[mythtv] HW CAMs, CI support, legal subscription viewing (DVB-S2)

Trisooma trisooma at xs4all.nl
Sun Jan 17 14:18:40 UTC 2010

David Kubicek wrote:
> Hello to you all.
> I'm bringing up "the big" question - there is some general knowledge 
> about some cards' CI's (mostly KNC1) working with Linux - at least 
> Kaffeine, if not MythTV. Most of these reports are rather old so I 
> looked into MythTV sources and current dvbcam.cpp seems to support CAM 
> menus, selections, etc. I guess the developers came a long way since 
> those dark days. There must have been people actually testing this 
> code, I'm kindly asking these people and anybody else with some 
> experience to step up and share their tips. :) Like you, I don't want 
> to settle for less - MythTV is the best in this area.
> However, there aren't many DVB-S cards with CI slots supported by 
> Linux and my impression is that those which work are incompatible with 
> MythTV. I've searched and read the whole -dev and -users lists and it 
> seems to me that most MythTV enthusiasts are eventually forced to turn 
> to the "dark side" and end up using borderline-legal sortcam setups. 
> After that, nobody will respond to their questions, because such 
> discussions are forbidden here. I conclude that there are basically 
> two options - watch FTA (useless) or go rogue and loose all sympathy 
> and support, which is impractical to say the least. :)
> I'd like to prevent this happening to me. I'm going to build a new 
> MythTV box and I would prefer if everything was stable, clean, legal 
> and without non-documented hacks like DVB loop devices. MythTV code 
> shows there have been some development in this area and there were 
> people with some HW CAM's writing and testing the new code. This means 
> there really is a working HW CAM for MythTV. Also, with the majority 
> of people here against softcams, there must be many users with HW CAM 
> cards. I don't think people would have gone all the way to polish 
> (rather complicated) MythTV setups just for FTA viewing.
> My question, my plea is to hear from you what you've been through, how 
> you ended up realizing your setup and any tips along the way. 
> Everything to do with DVB-S2 (or even DVB-C) and MythTV. I really hope 
> to collect some hard-to-get information and put it up on the MythTV 
> wiki for other people like me. Please, do let me know.
> Thank you,
> David Kubicek
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 I would also like to be able to use MythTV with any compatible DVB-S2 card.

Regards, Trisooma

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