DVB-S PCI Cards

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On this page you will find information regarding DVB-S PCI cards.

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In any regard, in respect to the above listed suggestions, you may find it to be the case that your device is actually already supported or that experimental support is available.
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Supported DVB-S PCI Cards

The following tables list the confirmed working DVB-S PCI cards and provides a brief summary of their features and components. If you need more technical information on a particular device, have a look at its specific wiki article.

DVB-S "Full-Featured" Cards

All these, so called, "full-featured" or "premium" cards have a AV711x MPEG-2 Decoder onboard. Please be sure to know their limitations before you go and spend a lot of money for these cards. You need at least one of them in your VDR System unless you install the VDR Software Decoder Plugin. All other DVB programs a free of this limitation.

The more modern approach are the decoder-less (i.e. so called, "budget") cards listed below, as every modern computer is able to decode MPEG-2 in software nowadays.

Rev. 1.3 Cards:

Vendor

Model number

Price

Linux-Support
Peripheral connectors
Comments Pictures
Fujitsu Siemens

DVB-S Rev 1.3

supports: DVB, VDR

Connectors:

  • Sat in
  • Sat out
  • Composite
  • Audio 3,5mm
  • Jumper2
Compared to other Revisions:
  • Sound not that brilliant (has 81dB dynamic at 16Bit)
  • 4-5% of the Tuners need a lot of power and get really hot
  • a design-fault in the 5V power supply of the Tuners causes unstable SNR und STR, but there's a mod for that.
  • symbolrates > 8 MBaud can be used
Hauppauge Rev. 1.3 Card
Galaxis PCTV-SAT

DVB-S Rev 1.3

supports: DVB, VDR

Connectors:

  • Sat in
  • Sat out
  • Composite
  • Audio 3,5mm
  • Common Interface
  • Jumper2
Compared to other Revisions:
  • 4-5% of the Tuners need a lot of power and get really hot
  • symbolrates > 8 MBaud can be used
Galaxis Rev. 1.3 card
SATELCO

Highend PCI (DVB-S) [1]
DVB-S Rev 1.3

supports: DVB, VDR

Connectors:

  • Sat in
  • Composite
  • Audio 3,5mm
  • Common Interface Connector
Compared to other Hardware:
  • Tuner is much better than TwinHan VP-1030.


Also see: FF Rev. 1.3 DVB-S Cards

Rev. 1.5 Cards:

Vendor

Model number

Price

Linux-Support
Peripheral connectors
Comments Pictures
TechniSat

SkyStar 1

supports: DVB, VDR

Connectors:

  • Sat in
  • Composite
  • Audio 3,5mm
  • Jumper2
Compared to other Revisions:
  • Sounds better (has 101dB dynamic at 24bit)
  • uses LNBP16 (not LNBP13) => 650mA (was: 500mA) for LNB
  • symbolrates: 1-45 Mbaud


Also see: FF Rev. 1.5 DVB-S Cards

Technisat skystar 1.jpg

Rev. 1.6 Cards:

Vendor

Model number

Price

Linux-Support
Peripheral connectors
Comments Pictures
Fujitsu Siemens

Rev.1.6

Hauppauge
Rev.1.6

supports: DVB, VDR

Connections:

  • Sat in
  • Composite
  • Audio 3,5mm
  • Jumper2
Compared to other Revisions:
  • Sounds better (has 101dB dynamic at 24bit)
  • doesn't produce that much heat => QPSK Demodulator IC doesn't need a metal-heatpipe
  • uses LNBP16 (not LNBP13) => 650mA (was: 500mA) for LNB
  • 2 Watt safety - less crashes because of heat
  • symbolrate 8-45 Mbaud
Fujitsu Siemens Rev. 1.6 card

Rev. 2.1 Cards:

Vendor

Model number

Price

Linux-Support
Peripheral connectors
Comments Pictures
Hauppauge

WinTV-Nexus-S Rev. 2.1

(link to recent Nexus)

supports: DVB, VDR

Connections:

  • Sat in
  • Sat out (only BSRU6-701a Tuner)
  • Connector for Audio/Video cable
  • Connection for IR-Receiver
Compared to other Revisions:
  • Sound not that brilliant (has 81dB dynamic at 16Bit)
  • IR -Remote included (Nexus)
  • Connectorcable included (digitaler audio output, Video...)
  • symbolrate 1-45 Mbaud
Hauppauge WinTV-Nexus-S Rev. 2.1 card

Rev. 2.2 Cards:

Vendor

Model number

Price

Linux-Support
Peripheral connectors
Comments Pictures
Hauppauge

WinTV-Nexus-S Rev.2.2

(link to recent Nexus)

supports: DVB, VDR

Connections:

  • Sat in
  • Sat out (only BSRU6-701a Tuner)
  • Connector for Audio/Video cable
  • Connection for IR-Receiver
Compared to other Revisions:
  • like Rev. 2.1 but other Vendor-ID and other Soundchip
  • Sounds better (has 101dB dynamic at 24bit)
  • IR -Remote included (Nexus)
  • Connectorcable included (digitaler audio output, Video...)
  • symbolrate 1-45 Mbaud
Hauppauge WinTV-Nexus-S Rev. 2.2 card

Rev.2.3 Cards:

Vendor

Model number

Price

Linux-Support
Peripheral connectors
Comments Pictures
Links
Developer Infos

Satelco
Highend PCI (DVB-S)
DVB-S Rev 2.3

supports: DVB, VDR

Connectors:

  • Sat in
  • Special connector
  • IR receiver
  • Seems to have Jumper2 (not tested)
  • Common Interface Connector


Connectors on adapter cable for special connector

  • Composite (FBAS, yellow cinch female)
  • Audio left (white cinch female)
  • Audio right (red cinch female)
  • Audio 3,5mm male
  • SPDIF out, supports PCM and Dolby Digital (black cinch female)
Compared to other Hardware:
  • Includes IR receiver
  • Includes remote control
DVB Satelco High End rev2 3.jpg


DVB-S Budget Cards

The way to go if you own a recent computer and are not willing to spend too much money for state-of-the art technology.

Manufacturer /

Model number /

Price

Supports Tuner / Chips Connections Others Pictures
Digital Rise

DTV PCI Sat FTA [2]

DVB Sat in A TwinHan VP-1020A clone (see TwinHan Card List)
Digital Rise

DTV PCI Sat CI [3]

DVB Sat in

Common Interface

A TwinHan clone (see TwinHan Card List)
DViCO

FusionHDTV DVB-S

  • LG QPSK NIM
    • STV0299B
  • CX2388X
Sat in x 2
Fujitsu Siemens

Activy DVB-S Budget

DVB, VDR Sat in
Fujitsu-Siemens Activy DVB-s budget.jpg
Geniatech

DVB-S Digistar

DVB
  • CX23882 Broadcast Decoder
  • CX24123 QPSK Demod
  • CX24109 Satellite Tuner
  • Sat in
  • Sat out
  • Composite in
  • IR connector
Live playback skipping and pixelated. Records without live playback fine.
Hauppauge

WinTV-NOVA-SE2
Model 639

DVB Sat in
NOVA-SE2.jpg

Hauppauge

WinTV-NOVA-S PCI
Modell 541 [4]

DVB, VDR Sat in [5]
Hauppauge

WinTV-NOVA-S-Plus
Modell 794

DVB, VDR
  • CX24123
  • ISL6421
  • Sat in
  • S-Video in
  • Video-Chinch (FBAS)-In
  • IR-Remote
  • Audio-LineIn
Nova-s-plus board front.jpg

NOVA-S-PlusMCE board angle.jpg

Hauppauge

WinTV-NOVA-CI PCI
Modell 588 [6]

DVB, VDR Sat in

Common Interface

Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-Ci.jpg

Hauppauge-nova-ci-modul.jpg

[7]

Hercules

Smart TV Satellite

DVB Sat in

Common Interface

A TwinHan VP-1030A clone (see TwinHan Card List)
Hercules smart sat front.jpg
KNC1

TV-Station DVB-S [8]

DVB
  • Philips SU1278 (tuner) (warning : SH and SHA flavours supported)
    or

Philips Tuner 1278/SH-2,TUA6100 (PLL) is supported since Kernel 2.6.19

Sat in
Common_Interface
KNC1

TV-Star DVB-S [9]

DVB, since kernel 2.6.16
  • Philips SD1878 (tuner)
  • Philips SAA7146 (bridge)
  • Sat in
  • Sat Out
LifeView

FlyDVB-S [10]

DVB supported in v4l-dvb
  • Sat in
  • S-Video in
  • Composite in
  • Remote in
Support Linux recent kernel full LR300.jpg
Pinnacle

PCTV Sat

Pinnacle

PCTV Sat CI

DVB Sat in

Common Interface

A TwinHan VP-1030A clone (see TwinHan Card List)
Pinnacle PCTV Sat CI front.jpg
Pinnacle PCTV Sat CI back.jpg
Satelco

EasyWatch PCI (DVB-S)

DVB
  • Philips SU1278 (tuner) (warning : SH and SHA flavours supported)
    or

Philips Tuner 1278/SH-2,TUA6100 (PLL) is supported since Kernel 2.6.19

A KNC1 clone
TechniSat

SkyStar 1 CI (v3.0 only)

DVB Sat in

Common Interface

A TwinHan VP-1030A clone (see TwinHan Card List)
Technisat Skystar1CI v3 0 front.jpg
Technisat Skystar1CI v3 0 back.jpg
TechniSat

SkyStar 2 TV PCI / Sky2PC PCI

DVB, VDR Sat in Only Rev 2.6 and below supported!!! See unsupported cards.
Technisat Skystar2 front.jpg
Technisat Skystar2 back.jpg
TechnoTrend

PCline budget DVB-S [11]

DVB, VDR
Technotrend PCline budget DVB-S.jpg
TechnoTrend

TT-budget S-1500 [12]

DVB, VDR
TELES

Strato SkyDSL PCI rev1.4

DVB Sat in TechnoTrend design
TwinHan

VP-1020

DVB, VDR Sat in
TwinHan

VP-1020A

DVB, VDR Sat in
TwinHan

VP-1030

DVB, VDR Sat in
TwinHan

VP-1030A

DVB, VDR Sat in
TwinHan

VP-1022 VER 2.0 (also renamed as 102g)

DVB, VDR
  • Sat in
  • Sat out
TwinHan

VP-1030C

DVB, VDR Sat in
TwinHan

VP-1025

DVB, VDR Sat in
TwinhanVP-1025.jpg


Experimental Support

If you own one or more devices from the following list and you want to help with support development, please contact the Linux-Media Mailing List (LMML). Note that if your device is similar to or contains components for which driver development is currently being undertaken, then it is possible that you will pique the(se) developer's interest and can obtain some assistance that, possibly, leads to full support for your device.

However, please note that inquiries to the mailing list:

  • should NOT be treated as an order drop-off line/queue. You're soliciting help from volunteer developers who work on V4L-DVB matters in their spare time, and such work can be non-trivial (i.e. requiring even _thousands_ of hours work). So being demanding is one sure route to being ignored. (Honestly, this point really shouldn't even need to be written, but you'd be surprised at the number of irrational individuals who write into the mailing list demanding this or that).
  • may pass without even garnering a response -- that's a distinct by-product of the fact that there are only a limited number of developers, whom might be able to help, that are associated with the project. Often times, even if they wished to help, their energies are entirely tied up with other projects. In such cases, the best path might be to try to spearhead the driver development for your device yourself, or arrange to hire someone who can.


Vendor

Model number

Price

Chip
Tuner
Comments Pictures
Links
Developer Infos
Acorp DS110 [13]

Dvbworld DVB-S PCI2002 [14] AxessDM05 or EasyTV-DM05

SDMC DM1105 PCI
Sharp BS2F7VZ0194A tuner
IX2410 pll
STM STV0299B demodoulator
Not incuded yet in v4l-dvb

Link to driver http://liplianin.at.tut.by/ds110.html

AVerMedia
AVerTV DVB-S Hybrid+FM (A700)
AVerMedia
AVerTV DVB-S Pro (A700)


Twinhan 1027
Not incuded yet in v4l-dvb or kernel code

Link to driver http://sadnet.ru/?Skachatmz:Drugoe%3A (patch for vanilla kernel 2.6.24.4). Please test and send me result. sfstudio[at]sadnet.ru

Currently Unsupported DVB-S PCI cards:

If you own one or more devices from the following list and you want to help with support development, please contact the Linux-Media Mailing List (LMML). Note that if your device is similar to or contains components for which driver development is currently being undertaken, then it is possible that you will pique the(se) developer's interest and can obtain some assistance that, possibly, leads to full support for your device.

However, please note that inquiries to the mailing list:

  • should NOT be treated as an order drop-off line/queue. You're soliciting help from volunteer developers who work on V4L-DVB matters in their spare time, and such work can be non-trivial (i.e. requiring even _thousands_ of hours work). So being demanding is one sure route to being ignored. (Honestly, this point really shouldn't even need to be written, but you'd be surprised at the number of irrational individuals who write into the mailing list demanding this or that).
  • may pass without even garnering a response -- that's a distinct by-product of the fact that there are only a limited number of developers, whom might be able to help, that are associated with the project. Often times, even if they wished to help, their energies are entirely tied up with other projects. In such cases, the best path might be to try to spearhead the driver development for your device yourself, or arrange to hire someone who can.


Vendor

Model number

Price

Linux-Support
Peripheral connectors
Comments Pictures
Links
Developer Infos
TwinHan Technology AD-SP300 (1034)

A linux driver which can be downloaded for the Mantis family from the Twinhan website (AZLinux_v1.4.2_CI_FC6). The mantis_vp1034 only has precompiled module binaries that are only suitable for the first FC6 kernel.

Other drivers are available from http://jusst.de/manu/mantis-v4l-dvb.tar.bz2

v4l-dvb v5 (s2api) drivers are avaliable from the mercurial repository at [15]

Skystar2 Rev 2.7
Currently no Linux driver available, apparently currently being developed here: http://linuxtv.org/hg/~pb/v4l-dvb.skystar2.rev27/summary, update at http://www.linuxtv.org/pipermail/linux-dvb/2008-April/025234.html
The Skystar2 Rev 2.7 is easily recognized by its missing "tin can"
Skystar2 Rev 2.8
Currently no GPL Linux driver available. According to the mailing list we have to wait: http://www.linuxtv.org/pipermail/linux-dvb/2008-April/025234.html

Binary driver (non-GPL) available here: http://www.bbti.us/support.htm

Module: http://www.bbti.us/download/linux/TechniSat_SkyStar2-PCI_r2.8.tar.bz2

The Skystar2 Rev 2.8 is easily recognized by its punched tuner cover
Pinnacle PCTV Dual Sat Pro PCI 4000I
Currently no Linux driver available
Compro VideoMate S350
Currently no Linux driver available.
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