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#62143 31-May-2010 10:22
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Hey, so I've been wanting to get Sky straight into my comp (bypassing the STB) for ages, but until I came across the forums here a few weeks ago, it didn't seem possible.  Our house is basically completely converted to WMC...so there's no real going back...and so at some stage (when we want HD), this is going to have to be the way I go.

Thing is, as best as I can tell from all I've read, only the blue 45x cards work.  I had a gold 17x.  I got in touch with sky about getting a 45x one (gave the "it changes channels faster" thing), and the lady was like, sweet, it'll cost 30bucks, refunded when you send back the old one.  And she sent me a blue 17x!!
So gutted! So I emailed back and told her shed sent the 17x one not the 45x, and got a call back to say they only supply the 45x cards with their pvr systems ("ah, so they only work with mysky?" "I didn't say that.  I said we only supply them with our pvr systems")

Which leads me to think they may know this is going on, and have made the decision that they're ok with it...as long as people have payed for their mysky system (infact she said, "so if you'd like you could sign up to mysky, and use the card in your media center system).

So..lame! 

So my question is, has ANYONE found a solution for using the 17x cards?  I don't want HD, so don't need the mysky deal yet...and I dont wana chuck $300 bucks into it if I cant use it till I spend another $600 on a mysky unit.

Hope someone can help!  And thought it might be info useful to people anyway

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  #338373 4-Jun-2010 20:42
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Unfortunately upgrading seems to be only option. I jumped onto the Vodafone's free deal just for this. I've got Sky and DVB-T using dvblogic and the jaycar reader. Let me know if you need any help setting it up. It took me about two months to sort out the various issues but I'm finally there thanks to GeekZone and all the members. Smile

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  #338420 5-Jun-2010 00:14
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Thanks man, i appreciatee the offer! I think it'll definitely be something I'll have to do at some stage. We just signed a 12 month contract with telecom, so sadly the vodafone deal isn't an option.

One question I do have is this: how do you get your EPG data in?  Do you take it from the DVB-S signal? And is it "live" or do you have to grab the data and save it in a "static" file for media center to read? One frustration I've had, is sky schedules very little time for their sports programming.  If things go long, you miss the end.  They do update the guide data, which mysky will pick up...will sky through a satellite card pick those changes up?

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  #338441 5-Jun-2010 08:13
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The way I've set up my EPG is using BigScreenEPG and setting it to pick up an online XMLTV source from the last post on this page http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=84&topicid=58524&page_no=15

Let me know if you need more info.



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  #360637 31-Jul-2010 14:23
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Hey there!
So, we've got mysky coming!  I just finished building the Jaycar reader (got a friend to give me a hand), and I've ordered a dual DVB-S2 tuner card!  I'm pretty much ready to make this thing happen!

I've got a whole heap of geeekzone forums booked marked...some of which go for heaps of pages!  I read most of them...but it seems like through them instructions/software versions changed and stuff.  Do you know if there is there a thread that has the most up-to-date details in it? I'm not totally sure where I should start now...:P

Thanks heaps for your help!!

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  #360640 31-Jul-2010 14:26
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mentor: The way I've set up my EPG is using BigScreenEPG and setting it to pick up an online XMLTV source from the last post on this page http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=84&topicid=58524&page_no=15

Let me know if you need more info.


You should not rely on online sources as Sky might shutdown those. You should instead look at using the EPG Collector, which runs on your own PC, creating local XML files, if possible.





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  #360647 31-Jul-2010 14:56
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Mean, thanks for that!  That does sound like a good way to go.

Do you know whether you can connect the jaycar reader to the PC through a RS232 - USB cable, or is it better to connect it through the COM port?

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