Novice Member
I have just got myself a cheap Pinnacle 7010i capture card to play about with TV capture. I really got it because it was a dual DVB-T tuner on a PCI-express card but I am kinda interested in the dual DVB-S tuners.

Am I right in thinking that if the block of flats I live in has a communal Sky dish then I should just be able to pick up Freesat by connecting up the card to the socket and telling the software to look at Astra at 28E?


Novice Member
What is the software like that is supplied?
Pants by the looks of it. I have bought myself a copy of DVB-Viewer but not set anything up yet. Is it easy to incorporate DVB-Viewer into some sort of front end?


Standard Member
Save yourself a lot of hassle and use MediaPortal found here:
Takes a bit to get setup and functional but once you've got your head round it then you'll find it is a fantastic all round media centre software. I use a 7010i with mediaPortal using DVB-S and DVB-T, getting hundreds of free satellite channels and freeview, including BBC HD.

Hope it helps.


Novice Member
Save yourself a lot of hassle and use MediaPortal
Trying to avoid it... I have had a HTPC setup for about four years now and have it just how I want it for music, pics, DVDs. The recent addition of Blu-Ray is not as ideal as I would like but adding TV appears to involve a radical rethink.

I mainly use my rig for music playback and I have played with many incarnations of MP but the music setup has never been as slick as Meedio. I suppose the WAF factor comes into play here and both my mum and gf have picked up the remote and used the system without question but when I tried MP they both got very confused and kept asking how to do things.

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