[vdr] DVB-S card recommendation

Sébastien Serra sebastien.serra at gmail.com
Wed Nov 5 11:43:16 CET 2008


Most of french HD channels

2008/11/5 hudo kkow <2manybills at gmail.com>

> 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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