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DVB card in HTPC vs standalone decoder

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by TorAtle, Mar 6, 2003.

  1. TorAtle

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    I have what is regarded up here north as a very good sat decoder. The spec, both for video and audio, is up there with the best. This unit feeds s-video to a Sony HS-10.

    HTPC is connected to HS-10 with a DVI cable.

    With this in mind, would a DVB card in my PC be a step up in quality compared to the standalone decoder? The idea being that I keep the picture in the digital domain at all times.

    The DVB card (with addons?) would need to accept 2 CAMs and also run the a DiSEqC motor for the dish.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Chris Muriel

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    I am not sure that any PCI DVB-S cards exist with two CI slots.

    Chris Muriel (who has Broadlogic 2030 and Twinhan VP-1020 cards (both non CI) in his desktop PC).
     
  3. Branxx

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    What cards are recommended that would have one CI and DiSEqC?
     
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    I found this link to be a useful source of info on DVB-s on a PC. Turns out you can do all the card stuff in software, removing the need to have physical cards - Although you can use a card if you want and get an expansion card into which you plug it.

    HTH
    Owain
     
  5. David PluggedIn

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    Its an interesting thought. The benefits of the all digital domain are obvious, but often the de-interlacing functionality of the software players leaves a lot to be desired.
    On the other hand, if you use your HTPC as a video processor, then you can get much more control over the deinterlacing and scaling.
    If you can get an SDI stream out of your stb then you have the best of both worlds, you keep the digital stream and use DScaler to do the de-interlacing.

    food for thought..
     
  6. owain_thomas

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    Good point david, though I must say I've found the deinterlacing on the Nebula DigiTV program to be very good, not sure if any satelite ones offer similar quality.

    Owain
     
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    Agreed Owain, the DigiTV is a great piece of kit with software to match, I was referring to some of the lesser brands :)
     

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