[linux-dvb] BBC HD on Freesat?

Tim Hewett tghewett2 at onetel.com
Sat May 17 01:40:50 CEST 2008

Try this using VLC:

vlc dvb:// :dvb-adapter=<YOUR_CARD_NO> :dvb-frequency=10847000 :dvb- 
srate=22000000 :programs=6940

You might have to select the program manually but this should setup  
the tuner ok for you. It is on a DVB-S transponder, not DVB-S2, so any  
budget hardware should be fine.

I overclock my 2GHz AMD64 X2 to 2.4GHz to watch it smoothly, also try  
selecting "Bob" as the de-interlacing option to avoid the jagged edges  
when the camera pans.

I've not managed to get VLC to play ITV HD yet as it is a non-standard  
broadcast, but it is displayed using DVBViewer under Windows if you  
adjust some of the settings for the channel (force it to H.264, mainly).

The only "special" thing about Freesat is the EPG and interactive  
services. All the channels (except ITV HD) can be viewed using any FTA  
receiver. Some have found ways to get some FTA HD receivers to display  
ITV HD, see some of the threads at Digital Spy.



> Hi all, I'm interested in watching BBC HD broadcasts from the new  
> freesat service. However there seems to be conflicting reports about  
> what hardware this is possible with.  In particular there is comment  
> here from the freesat people that seems to imply that they will use  
> some sort access restrictions: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/techdigest/20080423/ttc-opinion-freesat-confusion-and-secrec-e870a33.html 
>  "would like to clarify that the Hauppauge free-to-air USB2  
> satellite tuner is not a freesat licensed product and as such will  
> not receive freesat services. freesat licensed products can be  
> identified by the freesat logo and are subject to a stringent test  
> and conformance regime." So... 1) does anyone know if the freesat  
> broadcasts are encrypted or real free to air? 2) Is anyone  
> successfully watching freesat including the BBC HD broadcasts under  
> linux? 3) And if so what hardware are you using? (I'm particularly  
> interested in USB attached hardware as I have no room in my media  
> centre case for a tuner card :D, but maybe I will have to buy a new  
> case!) Cheers, Steve.

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