Hercules Smart TV Satellite

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Card information

This card is a clone of Twinhan VP-1030A PCTV Sat CI card.

So far the difference are:

  • different sticker on tuner
  • Firmware returns a "DST-CI" identifier instead of the "DSTMCI" identifier returned by VP-1030A firmware


  • Sat input
  • CI connector for CAM module
  • Internal 8 pins connector (unknown purpose. Anyone knows ?)
  • Internal sat output

Hercules smart sat front.jpg Hercules smart sat rear.jpg

Required software

For FTA, any kernel after 2.6.7 should do.

Do de-scramble programs, you must have:

  • Linux kernel 2.6.9 or greater
  • patch for dst_ca.c (See mailing list archive)
  • Load dst_ca module

So far:

  • driver is still in development.
  • dst_ca API is not yet frozen.
  • no real dvb application (like vdr or xine) support this new API.

Required modules

Add dvb-bt8xx in your /etc/modules files and add these lines in you modprobe.conf:

options bttv i2c_hw=1 card=0x71 
options dst_ca   new_ca=1
install dvb-bt8xx /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install dvb-bt8xx; /sbin/modprobe dst

CAM tests

CAM tests on Hercules Smart TV Satellite
Type HW version Firmware version Results
SCM Red Viacess 1.0 1.06 Working, but random failures are observed
Aston Dual ? ? Not working