[mythtv-users] USB Pay Card reader

Jelte Veldstra jelte.veldstra at gmail.com
Fri Dec 28 07:43:54 UTC 2007

What stability issues did you experience? Last week I built a test setup
where I had a Phoenix smartcard reader and NewCS to serve the keys. Sasc-ng
acts as a softcam that talks with the NewCS server and creates a virtual DVB
adapter besides the physical one. Myth uses the virtual adapter for scanning
and tuning. This setup worked really well for my Canal Digitaal (Dutch
satellite) subscription. Being a test setup built last week I can't vouch
for it's stability yet, but I'm now working out how to convert my current
"production" environment to this one. From what you describe it sounds
similar to what you have tried and experienced stability issues. Is it
similar indeed? Any things I need to double check before going ahead based
on your experiences?


On Dec 26, 2007 9:37 PM, Ismo Tanskanen <ismot at telemail.fi> wrote:

> I have three DVB-T cards in my backend. It looks like it is really hard
> to get working tuner cards with Common Interface. And with many tuners,
> it is problematic, because you just can use one tuner with pay channels.
> I have tried "softcam" and virtual tuners, but it appears not to be
> stable enough.
> I think there is no support for usb phoenix card reader or any similar
> built in myth. I think that would be great improvement. Especially with
> multi-rec branch.
> Today, we need "credit cards" for satellite reception, dvb-t and dvb-c
> reception. Seldomly you can live without pay card and channels. Against
> that it is really small mass of suitable tuner cards available.
> I don't mention any unlegal applications, only legal pay card usage. I
> think hauppage for example offers usb-connected pay card reader as
> add-on to they video cards. So I don't see why it would be unlegal.
> What you guys say, would it be very difficult to integrate that to myth?
> Should I make a feature request to wiki? I know, I don't have
> programming skills enought to realise that feature myself.
> Or is it just there in Finland, where this option would be irreplaceable?
> -Kane
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