[mythtv-users] DVB - W5 (4DTV) & KU/C-Band Question
richard.e.morton at gmail.com
Mon Oct 18 18:54:49 UTC 2010
Yeah, the law in the US is a right B***H. And I totally understand the
developers not wanting to be the guinea pigs in a test case...
IIRC the DMCA legislation that is the stumbling block actually makes the
differentiation between digital rights management and "effective" digital
It would be an interesting case (on someone elses dime naturally) to test at
what point a cracked DRM becomes ineffective... is it at the point of being
broken, the point at being made public or when a particular percentage of
users knows about it, or something else?...
anyway, as to the UK satellite system... There are two operators of
satellite service in the UK. Sky and FreeSat. They both use the same
satellites. Sky use proprietary boxes and requirea viewing card pretty much
all the time even for non-paid for channels. Sky uses NDS encryption for
many of its channels and there are no legitimate CAMs available. Sky will
let you carry on watching free tv on one of their boxes just by asking to
cancel your subscription and ask to be transferred to free-to-air tv, but
even after this transition remove the viewing card and pretty much
everything stops working.
FreeSat can be used by anyone with a DVB-S set-top box and does not require
any satellite viewing card... it is truly free-to-air so can be used with
MythTV and a standard satellite input card (like a Nova S2 HD card like
previously mentioned - I use one myself for just this reason).
With regard to your query; look up the satellite provider on a satellite
forum, such as kingsofsat - http://en.kingofsat.net/. Here you will find the
encryption methods, you can then look to see if there are CAMs available
and/or other methods.
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