DIGITAL VIDEO BROADCASTING Satellite (DVB-S)
What Do I need in Addition to a Tuner Card/Device?
You need a satellite dish and an LNB, pointed in the direction of the satellite from which you want to receive the service. A good site for satellite information is at www.lyngsat.com For Australia and New Zealand services you may want to have a look at www.apsattv.com which provides a list of all Free To Air (FTA) services available.
What do I need to Get PayTV Services?
In addition to the above, you need to purchase a DVB-S/S2 (Sat-Ci) card/device, a Conditional Access Module (CAM) and obtain a subscription card from the relevant Pay TV operator (eg Optus Aurora, MySat, etc).
Please note that some PayTV operators will not sell you a subscription smart card, by itself. They may provide you with a whole package that includes a STB, smart card and satellite dish installation. You should check with them if you can use the smartcard provided in a third party box or device.
How Can I watch TV on my Television Set?
The best way to do that is if you have a TV that has a VGA/DVI/HDMI input, in which case you will connect your PC's Graphic Card output to the TV set. If your TV does not have a VGA/DVI/HDMI inputs, you can still do that if your video card has video out (S-Video, Composite, Component, etc); simply connect your video card video out, using the appropriate cable, to the TV video in.
Can I Receive Analog TV Broadcast with Satelliet TV Cards/devices?
No, all DVB-S cards are digital only receivers. Analogue broadcasts, whether via satellite or terrestrial can not be received with most of these cards, however our now phased out device the QuattroS allowed reception of both digital (terrestrial and satellite) and analogue TV as well.
Can I Playback the Recorded Video with a Media Player?
Yes, video is recorded in MPEG2 format and most media players can be used for playback, some stand-alone DVD players may require that you convert the recordings to DVD compliant format.
Can I Use these Devices with Windiows Media Center?
Yes all our devices are supplied with BDA drivers that can be used with Window Media Center, the version of MC supplied with Windows 7 is particularly suitable as it supports DVB-T as well ad DVB-S FTA services.
What is the Difference between DVB-S adnnDVB-S2?
DVB-S2 is the second generation specification for satellite broadcasting. In simple and practical terms DVB-S2 supports HDTV as well as SDTV. Most FTA services available in Australia via satellite are SDTV only.
The Australian PayTV operator Foxtel broadcast some HDTV material.