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DVB-S Sky Guide

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Whitey1977, Sep 4, 2004.

  1. Whitey1977

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    Are there any DVB-S cards that can decode the sky guide? The reason I ask is that meedio TV will be able to use DVB guide listings.

    IMO this will possible be the best way to import a full guide for sky listings (I realise I will have to use a second analogue card for sky capture)

    Even media center and digiguide don't have a complete list of sky channels

    Thanks

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    anyone?
     
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    No, the proprietary encryption that sky uses is unlikely to ever be allowed onto a PC based system, murdoch's just too worried about piracy for that. shame cos it would be good if it were. have you had a go at getting xml listings from bleb.org, they seem to have most of the channels I watch.

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  4. Whitey1977

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    What? The EPG is encripted? I didn't realise that, since you don't need I viewing card to use it with the free to air channels

    so it can only be viewed on a sky digibox then?

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    That's how I understand it any way, may be wrong but I've never heard anything to the contrary. AFAIK the whole datastream from the satelite is encrypted.
     
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    I don't think the whole datastream is encrypted.

    I have read on this forum of people watching the free to air channels (bbc etc.) with a DVB-S card but I have never read of people using the epg

    I asume (never a good thing!) that there is some sort of DVB standard for epg

    Does anyone do this?

    Thanks

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    Hi Whitey, any chance you can post a link to this info? I've always thought it was impossible to get ANY of the sky stuff on PC, I'd love to be wrong.

    thanks
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    Whitey1977,

    The full Sky EPG is in a proprietary format from OpenTV that is transmitted via a separate data channel on each transponder. It's not a DVB standard, and there is no way to decode it without an expensive OpenTV license.

    However there should also be “Now & Next” programming information, for the FTA channels only, in standard DVB-EIT format. Any DVB-S card and compatible application should be able to retrieve that now/next information -- although it's obviously not the full guide you were hoping for.

    Cheers.
     
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    Thanks for the info Abstrakt

    Oh well I'll have to stick to digiguide then

    I do hope in the future digiguide can become more seamlessly integrated into TV applications such as Meedio TV, beyond TV, showshifter etc

    I feel the UK is missing out abit when it comes to epg

    Whitey
     

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