[vdr] DVB-S card recommendation

hudo kkow 2manybills at gmail.com
Wed Nov 5 01:35:13 CET 2008


On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 1:25 PM, Tony Houghton <h at realh.co.uk> wrote:
> On Tue, 4 Nov 2008 01:26:44 +0000
> "hudo kkow" <2manybills at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 12:12 AM, Tony Houghton <h at realh.co.uk> wrote:
>> > Is it OK to ask for card recommendations here or would it be better to
>> > ask in the DVB list? I want to build a new HTPC to watch "Freesat" and I
>> > don't know what DVB-S card to buy. They're actually a bit difficult to
>> > find, being a more obscure item in the UK than DVB-T receivers.
>> >
>> > Working properly with Linux is obviously essential, and I'd like it to
>> > be compatible with DVB-S2 if that's a question of hardware, not just
>> > drivers. Ideally I'd like PCI Express rather than plain old PCI, for
>> > future-proofing and so that I can use both of my old DVB-T cards as
>> > well, on a new mATX motherboard. Having a good remote control would be
>> > helpful too.
>>
>> Well, that's like asking what's your favorite ice-cream. ;)
>> Everyone here as a preference. I for one like the Technotrend TT-3200.
>> It's DVB-S2 compliant and very popular among linux users. There are
>> others brands (like Hauppauge) and several models supported and
>> supporting DVB-S2.
>
> Thanks. I should have done more research before posting though; I found
> that PCI-e isn't usable yet so I'll have to stick to PCI (or USB if I
> desperately wanted to keep both old cards), at least initially. One
> thing I still couldn't find out is what are the practical benefits to me
> of DVB-S2? Is it necessary for BBC HD and/or ITV HD? If Freesat has no
> plans to use DVB-S2 for a few years I think I might be better off to get
> a used Hauppauge Nova S from eBay for £20 and hope that Linux supports
> PCI-e cards one day.
>
> --
> TH * http://www.realh.co.uk

Most HD channels still work on DVB-S. But if you want a future proof
card, go for DVB-S2.
To my knowledge, BBC HD and ITV HD still work on DVB-S.
There are already some providers migrating to DVB-S2. And some, like
MEO on 30W, broadcast only on DVB-S2.

It's your choice.



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