DVB-C support/advice requested (1 Viewer)

hansdegit

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Hi,

I'm looking for a DVB-C capture card. These are a few of the items on my wish list:
- the card must be able to work with Alphacrypt CAM with FW 3.05. Reason is that I live in the Netherlands. Most Dutch providers use a sort of regional irdeto2 coding which, up to now at least, can only be decoded using the Alphacrypt CAM.
- I prefer hardware encoding and decoding
- of course, MP must be able to fully exploit the card's capabilities.
- timeshifting

I've done some looking around:
- TechnoTrend C 2300 + CI
Somehow, this card is not fully supported in MP. Can someone please explain why?
- Frodo has FireDTV working with MP. For me, that's not an option, because FireDTV requires a FireWire port. Also you need space for the floppydrive-sized product.
- Terratec Cinergy 1200.

Please advise.

p.s. In general (no disrespect): what's so difficult about getting a DVB-C card to work in MP? I Mean, in comparison, some analog cards get support in a matter of weeks....
 

tourettes

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    I think one option might be to purchase a PCI firewire card wich costs about 20 euro and use FireDTV with that. FireDTV should be the most tested card / box as Frodo has one of them.
     

    hansdegit

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    Thanks. But My Silverstone Lascala 10M doesn't have enough drive bays to host a floppydrive sized piece of equipment.

    I 'm counting on support for other internal capture cards with CI.
     

    tkortell

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    I have a Technotrend budget C1500 DVB-C card and it works fine for me.

    Note: I don't have the CI module (yet) I don't think it is supported in MP (yet).

    Regards // Tomas
     

    wortelsoft

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    problem in the netherlands is that without a smartcard you don't get anything. So to the whole set need to work together i.e. mp + dvb c receiver + cam card + smartcard + cable provider.

    So there are a lot of places were it can go wrong.
     

    Mr.WOP

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    My advice:

    Don't go for the Terratec Cinergy 1200!

    The standard software that came with the card did not work.
    Only after downloading the BETA software and drivers i got it to work(although very unstable).
    (Don't know the current status. Last time i tested it was about a year ago :) )

    In MP 0.1.3.0 and MP 0.2 RC2 the TV and Radio channels are found but...
    - When watching TV the picture is black and the sound stutters
    - When listening to the Radio the sound also stutters

    I also had some Email contact with the terratec helpdesk about the support for BDA drivers and which CI module(for future use) i could use.
    Awnsers:
    - They emailed me some Beta BDA drivers(Version: 4.7 Date: 15.09.2005) which were the same as the KNC ONE drivers and did not work properly. These drivers are still the most current.
    - They did not know which CI module would work because they never tested any :?
    (the email contact was also about a year ago but the drivers never got an update and are still the same)


    My Spec's:
    Windows XP Pro (SP2, .NET 1.1 & 2)
    AMD 2400+
    GeForce FX5200
    Hauppage 250
    Terratec 1200 DVB-C

    About the 'Smatrcard' it isn't always needed. I've got a Caiway cable connection and don't have a 'Smardcard'. Works fine(with my standalone decoder atleast :) ).
     

    Nooky

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    I can recommend a TwinHan Cab-Ci too...

    It's a PCI-card with built in CI-slot. When you put a Alphacrypt CAM version 3.05 in, you can use it to watch DVB-C in the Netherlands (I myself use TV Home, but the same with Casema, i.e.). The Alpacrypt v3.05 is neccesary to be able to use the (modified) Irdeto Smartcards, used in the Netherlands.

    Whe using the TwinHan, be sure to download BDA-drivers version 1.2.3.0 or later. Older drivers won't work...

    TwinHan updates it drivers very frequently and they're still improving....
     

    hansdegit

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    Well, I finally found a place in my Silverstone case to mount the FloppyDTV tuner. I must say, support from MP is good.
    However, my Alphacrypt CAM causes the tuner to lose the connection sometimes; the famous 'hardware connected/disconnected' alarm from WinXP sounds too often...The guys with FireDTV in The Netherlands will replace my CAM soon.

    All in all, FloppyDTV works fine for me.
     

    tkortell

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    Nooky said:
    I can recommend a TwinHan Cab-Ci too...

    It's a PCI-card with built in CI-slot. When you put a Alphacrypt CAM version 3.05 in, you can use it to watch DVB-C in the Netherlands (I myself use TV Home, but the same with Casema, i.e.). The Alpacrypt v3.05 is neccesary to be able to use the (modified) Irdeto Smartcards, used in the Netherlands.

    Whe using the TwinHan, be sure to download BDA-drivers version 1.2.3.0 or later. Older drivers won't work...

    TwinHan updates it drivers very frequently and they're still improving....

    Does this setup also work in MediaPortal?

    Regards / Tomas
     

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