Hercules Smart TV Satellite

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Card information

This card is a clone of Twinhan VP-1030A PCTV Sat CI card.

So far the difference are:

  • different sticker on tuner
  • Firmware returns a "DST-CI" identifier instead of the "DSTMCI" identifier returned by VP-1030A firmware


  • Sat input
  • CI connector for CAM module
  • Internal 8 pins connector (unknown purpose. Anyone knows ?)
  • Internal sat output

Hercules smart sat front.jpg Hercules smart sat rear.jpg

Required software

Stable kernel

The card works perfectly in FTA mode with 2.6.7 or later kernel. De-scrambling is not supported.

In developement

De-scrambling support is provided by the experimental dst_ca module. This driver is working but some polishing is still required. To de-scramble programs, you must have:

  • Linux kernel 2.6.9 or greater

Required modules

Add dvb-bt8xx in your /etc/modules files and add these lines in you modprobe.conf:

options bttv i2c_hw=1 card=0x71 
options dst_ca   new_ca=1
install dvb-bt8xx /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install dvb-bt8xx; /sbin/modprobe dst

CAM tests

Feel free to update this table with other types of CAMs.

CAM tests on Hercules Smart TV Satellite
Type HW version Firmware version Results
SCM Red Viaccess 1.0 1.06 Working, but random failures are observed every few hours with TPS
Aston Viaccess  ?  ? Not working

As the dst_ca driver is still under development, the results of this page may change.