Originally Posted by ZachPruckowski
Yeah - it's a lot better to have a "bring your own tuner" set-up. Which is where a PCIe card slot would be great, but USB and FW400 aren't horrible.
What I'd like is if Apple could add ExpressCard to the iMac, but I don't see it happening. Then again, some recent additions did surprise me, e.g. FW 800 on the high end.
Originally Posted by JeffDM
You are mixing in classifications with standards so the list really isn't as forbidding as it looks.
I have a tuner board that can do NTSC, ATSC and I think it will do PAL too.
You'd need to provde NTSC, ATSC, PAL, PALplus and JTSC in analog/terrestrial.
Then you'd need to provide DVB-T (terrestrial), DVB-S (satellite) and DVB-C (cable) in digital.
Then you'd need to provide various forms of mutually incompatible card slots.
You'd end up with a tuner unit upwards of $500.
Then people would want a second tuner so they can watch one thing and record another.
And then you still wouldn't cover close to enough. So forget about it. A one-size-fits-all solution is commercial suicide.