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Anyone doing it thru PCI card

Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by Steve J Davies, Feb 16, 2003.

  1. Steve J Davies

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    Unhappy with cable supplier and not really turned on by he comennts about sky so was poking around the 'net to try to help me decide which way to go/what hardware etc. Found the entry below on a Sat enthusiasts site but I don't know if its just a disguised sales pitch or the real deal.
    Any comments from the assembled multitude of Sat erudition that hangs out here ?

    Steve

    >snip
    The Nexus-S is the first PCI satellite card I've bought, installation is a breeze, its just slide the card into a free PCI slot and install the software. (I've had no problems at all using Multidec, Watch TV pro, or ProgDVB on a Windows 98 SE platform), along with this i recently purchased 98cm Funke dish with a Cambridge Platinum 0.6dB MINI LNB which brings in a lot of channels from 19E. I was using an 80cm dish but i did struggle to pick up all channels but the benefit of the 98cm Funke is amazing not even the downpours of rain that we are famous for in North Wales can budge this dish, clear picture 24/7.
    Altogether this system has cost me 170 UKP for Nexus-S, 70 UKP for the dish and 22 UKP for the LNB.

    Ian
     
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    What is it your hoping to watch ? Cable & $ly are one thing but 19°E is dead ( unless you want German porn movies ).
     
  3. Steve J Davies

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    aah, didn't know that. But I was looking a the principle of going the PCI card route.
    If it works on this 19E bird then I am assuming that it works on others. is there something about this setup that means it would only work on this 19E bird ?

    Steve
     
  4. Chris Muriel

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    Will work on any satellite for non-encrypted channels.......

    Repeating an earlier post from the PC/HCPC-section :

    PCI DVB cards
    I actually have 2 DVB cards in my PC. 1 is a Broadlogic ABA2030 bought via Ebay in the USA. The other is a Twinhan orderable from www.dvbexpress.com .
    I also use the Broadlogic card for the free push internet service from sat@once (Astra at 19 degrees east)- see http://satatonce.tudor.lu or http://satatonce.tudor.lu.
    I can now watch links with 4:2:2 video using s/ware from www.dvbapps.com for both cards. Hans' s/ware (dvbviewer) is written for hobbyists and you have to register at his site to get access - but I found it worthwhile (and even paypal'd him some money subsequently although this isn't essential). Support comes via satforums http://forums.satforums.com/ in their restricted "New Finds" area which is part of their DVB/MPEG area and again you have to sign up on line to get access to New Finds.
    In there, we all help each other.
    The BL card isn't approved by sat@once but I worked out what registry changes & network settings were needed to get their browsing software to work with it.
    There is an excellent MPEG Transport stream reader (TSreader) for the TH card at Rod Hewitt's site (www.coolstf.com) ; Rod is a Brit now residing in the USA (& a personal friend).
    There's also an article on the TH card in the new (just out) edition of TSI (Tele Satellite International) magazine (12/01 2003).

    Chris Muriel (1.8 meter steerable dish & author of Dig satellite FAQ).
     
  5. Steve J Davies

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    What an answer. Brill, many many thanks for the definitive pointers.

    maybe I should have poked around the AV-Fora a bit a more and I would have found it on HCPC one. My bad. Wil do some srious foraging in there now as contrition.

    Once again Thanks.


    Steve
     
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    There are a number of PCI FTA sat cards for the PC.

    AFAIK there are no cards able to receive any sky packages as their encryption has not been licensed to third parties allowing them to build the decoder modules.

    For this reason you cannot get cams (Conditional Access Modules) for DVB sat receivers and have to buy the Sky decoders rather and have another decoder if you want other non sky (or FTA UK) channels.

    Good old Sky.

    RB
     

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