[mythtv-users] UK Sky via DVB-S + CAM
Dibblahmythml0015 at pendor.org
Tue Jun 14 20:26:01 UTC 2005
Simon Kenyon wrote:
> On Monday 13 June 2005 19:37, Neil Davidson wrote:
>>Completely correct (much to many peoples disappointment)
>>The encryption mechanism Sky use is proprietary (amongst other things too
>>probably) so until they open it all up we'll have to live with analogue
It's not proprietary at all. Many other companies use it. It's just not
It's NDS Videoguard. And I hold a CAM for it in my hand now.
> an NDS cam does exist (if my googling is correct)
> so what is to be disappointed about?
> oh and by the way before people start mentioning hacking
> i have a completely legit sky card - it costs me a fortune each month
Yes, it does work.
Avoid Twinhan DTV Sat-CI cards. They are about £50 cheaper than a proper
card, but the power supply to the LNB *SUCKS*. Looking at it with a
scope, with *any* load on the LNB output (a finger, even), there is a 2
volt peak-peak variance in the supply (at about 22khz - No, the
switching tone is off). I'm looking to see if I can get a good solution
to this without returning the hardware.
Also, the method used to access the CAM is different to that which is
supported by Myth, at the moment. If I do get a solution to the hardware
issues, I'll see if I can do support for the CAM in Myth.
So I have the CAM working in Windows at the moment, but the signal is
very poor, so I'm seeing issues (this happens with OTA channels without
the CAM installed, so it's not the CAM's fault).
Be aware when you buy a Dragon CAM, they come blank. They require
programming - Which either needs done by your supplier, or you also need
a Fun7 (Galaxy 5) card and a programmer. I use a Dynamite, which works
well. You need Windows available for programming. Don't buy the newer
Dragon CAMs - All they have extra is a slot for their own card - Which
is for a channel that's not available on 19.2E.
Total cost so far is:
£51.50 - CAM
£39.00 - Dynamite Programmer
£12.00 - FunCard 7
£69.00 - Twinhan Vision DTV Sat-CI 1030A
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