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

Nick Rout nick at rout.co.nz
Sat Aug 4 09:55:36 UTC 2007

Nick F wrote:
> On 8/3/07, *Duncan Brown* <mythtv at duncb.co.uk 
> <mailto:mythtv at duncb.co.uk>> wrote:
>     Cheers for the suggestion. Now I've got 2 to choose from, can anyone
>     answer my earlier question - Is there much difference between
>     cards, or
>     are the all pretty similar?
> The difference is the state of the Linux support in kernel/firmware I 
> think.  I had a Technisat SkyStar 2 DVB-S card I picked up for 15 
> before my current card and that worked just fine (again out of the box 
> - no fiddling with Fedora FC5/6.)  I switched to the S-1500 because I 
> wanted the CI interface.
> And - on Timothy's point about not getting a lock with his Nova-S, I'm 
> running trunk as well and have no issues with locks on every channel.

There IS a difference in quality of cards and on linux support. Provided 
you don't want CI/CAM or DVB-S2 you can't go past a Skystar II.

Lesser cards can have trouble tuning /locking if your signal is not 
great (eg sat not well aligned, susceptible to wind/snow/heavy rain etc).

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