[mythtv-users] Re: DVB-S Users: Anyone have C-band?

Mike Frisch mfrisch at isurfer.ca
Mon Oct 31 08:47:04 EST 2005

On 31-Oct-05, at 12:08 AM, Greg Grotsky wrote:

> This sort of lines up with what Robert was saying.  Sounds like C- 
> band isn't the way to go now.  So how many channels do you get with  
> a 1m dish?  I hate to amdit it openly but I'm all about "free  
> channels".  With a motorized 1m dish how much can I get for free?

There are lots of channels, but it isn't cable-type programming.  You  
are *not* going to get desirable things like US networks, HBO, ESPN,  
etc.  If that's what you're after, then I'd recommend not going any  
further.  Most of the programming on DVB-S is ethnic or temporary  
(for news uplinks, special events, etc).  There is no EPG information  
either, so MythTV integration will be spotty at best.

> That's really cool, is there linux software than can move the dish  
> with DiSEqC over a coax cable?  Are you using one of these setups  
> with a myth machine?  If so I would very much like to hear about it  
> (dish type, card type, config info, etc).

Yes, there is Linux software to move the dish using DiSEqC commands.   
I am not using one, however I have used my Twinhan card with MythTV  
in the past.

The idea of it all is really cool, but unfortunately there's little  
to watch that's interesting.  Being able to grab new signals is cool,  
but the novelty wears off when you realize there's nothing to watch :)

My Twinhan card has sat idle for months.


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