[linux-dvb] record multiple channels

Matthijs Mourits Matthijs.Mourits at cwi.nl
Fri Apr 8 17:48:57 CEST 2005


I just went to the satellite store (yes, I want one ;-) and
they told me that the Skystar2 (or any pc card) can not record more then 
one stream at the same time because the receiver (settop box or pc card) 
  sends a command to the receiver on the dish that will "tune" to a 
specific frequency.

They also told me that the "receiver unit" on the dish needs to be of a 
type that can handle multiple channels if you want to watch 2 (or 4) 
different channels _at the same time_. Is this true?

I will rephrase my question. I am looking for a solution that can record
multiple video streams _at the same time_ on to a computer. Can this be 
done with one pci card or will I always need 1 card per channel?

I also found out that to record public Dutch TV ( not free to air) I 
need to pay for a smartcard by monthly subscription.

So I need a pci card that can take a smart card. Do you guys have any 
recommendation for cards like this that work nicely under linux??

Many thanks,


tony wrote:
> Le jeudi 07 avril 2005 à 14:35 +0200, Matthijs Mourits a écrit :
>>for a research project I am looking for a DVB-S card that can record
>>multiple channels and works under Linux. I have been informed that the
>>Technisat Skystar2
>>can do this. Can anybody confirm this? Or recommend
>>another card that runs under Linux and can record multiple channels?
> Yes it does work under Linux. Yes there is software that can record
> multiple channels using this card.
> Tony


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