[linux-dvb] BBC Freesat in the UK and DVB-S2

Nicolas Will nico at youplala.net
Sat Nov 3 21:33:39 CET 2007

On Sat, 2007-11-03 at 21:18 +0100, P. van Gaans wrote:
> On 11/03/2007 03:37 PM, Nicolas Will wrote:
> > Hello all,
> > 
> > Now that my DVB-T setup is mostly clean and stable, it is probably time
> > to introduce some new stuff ;o)
> > 
> > I really have 3 questions.
> > 
> > In DVB-S in general, can I have one receiving card and 2 LNBs with a
> > DiSEqC switch (2 dishes on 2 different satellites)?
> > 
> > Is the BBC Freesat in UK in DVB-S or in DVB-S2, especially regarding
> > eventual HD content?
> > 
> > I think the PCI DVB-S cards are mostly well supported. It appears that
> > DVB-S2 is still up in the aire regarding Linux support. Any special
> > recommendations for PCI hardware?
> > 
> > Thanks for your help and pointers.
> > 
> > Nico
> > 
> > 
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> BBC/ITV Freesat is DVB-S. BBC HD is also still available in DVB-S, but 
> it's possible BBC HD will move to a DVB-S2 transponder in the future. 
> It's hard to say if (or more likely: when) that will happen. BBC HD is 
> h.264.
> Channel 4 and Five are still encrypted in Videoguard. Channel 4 will 
> most likely go FTA soon, the future of Five is unclear. I think it's 
> best to pick up those channels from DVB-T for now.
> "In DVB-S in general, can I have one receiving card and 2 LNBs with a
> DiSEqC switch (2 dishes on 2 different satellites)?"
> Yes.
> For recommendations: I would prefer the Technotrend S-1500. The board 
> design is a bit better compared to the KNC1, the CI cable can be 
> replaced when broken (standard SCSI cable where KNC1 uses something I've 
> never seen before) and it has a remote control. If you're going to use a 
> CAM, stay away from Twinhan. If you just want some FTA-card, I'm not 
> sure which one would be best. You could obviously save some money by not 
> taking a CI if you're not planning on using a CAM anyway.
> For DVB-S2, Technotrend S2-3200 seems the safest choice, but AFAIK it 
> doesn't run as smooth on Linux as, say, the S-1500.

Thanks very much for your answer.

OK, as a safety measure and I'll go and invest less in the Technotrend
S-1500 as initially planned; better support, option to go CI/CAM if I
ever want to for some French TV package.

I'll plug it to a Diseqc switch, one dish toward a bird with FTA French
channels, another towards Astra and getting BBC HD while it lasts. The
rest will be coming from DVB-T.


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