Exclusive Unboxing of the Black Gold BGT3620 Dual DVB-T/T2 Tuner Card

We have been waiting for a dual DVBT/T2 tuner card with Freeview HD support for a while – and today one arrived in the form of the Black Gold BGT3620. Let’s take an exclusive quick look at this little beauty.

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Here is how Black Gold describe the BGT3620:

The BGT3620 is a premium multi-channel hybrid tuner, digital demodulator, analogue capture, intelligent remote PCI-express PCTV product, implemented on a miniature platform. The  product is capable of receiving standard and high definition digital broadcast program content, including the new UK Freeview HD channels. It is designed to transform a personal computer into a high-end audio video entertainment system, supporting external video streams and worldwide HD broadcast streams.

Hardware receiver support – Analogue terrestrial (PAL, NTSC, CECAM), dual digital terrestrial including both DVB-T and DVB-T2, dual digital cable DVB-C.

What’s In The Box?

Well, more like what was in the jiffy bag, because this one wasn’t actually boxed so I can’t say what should be in there.

In this case though, I got the BGT3620 card, and a set of cables.

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As you can see from the card in the pictures above, there is no bracket attached. This is because the card comes with two different size brackets, depending on the type of computer you are fitting it in. You also get the two tiny screws and a mini screwdriver.

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Fitting the bracket to the card was simple and took a few seconds.

Now it’s time to go put it in my machine and see what happens…….

And I would like to say a big thank you to Tranquil for loaning me the BGT3620 for a few days to play with. Tranquil are selling the BGT3620 as part of their Platinum ixL range.

You can also learn more about the BGT3620 from the Black Gold website.

Look out for the full review shortly.

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    Have one on order, want it now! Bring on the full review

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  • http://usingwindowshomeserver.com Andrew Edney

    I'm installing right now :-)

    And I checked I could get Freeview HD in my area first as well!

  • Ethan

    So, one of the requirements for a Freeview HD certified hardware require that it supports DRM, however there is supposed to be provision at minimum for one managed copy.

    That sounds impossible to try and implement into a component, have they done anything to try and support this? And how is software support for DVB-t2?

    • http://usingwindowshomeserver.com Andrew Edney

      thanks for the question Ethan.

      The honest answer at this point is that I dont know – I've been trying to get a reply from Black Gold for a few weeks but had no joy!

      I only got the card because Tranquil were kind enough to lend me one for a few days.

      Does anyone know the answer?

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  • PeterC

    Hi Andrew

    No software supplied? [other than BDA drivers presumably?] So restricted to Media Center type OSes out of the box?

    I use the free recording software below with my current DVB-T cards. The author of the software thinks it may work with DVB-T2 cards with BDA drivers.

    Could I be cheeky and ask if you've got time to try it?

    http://sourceforge.net/projects
    /tvschedulerpro/

    Thanks

    Peter

    • http://usingwindowshomeserver.com Andrew Edney

      Peter

      I dont know what will come from Black Gold themselves – remember this card was loaned to me by Tranquil :-)

      I have the card until tomorrow so I will test that later today :-)

      Just ask Diehard, if you dont ask, you dont get!

      • http://usingwindowshomeserver.com Andrew Edney

        Peter

        I have tried TVScheduler and it finds the card and the HD channels.

        Andrew

        • PeterC

          Thanks Andrew!

          I guess you haven't tried making a recording?

          I use XMLTVGUI to get data for the EPG.
          http://www.birtles.org.uk/xmltv/
          Thanks again even if you don't have time to try arecording.

          Peter

          • http://usingwindowshomeserver.com Andrew Edney

            thanks Peter – the card has been sent back now as I only had it for a day, but MY card will be here shortly and I will test it properly again then :-)

  • Alex

    Hi, just wanted to let you know that there's now also the PCTV nanoStick T2 (290e) DVB-T2 USB tuner which I received today. Still trying to get it to show the Freeview HD channels in Windows 7 Media Center but will let you know how I get on.

    PS: The supplied software is rather basic but finds the 4 HD channels. And DVB Link does as well.

    • http://usingwindowshomeserver.com Andrew Edney

      thanks Alex – that is really good to know. I'm literally posted my review now of the BGT3620. Let us know how you get on.

      • Alex

        Well, I'm pleased to report that the USB tuner works very well in MCE showing all DVB-T and DVB-T2 channels (although their homepage states that DVB-T2 doesn't work in MCE which is wrong – it works!). But, and this is a big but, I could only get MCE to scan BOTH T and T2 channels when I made the stick the only DVB-T/T2 tuner available within MCE. As soon as there is another DVB-T tuner MCE will only scan the T channels and not the T2 ones. After 4 hours I couldn't find a way of telling MCE to scan channels using the stick. Finally, I gave up and am now using DVBLink for the stick and MCE for the other three tuners (2x DVB-T, 1x DVB-S) and it works perfectly.

        • PeterC

          Hi Alex

          You might want to try TV Scheduler Pro
          http://sourceforge.net/projects/tvschedulerpro/
          [copy and paste above link]

          I used to have trouble with multiple devices In Media Center but TVSP had no trouble using them all. Interested to know myself if your PCTV device works ok with TVSP since I'm trying to decide between this and the BGT3620.

        • http://usingwindowshomeserver.com Andrew Edney

          Well I'm glad to hear that it works and you have a solution for now!

          • Alex

            After spending another 4 hours with pointless channel searches I have now found the perfect solution for all channels within MCE and without using DVBLink. The trick is to NOT pool the DVB-T tuners when setting up the tuners within MCE. Instead, create one terrestrial DVB-T tuner for the DVB-T2 stick, another one for the DVB-T cards and a third satellite DVB-S tuner for the Freesat card. Doing it this way MCE scans all three pools (DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-S) and all channels are found during this (rather long) scan. Glad that it finally worked and must say I'm now really pleased with having two sources to record HD material (one only for 4HD).

            • http://usingwindowshomeserver.com Andrew Edney

              thanks Alex – thats good to know!

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  • John Maguire

    I ordered one of these cards on 28th December expecting to get it sometime in January, remarkably it arrived (normal Royal Mail post) on 30th so I certainly can't fault Blackgold's service. I uninstalled the two USB DVB-T tuners I had been using and fitted the 3620 using the drivers I had previously downloaded. MCE claimed I had four DVB-T tuners (2 X 3620 and 2 X 3620 (MCE)) and one analogue tuners. The only way I could get it to scan any channels was to only select the two 3620-(MCE) tuners, then it found all of the Freeview and Freeview HD channels. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else so I am wondering if it is something specific to my setup.

    One question, is there any way to make use of the analogue video input (either in MCE or otherwise) as a video capture device, specifically the analogue output from my Virgin Media cable box?

    John

    • http://usingwindowshomeserver.com Andrew Edney

      That's really good that it came that quickly :-)

      I don't know if you can do that – I will see if I can find out though….

      Andrew

      • Tony Shubrook

        Did anyone find a reliable way of using the analogue video input as a vikdeo caprure device? I am trying to transfer some old VHS tapes and it is driving me nuts trying to get it to work with WMC7.

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