I love my Blackgold BGT3620 Freeview HD card, I did have some issues initially but its spot on now and the best Media Center TV tuner I have ever used. Now they have released details of a new low profile TV tuner the BGT3630. The tuner is best of both worlds by combining Freesat HD and Freeview HD device and takes a single PCI-express slot in a small low profile card. Windows Media Center is great for watching HD TV and I am sure this card is going to be a big seller.

Blackgold say the card is due June / July


Anticipated release June / July 2011


The BGT3630 is the world’s high performance, digital demodulator, analogue capture, intelligent remote PCI-express PCTV product, implemented on a sub-miniature platform. The  product is capable of receiving standard and high definition digital broadcast program content, including the new UK Freeview and Freesat HD channels. It is designed to transform a personal computer into the ultimate audio video entertainment system, supporting external video streams and worldwide HD broadcast streams. 

Hardware receiver support – world standard analogue terrestrial (PAL, NTSC, CECAM), digital terrestrial including both DVB-T and DVB-T2, digital satellite DVB-S and DVB-S2, digital cable DVB-C.   i.e. Two separate tuners on one card 1 x DVB-S/S2 Tuner + 1 x DVB-T/T2, DVB-C or Analogue.

Hardware external video – Composite video CVBS, S-video, Component video YPbPr, Component video RGB

Hardware remote – IR remote receiver, learning receiver, remote S3 wake-up (OEM build time options only, not on standard product. This is an option if a system builder requires a remote control other than the normal Microsoft Media Center remote USB IR sensor used for most systems)

Hardware profile – Miniature profile solution exceptionally low real estate, supporting compact half height and full height PC systems. (131mm x 69mm PCB outline including PCI-e fingers)

via Tenniswood Blog

2 thoughts on “BlackGold To Release Freeview HD & Freesat HD Low Profile TV Tuner Card”
  1. Gutted! I’ve been eagerly awaiting this rumoured tuner to come out, but was really hoping it would have 4 tuners – 2 DVB-T2 and 2 DVB-S2. Black Gold already have a card with 2 DVB-T and 2 DVB-S2, so I was hoping this would be an upgrade. I was hoping to be able to add more tuners to my Tranquil iXL media centre which only has one PCI-E slot. Now I’ll have to look at USB options (only single tuner so far) or HD home run (not HD). Don’t really see what advantages this tuner card has – if you have a Freeview feed the current DVB-T2 card gives you 2 tuners already. If you only have a Freesat feed then this card only gives you one.

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