On Saturday 02 August 2008 23:15, Michael Watterson wrote:
> >> There is no CAM for Sky...
> > I won't be using Sky at all. Hotbird is my sat fo choice, and it has some
> > Viaccess encrypted channels I'd like to get.
>> Viaccess is well supported, even by cheap set box that only requires
> card and no CAM (built in).
That sounds interesting. How does it work? Do they send me some sort of code
which I can enter in the set top or in Linux?
> 2 way Diseqc for FTA UK TV and all
> the hotbird will work with all PC cards and any viaccess embedded set
> box. Hotbird needs 80cm to 90cm dish, esp in Galway, an offset second
> LNB for 28.2 FTA will work fine as it only needs 65cm.
Actually Hotbird freeview channels are already working in my home with a 60 cm
dish (originally a Sky one) and old borrowed receiver+TV.
I do not feel a need for Sky, if I ever get a new LNB it won't be for Sky.
> Physically may be safer than LCD which are easily cracked and contain
> organic liquid which is then full of glass splinters. You need a really
> good hammer to break face of CRT. CRT used since 1930s and never any
> evidence of harm.
The flicker is harmful, and when one is close to theTV there are some
secondary rays there too. (The child is used to being close to the screen as
we only ever use LCD).
> >> I'd go for separate DVB-s2 or DVB-s and DVB-t cards. Unless you very
> >> short of slots.
> > My big issue is which particular models of cards to get for a Linux box.
>> older ones :-) The dvb-s version of Technotrend is well supported and
> rebadged as Nova and Technisat basic.
Never saw these for sale in Ireland; would not want to order from the UK. I
read somewhere that some Hauppage models are of the same ilk - but which
> I don't know about the DVB-s2 models.
> You don't need the more expensive ones with an interface for a CI
> board for a CAM. Just an ISO reader supported by Linux.
Sorry for being so ignorant but what's an ISO reader? I know what a
multi-format card reader is (CF, SD, xD etc) but never knew there was an ISO
Yours, Mikhail Ramendik
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