For how to run FTA channels on your PC, you only need a DVB player, DVB cards, satellite dish, LNBf, and other necessity. On the other hand, this is the advanced level of the tutorial as we are going to focus on running premium FTA channels on your PC via emulator. Like I said, I will focus my attention on running satellite TV channels via DVB cards with special reference to an emulator. I mean powervu emulator.
Especially relevant: All you need to know about a DVB card
What is an Emulator
According to Wikipedia, “In computing, an emulator is hardware or software(just that we are focusing on the software side of it within this context) that enables one computer system (called the host) to behave like another computer system (called the guest). An emulator typically enables the host system to run software or use peripheral devices designed for the guest system. Emulation refers to the ability of a computer program in an electronic device to emulate (or imitate) another program or device.
Since at least the 1990s until today (2010s), some video game enthusiasts use emulators to play 1980s arcade games using the original 1980s programming code, which is interpreted by a current-era system. From the above, you can easily deduce that “DVB cards emulates a satellite decoder when used with a PC while powervu emulator, emulates Oscam software on the decoders”
What is powervu emu?
First off, PowerVU Emu is a standalone emulator for DVB-Viewer-Pro, DVB-Dream, SmartDVB, TSReader and ProgDVB. furthermore, a powervu emulator is a computer software that is programmed in such a way as to emulate the original software on any powervu official decoder. By so doing, it can open specified powervu channels same as the official decoders. Powervuemulator from its inception only works on PC. Meanwhile, Oscam emulator works on our various auto roll decoders.
If your interest is to mtn worldwide, or sony package and you do not have access to the official decoder, you can use an emulator to open the channels. This, however, has legal implications so your discretions are advised. You must be guided according. That being said, the next topic will treat those requirements that you need before you can watch powervu channel on your computer via powervu emulator.
requirements for running satellite TV channels via DVB cards(case study- powervu emu)
- You need a pc. This can be a desktop or a laptop computer. The configuration of the pc must not be lesser than the followings: 1GB of ram, 40GB hard disk, Dual-core processor, A reasonable video ram(for HD channels) you need a minimum of 256mb for HD videos.
- In addition to the above, you must buy a DVB Card in accordance with your pocket/budget. Read my article here on how you can choose one. You invariably also requires a satellite dish, LNBf, and a coaxial cable. Noteworthy, your dish must be big enough to receive the signal from the satellite package you intend to track. For sony package, you need 2.4 meters from West Africa and for MTN worldwide, you need a minimum of 1.8meters
- Also, you need some other basic software like LAVFilters and crazyscan for scanning channels
- Now to the big moment. You need to download a working powervu emulator. you can get the most recent and currently working one from satuniverse. The current one is It is the version 2.8. Perform a simple google search and you will be glad you did. The search tag “PowerVuEmu.2.8” will help you out.
- Finally, you need
running satellite TV channels via DVB cards – configuration
Powervu emu 2.8 supports a lot of DVB players. Below are comprehensive instructions on how you can get started with the supported players
How to use it with (DVB-Viewer-Pro):
– Copy its .dll, .ini & Softcam.Key files to the `Plugins` folder of the DVB-Viewer-Pro.
– Its key formats are:
P Ident KeyIndex Key ; Comments
P IdentVideoPidAudioPid KeyIndex Key ; Comments
– Disable other plugins that are able to decrypt the PowerVU. Only one plugin is able to decrypt the same TS(Audio/Video) correctly at once. If you are using vPlug, you need to delete its PowerVU.mdl to disable its PowerVU support.
– Also don’t forget to use a better direct show filter, such as LAVFilters, to avoid glitches.
Very important: LAVFilters
For the Usage of (DVBDream):
– Copy its .dll, .ini & Softcam.Key files to the `Modules` folder of the DVBDream. Then change the extension of the .dll file to .mod.
– Copy its .dll, .ini & Softcam.Key files to the `MDPlugins` folder of the TSReader (http://coolstf.com/tsreader).
– Copy its .dll, .ini & Softcam.Key files to the `Plugins` folder of the SmartDVB Their URL: (http://www.smartdvb.net/).
Last but not the least Usage (ProgDVB X86):
– Copy its .dll, .ini & Softcam.Key files to the `Plugins` folder of the ProgDVB Website: (http://progdvb.com/).