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TBS PCI-E DVB-T2 Dual TV Tuner Card High Definition Digital Free to Air Tuner (DVB-T/DVB-T2) Receiver - TBS6280

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  • Dual Channel Receiver -watch or record two different channels from two different frequencies simultaneously
  • Watch free-to-air Digital Terrestrial TV on your PC. Listen to Digital Stereo Radio (DVB-T radio)Low-Profile, PCI Express Schnittstelle, DVB-Karte
  • High-Definition Video, Real-Time and Scheduled Video Recording
  • High Sensitivity DVB-T2 Tuner for the best Digital TV Reception
  • Both DVB-T2 and DVB-T are supported

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Technical Details
BrandKubik Digital Electronics
Item Weight386 g
Product Dimensions20.3 x 14.2 x 5.1 cm
Item model numberTBS6280
  
Additional Information
ASINB005JTA7TG
Best Sellers Rank 52,556 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight386 g
Date First Available8 Feb. 2011
  
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Product Description

This is a dual tuner PCI-Express interface DVB-T2/T TV Tuner Card. Watch or record two different channels from two different frequencies simultaneously. Use as a digital video recorder for recording digital terrestrial TV programs with full HDTV support. Pause a live broadcast and continue from where you left with the Time-shifting function. Card is ready with windows BDA driver and Linux driver. Ideal for watching UK Freeview SD and HD channels on your PC.

Please ensure you can receive the Digital Terrestrial Television (DVB-T, DVB-T2, Freeview) service in your region. It is recommended to use a high-gain roof aerial to enable and enjoy reliable Digital Television reception throughout the UK.

The card has one RF IN port, and one LOOP OUT port. The RF IN port is for connecting to antenna, while LOOP OUT port is for transmitting signal to another DVB-T2 receiver.

Specification
Receiving Channel: VHF Band and UHF Band
Channel Bandwidth: 6, 7, 8 MHz
DVB-T2/ T Modulation Type: QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, 256QAM
Full specification available from manufacturer's website

System Requirements
Windows XP/Vista/7/8 or Linux
Sound and graphics card with support for DirectX 9 or higher
Available PCI Express x1, x4, x8 or x16 slot
For HDTV: 2.6 GHz multi core processor
Hard disk with min. 1 GB free capacity
CD/DVD drive for software installation

Package Contents
PCI-E DVB-T2 Dual Tuner Card
Remote control
IR receiver
Low profile bracket
Mini Antenna
Software CD



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There are few DVB-T2 tuners available with PCIe interface. TBS6280 is a good price, has good performance, and most importantly TBS are supportive of Linux.
I purchased TBS6280 to work in my upgraded MythTV media centre running on Mageia 1 Linux. Compiling the drivers is easy enough, but on Mageia it is necessary to remove all the existing dvb modules first to avoid confusion over which version of the dvb drivers should be used.

Unfortunately the TBS drivers are not fully open source, so there is a risk that at some point they may terminate Linux support leaving users unable to upgrade to the latest kernels. I hope TBS see the light and either fully open source their own drivers or work with the linuxtv guys to create a reverse engineered open source driver.

Performance of the TBS6280 is very good. I get better signal quality than with the Hauppauge-Nova-T-500 is was using previously.

PROS
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- Good sensitivity
- Dual tuner
- Aerial pass through
- Committed to Linux
- User forums in which developers participate.

CONS
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- Non open source drivers
- No infra red remote driver for linux yet. One is promised shortly

Update - 10th Apr '12
The unified SD and HD driver is now available so I am restoring the star previously docked.
Still waiting for the driver for the remote control. In the meantime I am using the MythMote app on my Android to control MythTV

Update - 14th May '12
I had been having problems with the IRQ line used by TBS6290 on my Asus AT5IONT-I motherboard becoming deactivated about once a week and losing recordings until the computer was restarted. On the advice of TBS I entered this option in /etc/modprobe.conf
options saa716x_tbs-dvb int_type=1
Since then it has worked fine.
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I bought this card mainly because it supports DVB-T2 (Freeview HD in the UK)
The installation was simple, i downloaded the updated drivers (V1.0.0.6) available from the tbsdtv website.

Driver installation was quick not even requiring a reboot (Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit being my OS)
The card comes bundled with TBSViewer and DVBDream to get it working out of the box, The card is also fully supported by Windows Media Centre.
I am using it with DVBViewer pro and Dual recording works flawlessly in either SD or HD or a mix of both.
EPG data is available SD but the HD epg is encrypted, there are ways to fix this though. just Google it.

Overall i am very impressed with the card, it is £20+ cheaper than the Black Gold BGT3620 (its only real competition in the dual DVB-T2 PCI-E Market.

Have to give it 5 stars and it is faultless (even tbsviewer is ok but i recommend using Windows Media Centre or DVBViewer to get the most out of the card!

UPDATE 19th July 2012

I have to add i have been using this card since October 2011 and it really is absolutely fantastic!
I have recorded literally thousands of hours of TV (i record at least 10 shows a Day) and not once has this card ever failed me.
I really cannot recommend this card enough for a PVR PC build, It is perfect and reliable.

As one of the other reviewers mentioned it does not come with a remote control which is possibly it's only downfall.
The Windows drivers are absolutely rock solid though
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With the analogue tv signal turned off in my area the Freeview HD channels are now available, so I decided to upgrade the tuner in the Media Centre PC that we use in our lounge.

Swapping out the old DVB-T card was straightforward, except the half height mounting adaptor took a bit of wiggling to get fitted properly in place.

On powering the PC back up it attempted to identify the new device and failed, so I popped the mini CD that came in the box into the optical drive and installed from there. Then, for good luck, I went to the manufacturers website and installed the latest driver version.

In Media Centre I went into settings and found the TV channels. It seemed to work perfectly. The Guide now covers the HD channels - a recent improvement, as I was expecting to have to use a hack to get the listings.

I also changed the channel ordering and hid some channels as follows:

* Hid all the subscriber channels.
* Hid ITV1, Channel 4.
* Ordered first few channels as:
1. BBC One HD
2. BBC One (because HD doesn't show local news so I sometimes need to swap to this channel. If/when BBC One HD shows local programming I'll hide this one too.)
3. BBC Two
4. ITV 1 HD
5. Channel 4 HD
6. BBC HD

This means that the HD channels are now where the old SD channels used to be, so the system changeover doesn't confuse other family members and we automatically get the benefits of HD.

Initially everything seemed to be perfect but I then realised that some channels had jitter on them in Windows Media Centre. It took a bit of poking around to work out what the problem is.
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