[linux-dvb] Recommended hardware for DVB-C

Guy Martin gmsoft at tuxicoman.be
Mon Jul 23 14:20:12 CEST 2007

Hi Dag,

Don't buy any card based on the stv0297 tuner such as the
technisat cablestar. I've had very poor experience with them while
tuning to QAM256 channels.
There is a lot of packet loss while other cards works just fine.

I've a satelco easywatch that works quite well but I didn't tested the
CI tho.


On Mon, 23 Jul 2007 14:04:15 +0200
Dag Stenstad <linuxtv at stenstad.net> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm going to set up a distributed media center solution at home, and
> are wondering what hardware I should use for encoding.
> My cable provider is Canal Digital, and as far as I can see almost all
> channels are encrypted with Conax and distributed with DVB-C QAM64. I
> have a valid smartcard subscription.
> I would like to be able to use 3-4 tuners at the same time, sharing
> the same CI/CAM. My current PVR provided by Canal Digital has 2 or 3
> tuners. Is this possible right now or in a not too distant time frame?
> Which available DVB-C cards has a working CI for a Conax CAM?
> Is there any cards in this category with multiple DVB-C tuners?
> Which is recommended?
> Will these card(s) support HDTV (Using QAM256 probably?) when my
> providers launches this?
> I will do all processing on the CPU, so MPEG offloading is not
> important.
> I've looked at the kernel documentation, documentation at linuxtv.org,
> the mailing lists and at Google without finding the answer, so I hope
> someone here can help.

Guy Martin
Gentoo Linux - HPPA port lead

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