[mythtv-users] Freeview channels on UK Sky Dish. FTA vs FTV? CAM required?

Stroller linux.luser at myrealbox.com
Sat Dec 16 01:43:07 UTC 2006

On 15 Dec 2006, at 20:06, Daniel Kristjansson wrote:
> On Fri, 2006-12-15 at 19:31 +0000, Stroller wrote:
>> ...
>> but it's not clear to me if
>> CAMs are compatible with MythTV, whether only certain models of CAM
>> are, or what.
> MythTV will work with CAMs supported by the DVB drivers...

Ok... the previous posting <http://tinyurl.com/vrtlo> I read seems to  
refer to the encryption method as "NDS Videoguard" and the CAM used  
as a "Dragon".

More research indicates that rather than simply a "3rd-party  
programmable" CAM this might be better described as an "unlicensed  
CAM" (?) and "most commonly used to watch pirate (or at least  
extremely disreputable) filth."

No wonder documentation is scarce.

Obviously this is not mentioned in the list of supported CAM modules:

Am I right in thinking that a CAM will normally not work unless  
drivers have been written for it?
IE: this is a dead loss, mate, forget it
Or might I try this untested CAM and happen to find it works fine?

> ... none
> of the regular MythTV developers use CAMs so bugs are only fixed
> when someone sends us a patch and it gets reviewed and accepted.
> So it takes a while to fix bugs, and you may have to do it yourself.

Hmmmn... so it might be as simple as buying an additional set of the  
hardware I use & giving it to a UK-based developer? Result!


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