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Topic # 85050 12-Jun-2011 17:54
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Hey i was wanting to get a DVB-S2 card with dual tuners.  Does anyone have any recommendations? It needs to be PCI-E and also if there was a suggestion on where to buy it would be helpful

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  Reply # 480414 12-Jun-2011 20:05
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- TBS 6980/6981 (roughly $170 NZD + shipping from official TBS online shop http://www.buydvb.net/tbs6981-pcie-dvbs2-dual-tuner-tv-card_p11.html, might get slightly cheaper from Ebay from people who buy bulk then resell)
- Tevii S480 (around $215 from TradeMe, roughly $165 NZD + shipping from http://www.dvbshop.net/product_info.php/info/p2352_TeVii-S480-Dual-DVB-S2-HDTV-PCIe-Diseqc-1-2-2-0-Low-profile.html)
- Blackgold BGT3595 [additional 2xDVB-T] (roughly $220 NZD + shipping direct from BG http://shop.blackgold.tv/BGT3595)
- Technotrend Premium S2-6400 [hardware decoding] (roughly $470 NZD + shipping http://www.dvbshop.net/product_info.php/language/en/info/p2384_TechnoTrend-Premium-S2-6400-Twin-DVB-S2--HDMI-Out--Windows-Editi.html/XTCsid/nkdkdq66ck01sp2rk7lcnhp4hcp4o7e7)
- Digital Devices (roughly $260 NZD + shipping http://shop.digital-devices.de/epages/62357162.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/62357162/Categories/1)
- Mystique SaTiX S2 V2 [Digital Devices clone] (roughly $260 NZD + shipping http://www.dvbshop.net/product_info.php/info/p2318_Mystique-SaTiX-S2-V2-CI-Dual--2xDVB-S2-CI-HDTV-MPEG4-H-264.html)

My experience with TBS support has been excellent. Products well supported.
Blackgold have also been "okay" with support - I don't own a card. Products well supported, but no advanced features like CAM/CI, and DiSEqC may/may not work.
No personal experience with Tevii as yet. My impression is that they are okay.
The Technotrend card is not recommended for compatibility and cost reasons, but aside from that no experience with Technotrend support. I do own an S2-3200 + CI and it works really well.
I find the Digital Devices options quite confusing (hence my somewhat non-specific product name), however you may like them. Support seems to be good, but I've never owned a card and I don't have personal experience.
Mystique - unknown. May as well buy Digital Devices if you ask me.

Those are probably the most common...

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  Reply # 480420 12-Jun-2011 20:15
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There is also a KNC One card (http://www.knc1.de/gb.htm), Prof card [TBS clone] (http://www.prof-tuners.com/), and DigitalNow (http://www.digitalnow.com.au/ - my experience with them has been excellent) are claiming that they will be releasing a card this month...

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 480561 13-Jun-2011 10:49
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thanks thats great information, im going to go for thr TBS card based on price, and my experience with blackgold cards not being very good.

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  Reply # 480688 13-Jun-2011 17:20
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NiceGear.co.nz have the Tevii S480 listed, Hads is a top bloke and you'll be hard push to get better customer service.

I bought a Technotrend card from him, I don't like it but that could be more of a PEBKAC issue. Would avoid this brand. I'm thinking about a TBS 6981 myself from ebay to replace the Technotrend.



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  Reply # 480690 13-Jun-2011 17:28
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what kind of prices have you found on ebay? from what i saw they where more expensive then buying direct

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  Reply # 480694 13-Jun-2011 17:35
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Eeeek, folks I just remembered that some TBS cards have shown compatibility problems with certain Gigabyte motherboards. I think they've resolved that now, but I just wanted to make sure all the information is on the table.

http://www.buydvb.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=264

I apologise for not mentioning this earlier!

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  Reply # 480695 13-Jun-2011 17:36
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Most of them are about AU$137.43 +AU$16.11 shipping, but this was before I was aware of an official TBS shop.



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  Reply # 480696 13-Jun-2011 17:44
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shipping from BuyDVB is 9USD for Singapore post and 20USD for DHL. so they work out to be a similar price

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  Reply # 480747 13-Jun-2011 21:16
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I just had a look at the TBS website, and they also have a quad-tuner card for $USD249.99.

Not sure if you need it or not, but I'm kind of tempted to get one.

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  Reply # 480776 13-Jun-2011 22:01
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If i buy one these cards, can i get HD streams of channel 1,2,3?




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  • MediaPortal

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  Reply # 480780 13-Jun-2011 22:15
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@gumdigger
No, not unless you have Sky with an HD ticket and are willing to break Sky's T&Cs. You want a dual DVB-*T* tuner (T stands for terrestrial) like the Hauppauge HVR2200.

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  Reply # 485964 26-Jun-2011 09:24
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Hi, has anyone in NZ used the  Cinergy + CI for DVB-S with mediaportal? Am interested in how well (or not) it works. What I'm looking for is an S2 card with a CI module, supports multichannel decoding (am happy to get a multi tuner card if necessary), works in New Zealand with mediaportal! Short list I know but any feedback welcome. Thank you.

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  Reply # 485987 26-Jun-2011 11:14
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It's on the MediaPortal supported cards list with CI support. The question is what are you going to put in the CI slot? I guess that's most likely where the headaches will come.




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  Reply # 486000 26-Jun-2011 11:32
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Being relatively new to this I'm still finding out the possibilities are. I'm looking for a tuner + add on that I can put an NZ decoder card into as I've only had to fiddle with DVB-T and freeview to so far. I'm presuming an NZ decoder card will go into the CI slot???? Am I way off beam??

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  Reply # 486027 26-Jun-2011 13:16
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When you say decoder card I'll assume you mean Sky? In the CI slot you need to put a CAM and in the CAM you put the card. I don't know of anyone in NZ doing this however check the sticky threads at the top of the HTPC forum.




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