[mythtv-users] Unitymedia (Germany) and Mythtv

Jan Schneider jan at horde.org
Tue Jun 7 08:13:01 UTC 2011

Zitat von Sven Bretfeld <sven.bretfeld at gmx.ch>:

> Hi Raymond and Jan
> Thank you very much for this valuable information.
> Jan Schneider <jan at horde.org> writes:
>> I began with Technotrend cards, which didn't work out to work well at
>> all. Since then I've switched over to Satelco EasyWatch (same chipset
>> as KNC1), and it works kinda well with Unitymedia. I have some issues
>> with CAM decryption ceasing to work after running the backend for some
>> time (about a day usually). I never found if this is a problem with
>> the CI, the CAM, Unitymedia, some driver, or any combination of those.
>> This is no longer a problem after I configured MythTV to shutdown the
>> backend when it's idle.
>> Beside that, this setup works reliably.
> There are two seemingly different cards available. One "Satelco
> Easywatch PCI (DVB-C)" and one "Satelco Easywatch HDTV PCI (DVB-C)".
> Which one do you have, Jan? I think it would be wrong to assume that
> both will work. As usual, the vendors don't say anything about the
> chipset.

They are exactly the same. The HDTV version just bundles a HD capable  
decoder/software that you don't need anyway. So buy the cheaper one.

> Am I right that I need the card as well as the CI module on two
> different PCI slots? I found both items in different shops:
> http://www.dvbshop.net/product_info.php?refID=google&info=p144_SATELCO-EasyWatch-PCI-DVB-C--Basic-Edition-.html
> http://www.amazon.de/Satelco-Easywatch-Common-Interface/dp/B000QBU0T4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1307427420&sr=8-4

Correct. Though the CI doesn't necessarily need to be mounted into a  
PCI slot, you can also mount it into a 3.5" bay.

> What about the CAM module? Is it correct that I need an additional CAM
> like the Alphacrypt classic?

Exactly, I'm using the one from Mascom.


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