Sunday, 3 May 2015

Hybrid TV PCI Card

If you want to watch life TV on your PC you might install a DVB-T USB stick these days.
A couple of years ago, when those USB sticks were not available, there were computercards that did the job.
Last week at kingsday we went to a fleemarket and found an unused Hybrid TV tuner card from Zolid (manufacture date 2009).
In the box, apart from card and software, an antenna, remote control and IR-eye had been included.
This morning I installed the card in an old Pentium IV pc that runs with Windows XP.
After installation of hard- and software (driver and "Total Media") I now can watch "free-to-air" transmissions of DVB-T stations (NPO1, NPO2, NPO2 and a local station) and listen to some radiostations. Decoding of "Teletext" signals works fine.
Besides the reception of DVB-T transmissions there is an option to watch analogue signals. Although the max receive frequency is 864 MHz, this option might be interesting for further experiments. 

Components used on the TV card:
-TDA18271 (tuner)
-TDA10048 (demodulator)
-TDA8290 (analog IF demodulator)
-SAA7131E (A/V decoder/pci interface)

                                                  Zolid TV card

Zolid TV tuner card

                                                      TV card installed in PC (aft card)

                                                   "Total Media"  up and running


  1. I have one of these tv cards, Bought it from ALDI here n Australia, Uses the same Phillips Chipset. Wondering about turning it into a SDR,

  2. Good to see that the same gear is sold in Australia :-)