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TwinHan VP1030a for Euro1080 in Irdeto2?

Discussion in 'General TV Discussions Forum' started by Abstrakt, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. Abstrakt

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    Does anyone use this particular card for receiving and decrypting Euro1080, in conjunction with an Irdeto 2 CAM?

    I’ve been looking for a DVB card to replace my trusty SkyStar 2, which sadly lacks a CI slot. The other likely candidate would be a Hauppauge WinTV Nova-CI, but from what I’ve read it looks like there is more third party support out there for TwinHan cards.

    Any comments would be appreciated. :)

    Cheers.
     
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    Everyone seems to be chucking away their Skystar 2s at the thought of losing access to Euro1080. I won't be, as apparently there is a way to keep my Skystar2 as well as being able to use cards with it. There appears to be some sort of interface called a Phoenix/Smart Mouse unit that plugs into a serial port that can read official cards and can be used with a Skystar thereby giving the SS2 the ability to read cards.
    What's even better is you don't have to buy a CAM for each individual encryption system - they're all available as software plugins!
    As far as I know this is all legit as all the unit does is read official cards.
    I haven't bought a Phoenix interface yet, but I'll be doing soon.

    Advantages: Much cheaper than throwing away my SS2 and cheaper because I don't have to buy a CAM for each encryption system.

    Disadvantages: Software plugins possibly not as robust as hardware CAMs. Not as good looking as an all-in-one unit as you'll have this ugly looking device that looks like it belongs in an 80's electronics shop sticking out of your PC.
     
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    Camtheman,

    I know about Poor Man’s Cam, as it is called. It is a plugin allowing the use of a programmer in Phoenix mode, acting as a card reader, to emulate most types of CAM. Hopefully I'm not violating this forum's policy by mentioning it, since it doesn't involve any "cracking" or unauthorized viewing; it still requires a legal subscription.

    You've been misguided however if you think that it would work with Euro1080. The extremely high bitrate of an HDTV channel means there is also a huge number of EMM packets in the datastream, which have to be processed by the plugin. Doing this via software, and decoding High Def MPEG-2 video on top of that, would require far more CPU power than is presently available on the market.

    So my original question still stands: if anyone has any experience with a TwinHan VP1030a please come forward. :)
     

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