[mythtv-users] DVB-S Card for mythtv in the UK

Mike Perkins mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Fri Aug 3 13:38:04 UTC 2007

Duncan Brown wrote:
> Hi Guys
> I've been using mythtv with DVB-T for a few years now, but I've recently 
> moved into a new flat with a ready installed sky dish. As it is there, I 
> figured I might as well use it for the FTA channels available.
> Can someone recommend me a PCI card to use? I wont need any kind of CAM, 
> as I don't plan on ever subscribing.
> Am I right in thinking that (like DVB-T cards) they are all pretty 
> similar as long as you have a decent signal?
I think what you are talking about is called Freesat. You do need a 
card, I think it's a one-off cost of 20 or so from Sky. It's their 
satellite, so they charge, even for the free-to-air channels. And thus 
you will need a CAM to put it in. The free-to-air stuff is still 
encoded, but not encrypted like the pay-to-view stuff. That's why you 
need the card.

Mike Perkins

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