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

Stroller linux.luser at myrealbox.com
Sat Dec 16 12:50:26 UTC 2006

On 16 Dec 2006, at 09:48, Stuart Auchterlonie wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 16, 2006 at 01:43:07AM +0000, Stroller wrote:
>> 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.
> If you want to look at this you are on your own. We DO NOT SUPPORT
> any non-legal way of decrypting broadcasts.
> End of discussion.

I thought I was really clear in my original posting - all I want to  
do is view the free-to-view services, which are encrypted but for  
which a card is available for only 20.

In the post to which you were replying I was merely remarking that  
the 3rd-party CAM cards seem to have many seedier usages, and are  
widely used illicitly. This had not been clear from my previous  

Nevertheless, using a 3rd-party CAM in the circumstances I describe -  
specifically, to view a channel I have paid for & am legally allowed  
to watch - is hardly something to get your knickers in a twist about.  
Using the 20 card in equipment that is not Sky-approved may possibly  
be a violation of the license agreement (I think I read this?), but  
recording any TV show could likewise be interpreted as copyright  


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