Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




52 posts

Master Geek


Topic # 150562 26-Jul-2014 21:16
Send private message

Hi,

I'm busy acquiring the components for a HTPC (using the ) and would like to add pvr functionality for Freeview.

Would the following device work in NZ? I have a Sky dish and mySky decoder, but would use this for Freeview channels. Would I still need a Freeview decoder?

http://www.amazon.com/TBSĀ®5922SE-Digital-Satellite-External-Laptop/dp/B00JXDN6DS

Thanks

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
152 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 13


  Reply # 1096352 26-Jul-2014 21:52
Send private message

I am in the situation in that I have built an HTPC and now want to get TV onto it.

I have found that Homerun HD looks to be a good solution and has a NZ Distributor http://nicegear.co.nz/htpc/silicondust-hdhomerun/






52 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 1096367 26-Jul-2014 22:08
Send private message

Thanks for this, could definitely be an option. DVB-T means that I would need a UHF antenna - is that correct?

 
 
 
 


152 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 13


  Reply # 1096373 26-Jul-2014 22:24
Send private message

Yeap, one that gets freeview

4566 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1352


  Reply # 1096429 27-Jul-2014 07:02
Send private message

niekerkj: Thanks for this, could definitely be an option. DVB-T means that I would need a UHF antenna - is that correct?


And be in an area that has DVB-T coverage.

2987 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 865

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1096498 27-Jul-2014 10:19
Send private message

Whether that receiver will work in NZ or not depends on the Local Oscillator Frequency (LOF) of the Low Noise Block convertor (LNB) on your particular satellite dish. Looking at the MHz range on the link you've provided, chances are it will work, but I'm no expert. This page on the Mediaportal wiki may be of some assistance to you.

Edit: frequency acronym added



52 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 1097478 28-Jul-2014 21:06
Send private message

Thanks for all the replies, I guess I'll need to decide if the additional cost of having a Freeview aerial installed is justified.

141 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 6


  Reply # 1104269 7-Aug-2014 17:31
Send private message

Or you could buy this;
http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/tvs/satellite-receivers/auction-763520003.htm
I've got one of these and it's OK, and less than half the price of the Amazon box. It's only DVB-S (not DVB-S2), but all the NZ Freeview stuff is only DVB-S. There has been an Oz Channel 9 feed on the satellite (Optus D1) since late last year, and it's the only DVB-S2 channel accessible from NZ.
 



52 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 1105991 10-Aug-2014 18:21
Send private message

Definitely looks like a good option to try before splashing out on a HDHomeRun and a UHF aerial.

So this will connect directly to the co-ax cable coming from my Sky dish ( I have an extra cable coming from the dish)?
Do you know if it's compatible with Win 8.1?

141 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 6


  Reply # 1106032 10-Aug-2014 20:25
Send private message

Yes, connects directly to co-ax cable from satellite dish, also uses external power supply. I'm using Win 7, don't know about Win 8.1.

1749 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 916


  Reply # 1106035 10-Aug-2014 20:30
Send private message

If picture quality is important, Terrestrial is the only real option. Satellite picture quality is poor at best, and you'll get rain fade in bad weather.




Location: Dunedin

141 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 6


  Reply # 1106158 11-Aug-2014 07:53
Send private message

andrewNZ: If picture quality is important, Terrestrial is the only real option. Satellite picture quality is poor at best, and you'll get rain fade in bad weather.

Why get so precious about HD v SD when all the decent content on Freeview is unwatchable because of all the adverts!
Who wants to see Paul Henry in HD?

1806 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 271

Subscriber

  Reply # 1106169 11-Aug-2014 08:40
Send private message

Paul Henry has never been in HD. Both TVNZ and MediaWorks only play out studio content in SD.




Ross

 

Spark FibreMAX using Mikrotik CCR1009-8G-1S-1S+

 


Speed Test


Banana?
4124 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 903

Subscriber

  Reply # 1106174 11-Aug-2014 08:55
Send private message

DO the Sat thing first, the EPG is much easier to get working over a DVB-S link. You can add in a terrestrial tuner or two later for recording multiple channels later.

267 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 26


  Reply # 1106190 11-Aug-2014 09:25
Send private message

I have a TeVii S480 DVB-S2 tuner

http://www.tevii.com/Products_S480_1.asp

The first one I got only lasted a year, but I got it replaced under warranty. I did have some trouble running it under W7, but upgraded to W8/8.1 and it has been trouble free for over a year.

I use DVBViewer  and DVBViewer Recording Service with it, which is quite excellent. You can record all channels that occur on the same frequency on a single tuner. Hate the remote that comes with the S480 ... too small for my fat fingers. I also have a  Hauppauge  HVR 4000 that has a DVB-T tuner. This has a much better remote, which I use to control DVBViewer.

I also had my Sky subscription working with it some time ago, but I've mostly forgot what I did to get that working, but it is doable via the DVBViewer Recording Service .... I could even record multiple Sky Channels ... but I have abandoned all that now and moved over to streaming these days.

Tim



52 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 1106347 11-Aug-2014 12:32
Send private message

andrewNZ: If picture quality is important, Terrestrial is the only real option. Satellite picture quality is poor at best, and you'll get rain fade in bad weather.


So how bad is the picture quality of DVB-S? Will it be totally unwatchable on a 40" LED?

 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

New Zealand's IT industry in 2018 and beyond
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:50


Introducing your new workplace headache: Gen Z
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:45


Jucy set to introduce electric campervan fleet
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:41


Hawaiki cable system will be ready for service in June 2018
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:32


New Zealand hits peak broadband data
Posted 18-Jan-2018 12:21


Amazon Echo devices coming to New Zealand early February 2018
Posted 18-Jan-2018 10:53


$3.74 million for new electric vehicles in New Zealand
Posted 17-Jan-2018 11:27


Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei
Posted 17-Jan-2018 09:02


Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp
Posted 15-Jan-2018 13:15


Australian Government contract awarded to Datacom Connect
Posted 11-Jan-2018 08:37


Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer
Posted 6-Jan-2018 13:59


Amazon release Silk Browser and Firefox for Fire TV
Posted 21-Dec-2017 13:42


New Chief Technology Officer role created
Posted 19-Dec-2017 22:18


All I want for Christmas is a new EV
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:54


How clever is this: AI will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:52



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.