[mythtv-users] Fwd: Satellite capture card - Sky

Ant Daniel antdaniel at gmail.com
Wed Sep 13 07:10:28 EDT 2006

On 13/09/06, Richard Conway <ric at weirdness.com> wrote:
> Stuart Auchterlonie wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 12, 2006 at 08:17:19PM +0100, Wayne Pascoe wrote:
> >
> >> Hi all,
> >>
> >> I'm looking into setting up a MythTV solution for home, but I just
> >> have one rather major question. My main TV feed is from Sky Digital
> >> via Satellite in the UK. What is the best solution for capturing
> >> this? I've read about DVB cards, but I'm not sure if they are the
> >> right tool.
> >>
> >> Any advice would be greatly appreciated,
> >>
> >>
> >
> > If you go for a dvb-s card you will only be able to see the free to air
> > channels. If you wish to record your subscribed content, then you'll
> > need some form of capture card combined with IR blaster to capture
> > the output from the $ky box.
> >
> > Stuart
> >
> >
> Out of interest, are many people running DVB-S cards in the UK?  I have
> two DVB-T cards in my mythbox but was wondering if it would be worth
> sticking a DVB-S one in too - would I see any extra channels worth
> having?  Also, can mythtv get the sky programme guides throug eit on DVB-S?
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There is a third party CAM (called dragon cam from memory) which can
decode the Sky subscription channel (with your std sky card inserted).
However this is not official and Sky could change their encryption
routines and break it at anytime.

Annoyingly I seem to remember that there was an EU directive that said
that European satellite service providers must provide a CAM, for some
reason Sky have not been forced to do this.

Personally I use a PVR-350 & and Ir blaster (red-eye from redremote),
although the latest architecture solutions suggest a decoder card
(such as PVR 150/500) and output via a graphics card.

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