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BlackGold BGT3620 TV Tunner Review

Thanks to the steady roll-out of Freeview HD, free-to-air high definition TV  broadcasts are slowly creeping across the UK. If you fancy funneling those HD  broadcasts through your rooftop aerial and into your Media Center PC, then  BlackGold’s BGT3620 should go automatically to the top of your list. It’s the  first dual-tuner Freeview HD card to hit the market.

Considering that it arrives in such a tiny black box, barely any bigger than  that of a pair of sunglasses, BlackGold’s BGT3620 is absolutely feature-packed.  This PCI Express x1 card has a single analogue tuner along with dual DVB-C  (Cable) and dual DVB-T2 tuners. BlackGold also supplies half- and full-height  PCI brackets, allowing the BGT3620 to squeeze into small form factor media  PCs.

The provision of a video input is something of a rarity, the supplied adapter  cable adding composite, component and S-Video inputs for hooking up external  set-top boxes or older video devices. There’s no bundled software, though – we  had to download drivers from BlackGold’s site, and there’s no documentation at  all.

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