This post was most recently updated on November 1st, 2017
Today, I shall be publishing a post based on popular demands. I will talk about what “DVB cards/boxes” stand for and what you need before you are qualified to use one. This article shall eschew a general overview of Digital video broadcasting cards/boxes(DVB cards) also being referred to as digital satellite TV tuner.
Before I proceed, let me quickly say one or two things about “tstv africa” They are as follows: 1. The commercialization and sales of TSTV decoders are no longer holding today the 1st of November 2017 according to the press release on their site, they want to allow room for the signal to be very stable. 2. Bein sports HD 1 came up yesterday to replace bhd2 for UCL. 3. When the matches began yesterday, the channels became very unstable I can’t explain the reason other than to hope it was due to capacity issues. 5. More nonsports channels were added
What are DVB cards/boxes or Digital Satellite TV tuner boxes
A DVB Card is to a PC or laptop what a satellite receiver is to a Television. However, a DVB card or box is more sophisticated than the regular receivers out there. Also, Digital satellite TV Tuner card/box is designed for receiving HDTV digital satellite programs on one’s personal computer. You can receive DVB-S or DVB-S2 and HD programs with advanced DVB-S2 Satellite TV Receiver. The interfaces for TV tuner cards are most commonly either PCI bus expansion card, and the newer PCI Express (PCIe) bus for many modern cards, but PCMCIA, ExpressCard, or USB devices also exist.
There are Single DVB TV Tuner, Dual DVB TV Tuner and Quad DVB TV Tuner available on the market. Generally speaking, DVB cards/boxes with dual TV tuner is the mainstream in the digital TV world. However, quad tuners are more often in the professional usage. This kind of dual tuner card allows users simultaneously receive dual DVB-S2/S TV channels; Users can watch one channel from one transponder/satellite while recording another channel from a second transponder/satellite. Alternatively, the users can use one channel for data download while watching TV on another channel at the same time.
Most DVB cards/boxes computer TV cards are fully supported under 32bit/64bit Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 and Linux. It also supports the popular DVB software, Like DVBDream, DVBViewer, DVBlink, DVBcontrol, ProgDVB, TSreader etc.
Important facts about DVB cards/boxes
- You cannot connect a DVB card to a television directly. It works with a pc
- It is a hardware that works with other software. In other words, it is not enough that you merely own a pc. You need to buy a DVB card or box before you can watch satellite Tv on your pc
- A Dvb card also supports Cccam.
- It is either you call it a DVB Card or box. The box mainly stands for the modern version usable on laptops while the card is most of the time only compatible with computers with PCI/PCI-E ports
- Popular DVB software for Windows is DVB Dream(Paid), Smart DVB (Free) and ProgDVB, DVB-Viewer-Pro, TSReader and so on. Interestingly, they all have large amount of features
- DVB cards/boxes are tools mainly used by satellite geeks. An end user may use it but it will definitely be underutilised.
- Generally, a DVB card is more expensive than the regular decoders.
- Some DVB cards now come with a CI port support. This means you can use an official smart card on them. Only if your satellite company allows this anyways.
- Most DVB cards/boxes will also support IPTV via m3u files
- Some DVB cards can be used as a satellite internet modems
- The ultimate database for the most popular DVB cards/boxes is www.tbsdtv.com
- If you want to shop for a DVB card, then your best destination is tbsdtv’s online shop here. Although you can get some on eBay and Amazon as well
Requirements for using a DVB cards/boxes
- A dish is a must because you are going to connect this to your pc same way you connect your decoder to your TV
- Also, you will need an LNBf, LNB cable, f-connectors and other satellite accessories that you will normally use to track satellite tv packages.
- You need either an old computer or a laptop. Your old desktop computer must have either a PCI or PCI-E port.
- Also, it is a must that you buy a DVB card or box that is compatible with your pc. For example, buy one with a USB support for laptop, or buy a PCI card for the laptop. If I were you I will buy the box with USB support because PCI is gradually phasing out.
- Your computer drivers must be up to date
- You may need to buy a premium DVB software like DVBDream or use a free one like tsreader. Although DVB cards/boxes usually come with DVB software included, it’s very basic and supports FTA only. People use a wide range of DVB software – free, commercial and pirated. I am against the pirated version
- For scanning, you need another software on your computer.CrazyScan which happens to be a freeware will be enough for an ordinary user. It supports fast blindscan, the software viewing of satellite spectrum, and satellite feedhunting.
- You may need to install a codec pack. don’t worry, your DVB viewer will point you in the right direction.
DVB cards/boxes general uses
Different kinds of people regardless of the profession or interest can use DVB cards/boxes.
DISCLAIMER!!! I will not be held responsible for any misuses of this article. I have provided this with the sole intention of educating my readers. If you choose to use it in any way that is against the laws of the land, you are doing so at your own risk.
- Hackers of pay-TV services use it for pirate broadcast. Remember, DVB cards support multi streams which the regular decoders don’t support.
- You can build servers with many DVB cards. What do you think those running cccam servers use?
- I mean you can have your own DVB card on a remote PC where dishes are located, and so that you connect to it remotely without being present there physically. This alone is why pay-TV service providers cannot catch the real h*ckers.
- You can specifically use remote servers with tvheadend. This will enable you to view on PC with VLC or on an Android media player.
- End-users can also use it for the fun of it or for personal reason. E,g maybe you want to watch a particular program as you work on your pc all in your own private environment. Your tv may not be ideal for this if you have a family.
- Also, Pay-TV companies use it to monitor their services before distributing it.
- A typical DVB card has various uses. You are limited only by your knowledge of what to use it for. Put it as using DVB card is like a self-built car – You can build whatever you want into it, However, you need to learn some things
- What DVB cards/boxes do is to receive full TS stream (one mux, one frequency) in one of the DVB standards (DVB-S/S2/S2X, DVB-T/T2, DVB-C/C2) and transfers it to your PC.
I mean the whole TS mux with all channels, encryptions, EPG, etc…
The rest of the job is done by the software on PC I mean your viewer like DVBDream, DVBviewr, tsreader….
- It is one mux per one input in DVB card except you have gotten a Quad tuner DVB card/box.
- The feature of your software is what will determine the extent to which you can work with your DVB card.
- For example, one channel can be streamed to the LAN(IPTV feature), other can be recorded to the disk or your USB drive(PVR function), another can be decoded by EMU(remember sports 24 solutions was discovered first on emulator) and be viewed on screen. All these functions are dependent on the software used.
- TS reader – the best TS analyser and VLC.
- For servers on Linux, most popular software are Astra (for multicast) and tvheadend (this is a freeware for unicast).
More Information on DVB cards/boxes
Most popular DVB software for Windows has a common API for plugings called MD Plugins.
It allows a wide range of functions for working with TS Streams including extended EPG, TS Recording and also use of emulators and remote card clients with different protocols including cccam.
One of the popular EMU plugins is vPlug. For cccam you can use Hadu,it works though it may be not the most popular.
For Linux there is famous OSCAM(this is what most FTA decoders use). It is a very powerful piece of software. This can be both a server and client for any protocol for remote cards – newcamd, cccam, DVBAPI.
It has embedded emulator for all cr*cked systems and also supports USB and COM card readers for using official cards for sharing. Also, it runs in Linux as a separate daemon. All other software can connect to it via TCP/IP local and remotely.
There are also options for user accounts and permissions. OSCAM has very complex logic for managing all this and you can do with it whatever you want. But it is for the gurus.
We also have, as previously mentioned DVB cards/boxes with CI interface for CAMs. For now, we only have CI, no CI+. CI+ needs to be cr*cked to work ) Someone is working on that, but it is not public yet.
Main Features of DVB cards/boxes
- Enjoy Digital Satellite TV & Radio on the Computer
- DiSEqC 1.0/1.1/1.2 & USALS supported
- Dual Channels DVB-S2/S Program Receiving to Watch and Record Simultaneously (For dual tuner only). Remember we also have quad tuners
- Both DVB-S2 and DVB-S Program receiving (For DVB-S2 models only) Just as you can watch mpeg-2. mpeg-4 and HD on an HD decoder
- It supports Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and Teletext
- Transponder/satellite auto scan
- Multi-Channel Preview and Channel Recall(not all decoders can do this)
- Program Watching Reminder
- Favorite List
- On Screen Display (OSD)
3rd Party Plug-in supported
- Dish Motor Driving Control(Relief you off some pressure motoring your dish
- Support HDTV at High Resolution up to 1080i
- Support MPEG2 MPEG4/H.264 Decoding
- Real-time and Scheduled Program Recording
- Time-Shifting free you from brief interruption
- Frame Capture, Edit and Slideshow
General Software Features of DVB cards/boxes
- 4:3 & 16:9 Selectable Aspect Ratio
- Stereo Audio Effect Customization
- Remote Control and Hot Keys
- Video Quality Adjustment
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