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  Reply # 307508 15-Mar-2010 19:47
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I am looking at getting this card, would I be able to watch SBS HD with this card?




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  Reply # 307543 15-Mar-2010 20:58
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Yes.  Although I should mention, since i hooked up a splitter (to use both tuners), i'm having issues tuning in the the SBS channels.  Problem I'm having is that if I add the SBS channels now, i can't watch any of freeview channels, or vice versa.   I didn't have the problem when i was just using one tuner.

I haven't spent any time trying to sort out why that's the case though. 

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  Reply # 307589 15-Mar-2010 22:21
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I think that is normal as one is horizontal and the other is vertical, you cant use both at the same time




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  Reply # 307600 15-Mar-2010 22:34
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That may be. Honestly though after looking at the 7-day EPG, i'm not missing much on SBS.   Not only is the content relatively crap, the picture quality is underwhelming as well.  

Before I was using the splitter, it did happily let me change channels between SBS and non SBS. Now that I'm using dual tuner, the first channel-set i tune into when the computer wakes from sleep (that is, SBS or freeview NZ), is the only channel-set that I can successfully view until i put it back to sleep. I've since just disabled the SBS.

Aside from this one limitation, I'm really happy with the card.  I seem to be having fewer issues than when i was using Hauppauge. (blue screens were the norm for me before)

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  Reply # 307604 15-Mar-2010 22:40
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Good to know, ill be picking one up hopefully in a few weeks, i too would not be using SBS often but i would like to be able to use the HD feed is i want to




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  Reply # 307620 15-Mar-2010 23:16
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you shouldn't need a DVB-S2 card to view SBS-HD. SBS-HD is just HD MPEG2 video, any DVB-S card should do it just fine.

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  Reply # 307635 16-Mar-2010 00:50
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I asked this question earlier on in the thread, but nobody answered: what tuner chips does the card use?

Reason I ask is that although I know there is a Linux driver, I want to know whether it is open source (supported by community) or some hack job by the vendor...

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  Reply # 307645 16-Mar-2010 06:45
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allstarnz: you shouldn't need a DVB-S2 card to view SBS-HD. SBS-HD is just HD MPEG2 video, any DVB-S card should do it just fine.


But this is the cheapest one i have seen so far with dual tuners




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  Reply # 307671 16-Mar-2010 08:51
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hey mm1352000. No idea about chipset. I'm going open the case later this week to put in more memory - I can take some pics of the card then if that helps.

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  Reply # 307701 16-Mar-2010 10:09
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I haven't used the Linux driver yet, I have only had a brief look on an Ubunutu live CD

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  Reply # 307706 16-Mar-2010 10:22
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A picture would be great. Obviously it'll have to be pretty close up so I can read the writing on the chips...



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  Reply # 307715 16-Mar-2010 10:43
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Hi newbellies - I just have a quick quesiton that I suspect is already covered off elsewhere, but I will ask it anyway!

What Satellite do you get SBS from? Can you just use your existing dish pointed at Optus D1? Also, do you have the frequency?




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  Reply # 307724 16-Mar-2010 10:55
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blur: Hi newbellies - I just have a quick quesiton that I suspect is already covered off elsewhere, but I will ask it anyway!

What Satellite do you get SBS from? Can you just use your existing dish pointed at Optus D1? Also, do you have the frequency?


SBS is on optus D1. I'm not sure of the frequencies sorry. If you're using Mediaportal then use the 'Update transponders' (or was it 'update satellite list'?). Then the new SBS channels will be available.

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  Reply # 307743 16-Mar-2010 11:28
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SBS is on 12647 vertical polarity. symbol rate 12600



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  Reply # 308132 17-Mar-2010 08:22
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Hmmm.... I tried the above settings on my Windows 7 Media Centre last night. I went into TV setup and scanned a single transponder. I couldn't find any channels... and for the record I also tried (as per LyngSat) 12648, Symbol rate 12600 and still nothing.

Any suggestions?




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