[mythtv-users] Freeview channels on UK Sky Dish. FTA vs FTV? CAM required?
linux.luser at myrealbox.com
Fri Dec 15 19:31:15 UTC 2006
I'm wondering if there's anyone on the list who can advise me. I'm
based in a part of England which doesn't have great Freeview
reception, in a town with a particularly low-quality cable feed.
It's my understanding that most of these channels (or a good
selection of free junk-tv channels, at least) is available on the Sky
satellites and that one doesn't need a full Sky subscription to
My understanding is that the BBC channels are "free to air" (FTA) and
unencrypted and that these can be accessed using a Hauppage Nova-s
DVB-S PCI card and Sky dish. I think that's what this chap <http://
tinyurl.com/yza9yt> is doing.
A greater number of channels are, however, "free to view" but
nevertheless encrypted (FTV). As I understand it you can watch these
with a purchase of a £20 "freesat viewing card" if you "already have
a Sky box & dish". <http://www.freesatfromsky.co.uk/?pID=6>
Does this sound correct so far? Anyone know?
Now, as I understand it this "freesat viewing card" is of a standard
CAM (common access module?) format. There's some mention of this in
this posting <http://tinyurl.com/vrtlo>, but it's not clear to me if
CAMs are compatible with MythTV, whether only certain models of CAM
are, or what.
Looking around I find a handful of DVB-S cards which take a CAM:
- Later models of the Twinham criticised in the previous link.
<http://tinyurl.com/ybpd8a> & <http://tinyurl.com/yaxyg8>. I'm not
sure the difference between these units.
- Some of the Satelco PCI cards <http://tinyurl.com/y8gqkt> & <http://
tinyurl.com/y7ncxp> connect to an optional adaptor <http://
- The Hauppage WinTV Nova-S is available with the appropriate slot
<http://tinyurl.com/seh27>. This looks fairly promising to my
Does anyone know if any of these units can be used with MythTV in the
way I describe?
It seems always to be the way that I research a subject for hours &
put aside my results until the next day to prepare my post to the
mailing list. Just when I've finished composing that post I do a
final search an come up with a bunch more results. :/
So it looks like this was discussed a few months ago <http://
tinyurl.com/yn4yfo>. Any updates since then? Following the link to
the Wiki at linuxtv.org I find <http://tinyurl.com/vrtlo> which seems
promising "de-scrambling support is provided by the experimental
dst_ca module. This driver is working but some polishing is still
required". I have no problem with using a 3rd-party programmable CAM
if it works, and I'll take a chance on Sky changing their protocol in
Finally: is there any list of the FTA vs FTV services available on UK
Sky Dish? Should I just accept that I don't need Men & Motors _that_
badly (unavailability of the Home Shopping Channel would be a
disappointment, tho' ;)
Thanks for any comments or advice,
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