Talk:DVB-S

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I think this sentence needs some clarification:

"Attempts to tune DISH network, DirecTV, Bell ExpressVu and similar with DVB-S cards are unwelcome in the MythTV community as those providers do not supply CAMs."

Those providers don't supply analog capture DVR's either and probably aren't thrilled by MythTV when they have a competitor to sell - this is an incorrect objection. One can legally buy a hardware CAM, and in theory use a provider's smart-card with it, all legally. The trick is getting the provider to authorize the CAM that they didn't sell you. If they're willing to authorize, why should the MythTV community object? Softcam's, on the other hand, meant to defeat the subscription service, would be illegal and likely objectionable. BillMcGonigle 03:58, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

I agree, this doesn't fit with my understanding. If you could get them to put the CAM in your computer and set turn it on (or whatever they have to do to make it work) it seems like it would be perfectly legal. I just don't know if they're actually willing to do it.
Has anyone actually tried lately to have DISH or DirecTV come do an installation and get them to put the CAM in their computer? BigPeteB 20:02, 19 September 2010 (UTC)
If you can get one of these providers to install and register a CAM, and as a result have the tuner output unencrypted video, you can use it with MythTV without any problem. However, it is my understanding that subscription satellite providers in North America will only register modules against their own leased hardware. Any use of third party hardware and modules would be at minimum, a violation of their Terms of Service. wagnerrp 20:30, 19 September 2010 (UTC)