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Isn't DVB a European Only Standard???
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You have probably heard the talk or seen mention of using the DVB driver with the pcHDTV card and wondered: "Huh?" The European broadcast standard is DVB, and the US Broadcasting standard is ATSC/8VSB. However, to play in Linux land, those acronyms only hold until the signal hits the card. Once it's in your computer, there is one accepted API in linux and that is Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) DVB-API supports DVB-T (terrestrial broadcast or OTA), DVB-C (Cable broadcasts), DVB-S (Satellite broadcasts), and 8VSB (North America/Korea).

DVB-API has no connection to the European broadcast standard other than it can drive boards that receive it. I wish it wasn't so, but most of the work for the API is being done in Europe so the name has stuck without confusion until the recent decision to make it the sole API for handling digital broadcast video and the addition of support for 8VSB systems (US and Korea).

Clear as mud??? Just don't think about the specifics of the signal. Once it's in your card, the DVB-API can handle it no matter what country you are in...

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