[linux-dvb] [UK Specific] Ditch Sky!

Robert Longbottom RobertCL at iname.com
Tue Oct 2 14:12:49 CEST 2007


On Tue, October 2, 2007 12:49 pm, UxBoD wrote:
> Nope, don't have Sky+ and refuse to pay for it; hence looking at a MythTV
> installation.  Okay, so I would need to replace my Sky dish with a
> different one that has dual LNBs.  I presume that also means running a
> second coax cable aswell ?

Yes, or just replace the LNB and keep the dish.  I'm not sure if you need
a specific "sky" LNB for the sky dish because it isn't round, but I'd have
thought you could pick one up from somewhere (ebay maybe) or try asking in
somewhere like Maplins, I've overheard them giving reasonable advice on
satellite kit in my local branch.

And yes, you need a second coax from the dish to your reciever.  I'm not
sure if its possible to get round this using some kind of disecq switch,
but when I put my dish up, I figured running two wires wasn't much more
difficult than just running one.

Robert.

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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Robert Longbottom" <RobertCL at iname.com>
> To: linux-dvb at linuxtv.org
> Sent: Tuesday, October 2, 2007 12:43:14 PM (GMT) Europe/London
> Subject: Re: [linux-dvb] [UK Specific] Ditch Sky!
>
> On Tue, October 2, 2007 12:02 pm, UxBoD wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> I am looking to cancel our Sky contract and switch to FreeAirSat
>> services
>> ie. Just keep the Sky card but no contract.
>>
>> Have been looking around to find out the best DVB-S card to get, which
>> will also allow a CI too be connected aswell.
>>
>> The Technotrend S-2300 looks pretty good as a full featured card, and
>> has
>> a optional CI which will take two CAMs.  This would allow me to have a
>> Setanta subscription for the Rugby etc.
>>
>> I intend to build a MythTV server with possibly two of these cards and
>> split the LNB feed so that I can record and watch different channels at
>> the same time.
>
> I can't comment on which DVB-S card is best, but I can say that you can't
> just split the LNB feed - you need a dual LNB.  If you have Sky+ you
> should already have one of these.
>
> In fact it's slightly more complex than this - you could potentially
> record different channels from the same mux (there are up to 6 channels
> per mux I think), but there is currently no functionality in MythTv that
> allows for this.  There is however some work in progess for MythTv that
> allows recording multiple channels from the same mux.
>
>>
>> Will this card work okay with the 2.6 drivers and does my approach sound
>> reasonable ?
>
> Hope this helps,
> Robert.
>
>
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