I recently bought an HTPC - which has a DVB-T card (Hauppauge) and a DVB-S card (AverTV).
I plonked the HTPC in the lounge and plugged in the antenna cable to the DVB-T. It was a loose fit in the card....and nothing received (later realised this was still wired to now-removed analogue antenna).
Tried it in the bedroom - still a loose fit but it managed to get the list of programs and briefly displayed some TV when I jiggled the cable.
So - it appears that the aerial plug in the card may be lightly larger than the one in the wall - perhaps I can get a larger one from Jaycar...but the bedroom cable is hooked to the correct antenna and it worked.
Ok - not to worry - I'll try the DVB-S card with the Sky Dish in the lounge (we have MySki - looking to replace with HTPC/PVR).
I have two cables coming from the dish - one black and one white. I have tried them both (one at a time) and have managed to get a channel listing (Optus D1) - but when I try to watch a channel, it tells me on screen "Quality 20%". It works perfectly with Sky.....I have no idea what make/model the Sky Dish is - if this is vital to know to get it working, I can get a ladder and find out.
Also - I found this http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=83&topicid=130860 which says that you can't get HD quality via the satellite..?
"Freeview DVB-S is not HD, unfortunately there isn’t the required bandwidth from the satellite to provide freeview HD broadcasts." We watch Freeview via Sky and I thought it was in HD....
Anyway, the way I see it is I have two choices;
- Hook up the antenna plug in the lounge to the digital antenna - may involve crawling around in the ceiling trying to locate the correct wire then splitting it - assuming the signal will be strong enough - could call in an expert here.
- Persevere with the Sky dish. There seems to be all sorts of settings and things to play with. I'm not sure about physically re-pointing the Sky Dish because it gets a good signal now - it must pointed to the right place right?
Keen to go for the best and most reliable route here - looking for advice.
Thanks in advance,