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FreeOS.com: Linux and the TV

Dec 26, 2000, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amit Chattopadhyay)

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"Third compile of the new kernel not working? Maybe you need to switch off for a while and tune into some mindless TV viewing. Contrary to popular belief, Linux does support TV tuner cards and quite well too. Care to find out?"

"About eight years ago, everybody was talking about the convergence of technology. Computers had just gained the status of "Multimedia" machines. One could watch full motion, high-resolution videos in tiny 320x200 windows played off a massive 650mb cdrom disc and listen to exciting FM quality music from tinny 8 bit cards. And then someone realized that every device on earth could be integrated into the computer. One can now find integrated 3d video cards, audio cards, mpeg decoders, internal modems, web cams, pluggable microwave (huh?), and most importantly, TV Tuner Cards. "

"TV Tuner cards have existed for quite some time. Today one can pickup a TV tuner card for less than $50 or even find it integrated in the 3D/2D video card. Before you throw your TV set off the terrace, it would be worth contemplating the fact that most TV Tuner cards can hardly match the quality of any decent TV set. Unlike TV sets, which run on an analog system and do not rely on image precision, computer CRTs have to display images with a lot more detail. In most cases due to the low resolution of broadcasts, the computer CRT cannot display a sharp image. Computer CRTs display colors, relatively less sharply and vibrantly compared to TV sets."

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