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Topic # 13754 28-May-2007 09:44
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Hello All,
I need a little help  I  have just aquired a Skymedia DVB 200D (http://www.itelsat.com.ua/sat_internet/equipment/card_skymedia200d.htm) fpr image n info) pci card and was wondering apart from the satellite internet that it was intended for are there any other uses for ie...ie Sat TV? 

I know they use it in the US for receiving digital TV, from what I can tell it uses MPEG2 encoding and the connectors in the card are designed to hook up to sky tv disk with no probs...There is also a smart card reader in the back...anyone has any fun ideas for a project or something it could be used for...note I have plenty of gear for almost any project pluc a couple of spare sky dishes...Any help or info would be greatly appreciated...

thanks
AU

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  Reply # 72806 30-May-2007 10:35
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the SM200D cards can be used to receive sat tv but they don't really support this out-of-the-box.  the "D" means data-only so they werent really designed as TV cards.  I had one working with a program called ProgDVB http://www.progdvb.com/ but it was horribly unstable in XP and Windows 2003.

My advice is don't pursue using this as a permanent soltution for a TV card - play with it for a bit if you want to, but plan on buying a more supported card - technotrend, hauppauge, etc. if you are seriously looking into sat tv




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