User Manual:Setting up DVB-S for satellite

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This page is up-to-date to MythTV version 0.21


In this chapter will be explained how to configure your DVB-S (Satellite) capture devices. To best way is to show this by example. Here we will be using the Technotrend Budget S-1500, but this guide should work for DVB-S cards.

The Technotrend Budget S-1500 is a DVB-S capturecard with the possibility of adding a optional CI module. A CI-module gives you the possibility to add a Cam module so you can view encrypted channels (pay-tv). This is optional for most DVB cards and does not change any of the following configuration steps.


In most distributions this (and other) capture cards work "out-of-the-box", adjustments are not necessary. If your devices is not support by default then find out how to get drivers for it.

To check if your capture device is working you see the following during boot or by using the dmesg command from the terminal, the output should see:

saa7146 (0): dma buffer size 192512 
DVB: registering new adapter (TT-Budget/S-1500 PCI). 
adapter MAC has addr = 00:11:22:33:44:55 
Input: Budget-CI dvb ir receiver saa7146 (0) as / class/input/input0 
budget_ci: CI interface initialised 
registering frontend 0 (ST STV0299 DVB-S) ... 

The card is now ready for use.

MythTV configuration

Start mythtv-setup as root, and select option 2. Capture cards. Choose "(New capture card). Fill the configuration as follows:

  • Card Type: DVB DTV capture card (v3.x)
  • DVB Card Number: 0 (if this is your first DVB card. The number corresponds with what at the end of the dmesg output is displayed: "registering frontend 0".)
  • By filling out the card, you'll see that "Frontend ID" and "Subtype" automatically filled.
  • The timeouts can remain on their default values.

Now screen should now look somewhat like the screen below (this may vary depending your version and look).

<Todo: add capture card setup screen here>