DVB-S PCI Cards

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On this page you will find information regarding DVB-S PCI cards.

Please be aware that:
  • The information contained here is likely non-exhaustive and, despite best efforts to do otherwise, may contain errors. (Please help to keep these lists up-to-date so that they are useful for everyone!)
  • If your device is not listed, try:
    • searching the existing mailing list archives:
      • Linux-Media Mailing List (LMML) archives (via vger or .... )
      • or from the older mailing lists (now largely deprecated in favour of the LMML):
        • dvb mailing list archives (via spinics or MARC ... )
        • v4l mailing list archives (via .... )
    • searching for information with Google or other internet search engine
    • by posting a question about the device directly to the LMML (but please do conduct a search first, as it may already have been discussed!)
    • Note: when it comes to support, it is generally a good idea to try the current V4L-DVB sources because some device drivers can be very new and thus may have not made their way into the mainstream kernel.
In any regard, in respect to the above listed suggestions, you may find it to be the case that your device is actually already supported or that experimental support is available.
  • Because the component constitution on many devices are often similar or identical, there may be devices that are unlisted but may actually work with the existing driver framework for previously supported devices. In such a case, your non-listed but working device will likely be reported in your system messages as being one of those previously supported devices. If you encounter such an occurrence, please do report your success on the LMML so that proper detection/identification of your device can be added within the drivers.
  • Lastly, it bears worth repeating the request: Please help to keep these lists up-to-date so that they are useful for everyone!


Supported DVB-S PCI Cards

The following table lists the confirmed working DVB-S PCI cards and provides a brief summary of their features and components. If you need more technical information on a device, have a look at its specific wiki article.


DVB-S Full-Featured Cards

All these, so called, full-featured cards have the AV711x MPEG2 Decoder onboard. Please be sure to know their limitations before you are going to spend too much money for these cards. You need at least one of them in your VDR System unless you install the VDR Software Decoder Plugin. All other DVB programs don't have this limitation.

The more modern approach are the decoder-less cards listed below, every modern computer is able to decoder MPEG2 in software.


Vendor

Model number

Price

Linux-Support
Peripheral connectors
Comments Pictures
Links
Developer Infos

Rev. 1.3 sold as:

Fujitsu Siemens
DVB-S Rev 1.3

supports: DVB, VDR

Connectors:

  • Sat in
  • Sat out
  • Composite
  • Audio 3,5mm
  • Jumper2
Compared to other Revisions:
  • Sound not that brilliant (has 81dB dynamic at 16Bit)
  • 4-5% of the Tuners need a lot of power and get really hot
  • a design-fault in the 5V power supply of the Tuners causes unstable SNR und STR, but there's a mod for that.
  • symbolrates > 8 MBaud can be used

Rev. 1.3 sold as:

Galaxis PCTV-SAT
DVB-S Rev 1.3

supports: DVB, VDR

Connectors:

  • Sat in
  • Sat out
  • Composite
  • Audio 3,5mm
  • Common Interface
  • Jumper2
Compared to other Revisions:
  • 4-5% of the Tuners need a lot of power and get really hot
  • symbolrates > 8 MBaud can be used

Rev. 1.3 sold as:

SATELCO Highend PCI (DVB-S)
DVB-S Rev 1.3

supports: DVB, VDR

Connectors:

  • Sat in
  • Composite
  • Audio 3,5mm
  • Common Interface Connector
Compared to other Hardware:
  • Tuner is much better than TwinHan VP-1030.

Rev.1.5 sold as:

TechniSat
SkyStar 1 Rev 1.5, tt2000.8

supports: DVB, VDR

Connectors:

  • Sat in
  • Composite
  • Audio 3,5mm
  • Jumper2
Compared to other Revisions:
  • Sounds better (has 101dB dynamic at 24bit)
  • uses LNBP16 (not LNBP13) => 650mA (was: 500mA) for LNB
  • symbolrates: 1-45 Mbaud
Technisat skystar 1.jpg

Rev.1.6 sold as:
Hauppauge
DVB-S_ff_rev1.6

Fujitsu Siemens
DVB-S_ff_rev1.6

supports: DVB, VDR

Connections:

  • Sat in
  • Composite
  • Audio 3,5mm
  • Jumper2
Compared to other Revisions:
  • Sounds better (has 101dB dynamic at 24bit)
  • doesn't produce that much heat => QPSK Demodulator IC doesn't need a metal-heatpipe
  • uses LNBP16 (not LNBP13) => 650mA (was: 500mA) for LNB
  • 2 Watt safety - less crashes because of heat
  • symbolrate 8-45 Mbaud
Fujitsu-Siemens dvb-s rev1.6.jpg

Rev.2.1 sold as:

Hauppauge
WinTV Nexus-s Rev 2.1

Hauppauge WinTV Nexus-s Rev.2.1.jpg
supports: DVB, VDR

Connections:

  • Sat in
  • Sat out (only BSRU6-701a Tuner)
  • Connector for Audio/Video cable
  • Connection for IR-Receiver
Compared to other Revisions:
  • Sound not that brilliant (has 81dB dynamic at 16Bit)
  • IR -Remote included (Nexus)
  • Connectorcable included (digitaler audio output, Video...)
  • symbolrate 1-45 Mbaud
Hauppauge WinTV Nexus-s Rev.2.1.jpg

Rev.2.2 sold as:

Hauppauge
WinTV Nexus-s Rev.2.2

supports: DVB, VDR

Connections:

  • Sat in
  • Sat out (only BSRU6-701a Tuner)
  • Connector for Audio/Video cable
  • Connection for IR-Receiver
Compared to other Revisions:
  • like Rev. 2.1 but other Vendor-ID and other Soundchip
  • Sounds better (has 101dB dynamic at 24bit)
  • IR -Remote included (Nexus)
  • Connectorcable included (digitaler audio output, Video...)
  • symbolrate 1-45 Mbaud
Hauppauge WinTV Nexus-s Rev.2.2.jpg

Rev. 2.3 sold as:

SATELCO Highend PCI (DVB-S)
DVB-S Rev 2.3

supports: DVB, VDR

Connectors:

  • Sat in
  • Special connector
  • IR receiver
  • Seems to have Jumper2 (not tested)
  • Common Interface Connector


Connectors on adapter cable for special connector

  • Composite (FBAS, yellow cinch female)
  • Audio left (white cinch female)
  • Audio right (red cinch female)
  • Audio 3,5mm male
  • SPDIF out, supports PCM and Dolby Digital (black cinch female)
Compared to other Hardware:
  • Includes IR receiver
  • Includes remote control
DVB Satelco High End rev2 3.jpg


DVB-S Budget Cards

The way to go if you own a recent computer and are not willing to spend too much money for state-of-the art technology.

Manufacturer /

Model number /

Price

Supports Tuner / Chips Connections Others Pictures
Digital Rise

DTV PCI Sat CI

DVB Sat in

Common Interface

TwinHan Card List constructor page
Hauppauge

WinTV-NOVA-SE2
Modell 639

DVB Sat in
NOVA-SE2.jpg

Hauppauge

WinTV-NOVA-S PCI
Modell 541 [1]

DVB, VDR Sat in [2]
Hauppauge

WinTV-NOVA-S-Plus
Modell 794

DVB, VDR CX24123, ISL6421 Sat in

S-Video in Video-Chinch (FBAS)-In iR-Remote Audio-LineIn

Nova-s-plus board front.jpg

NOVA-S-PlusMCE board angle.jpg

Hauppauge

WinTV-NOVA-CI PCI
Modell 588 [3]

DVB, VDR Sat in

Common Interface

Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-Ci.jpg

Hauppauge-nova-ci-modul.jpg

[4]

Fujitsu Siemens

Activy DVB-S Budget

DVB, VDR Sat in
Fujitsu-Siemens Activy DVB-s budget.jpg
TechnoTrend

PCline budget DVB-S[5]

DVB, VDR Sat in

Common Interface

Technotrend PCline budget DVB-S.jpg
TechnoTrend

TT-budget S-1500[6]

DVB, VDR BSBE1-502A, SAA7146A, LNBP21 Sat in

IR connector Common Interface

TechniSat

SkyStar 2 TV PCI / Sky2PC PCI

DVB, VDR Sat in
Technisat Skystar2 front.jpg
Technisat Skystar2 back.jpg
TELES Strato SkyDSL PCI rev1.4 DVB SAA7146, S5H1420
TechnoTrend design
Sat in
TwinHan Technology DVB, VDR Sat in, some Sat out TwinHan Card List
TwinhanVP-1025.jpg
Hercules VP-1030 and Clones

Smart TV Satellite alias Pinnacle PCTV Sat CI
TechniSat SkyStar 1 CI(v3.0 only)

DVB Sat in

Common Interface

TwinHan Card List
Hercules smart sat front.jpg
Pinnacle PCTV Sat CI front.jpg
Pinnacle PCTV Sat CI back.jpg
Technisat Skystar1CI v3 0 front.jpg
Technisat Skystar1CI v3 0 back.jpg
DViCO FusionHDTV DVB-S CX2388X +

STV0299B + LG QPSK NIM

Sat in x 2
Pinnacle PCTV Sat
KNC1 TV-Station DVB-S English DVB Philips SAA7146 chipset

Philips SU1278 tuner (warning : SH and SHA flavours supported
Philips Tuner 1278/SH-2,TUA6100 (PLL) is supported since Kernel 2.6.19

Sat in
Common_Interface
KNC1 TV-Star DVB-S English DVB, since kernel 2.6.16 Philips SAA7146 chipset

Philips SD1878 tuner

Sat in
Sat Out
LifeView

FlyDVB-S [7]

DVB supported in v4l-dvb Philips SAA7134

Philips TDA8262 tuner Philips TDA10086 frontend
Intersil ISL6421ER LNB supply

Sat in

S-Video in
Composite in
Remote in

Support Linux kernel 2.6.10. analog only LR300.jpg



Currently Unsupported DVB-S PCI cards:

If you own one or more devices from the following list and you want to help with support development, please contact the Linux-Media Mailing List (LMML). Note that if your device is similar to or contains components for which driver development is currently being undertaken, then it is possible that you will pique the developers' interest and can obtain some assistance that, possibly, leads to full support for your device.

However, please note that inquiries to the mailing list:

  • Should NOT be treated as an order drop-off queue. You're soliciting help from volunteer developers who work on V4L-DVB matters in their spare time, and such work can be non-trivial (i.e. requiring even thousands of hours work). So being demanding is one sure route to being ignored. (Honestly, this point really shouldn't even need to be written, but you'd be surprised at the number of irrational individuals who write into the mailing list demanding this or that).
  • May pass without garnering a response—a distinct byproduct of the fact that there are a limited number of developers, whom might be able to help, that are associated with the project. Often times, even if they wished to help, their energies are entirely tied up with other projects. In such cases, the best path might be to try to spearhead the driver development for your device yourself, or hire someone who can.
Vendor

Model number

Price

Linux-Support
Peripheral connectors
Comments Pictures
Links
Developer Infos

TwinHan Technology AD-SP300 (1034)

A linux driver which can be downloaded for the Mantis family from the Twinhan website (AZLinux_v1.4.2_CI_FC6). The mantis_vp1034 only has precompiled module binaries that are only suitable for the first FC6 kernel.

Other drivers are available from http://jusst.de/manu/mantis-v4l-dvb.tar.bz2