicle is pointless, because it depends on the place where you live. I'm using mobile data connection in the city where I live and the speed is about 20Kb/s. In other (bigger) cities is connection speed about 2Mb/s, but not everywhere, so DVB-T could be good source for the news, traffic info etc. FM radio I don't use anymore, because I was working at least 10 years like a DJ and I hate those Pop s**t that makes me angry.
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    i stream my slingbox from home via 3g rocket stick and i can pretty well watch my leaf hockey games without problems at all. i have tried various tv tuners, antenna's and none come close the the digital picture i get from the sling! and a big plus is seeing the same remote, menu and channel line up as at home just a thought SNO

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    Neither darque nor pervert DarquePervert's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BADMOPAR View Post
    I don't think that TV in the vehicle is pointless, because it depends on the place where you live. I'm using mobile data connection in the city where I live and the speed is about 20Kb/s. In other (bigger) cities is connection speed about 2Mb/s, but not everywhere, so DVB-T could be good source for the news, traffic info etc. FM radio I don't use anymore, because I was working at least 10 years like a DJ and I hate those Pop s**t that makes me angry.
    Streaming TV across the internet is completely different than tuning into a TV signal across the airwaves.

    Streaming TV is dependent on your data connection, which is far more likely to be stable while moving. There are lots of cell towers to connect to in municipalities of all sizes.

    Tuning a TV station on the airwaves while moving is where the problem lies. There is usually a single broadcast tower located at a high point in the area in order to reach the most people. That TV signal is interfered with by buildings, trees, solar flares and other radio signals.
    Being able to maintain a lock on a TV broadcast signal while moving is damn near impossible.


    Your poll is discussing over-the-air tuners. I wouldn't expect any over-the-air tuner to be reliable in your vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    TV in the car is going to have lousy reception when mobile, and even stationary, it is iffy. A lot depends on the quality of the antenna and location related to the broadcast tower.

    Considering the large number of media sources that don't require an antenna, TV is pointless in the vehicle in my opinion.
    Absolutely agree with you regards reception problems, but it sounds pretty strange to me, because I was thinking that some car manufacturer like Mercedes or BMW have working solution in their cars. At least one year ago I have read a preview of one aftermarket diversity DVB-T tuner in German Car&Hifi magazine that was tested on German highways on 100 MPH with no problems at this speed.......if my memory serves well
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    DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting- Terrestrial) in Europe uses the multiplexing scheme COFDM which is designed to allow the reception of digital broadcasts in a moving vehicle. This is also what DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) uses for digital radio primarily for the reception of digital radio in cars. Therefore, there should not be an issue with reception if you use suitable antennas etc.
    If you cant pick DVB-T up in your car it is the fault of your setup and not the broadcasts.

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    Hi Bit of an old thread here but I to am intersted in what sort of card to get

    I did purchase the Avermedia A306 which works fine for TV via Windows Media Centre with win7 x64 ultimate however the audio on FM keeps breaking up and I dont believe this is due to a week signal as I tried on indoor and outdoor areial.
    However What I can not seem to be able to do is get this card operating with any front end for car pc enviroment. If there is anyone here that may of had luck for that card ( even just the FM part ) it would be greatful.
    If not a few more days of research and the purchase of another card will have to do.

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