My card uses the saa7134 driver. lspci output:
00:0a.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7131/SAA7133/SAA7135 Video Broadcast Decoder (rev d1) Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. TV@nywhere Plus
It seems in 2.6 kernels with this driver the remote should just register as a keyboard, you can check in /proc/bus/input/devices if it shows up. Mine did not out of the box on debian testing with a 2.6.26 kernel.
With 2.6.29 a patch (http://marc.info/?l=linux-video&m=122086916009931&w=2) is integrated which does make the remote show up as a keyboard input. Using it then with lirc requires a special config file: http://linux.bytesex.org/v4l2/faq.html#lircd , which seems to be the same essentially as http://www.lemis.com/grog/programs/multimedia/TVatnywhere. I ended up using the former. It does work fine now, aside from two buttons which are switched somehow, which is not a big deal to me.
The remaining step is to setup an ~/.lircrc. Information on this is surprisingly sparse, so I’ll post my version shortly.