Choosing right DVB card to watch satellite TV


Started thinking about DVB-S(2) card for the new LinuxMCE hybrid core. After visit to the DVBShop I found two variants which seem suit for me – Technotrend Budget S2-3200 HDTV-S2 and S-1500. The last one is 100% working solution for Linux and LinuxMCE with VDR 1.6.0. But DVB-S becomes the history and now DVB-S2 seems more perspective. Especially for the coming HDTV. So, S2-3200 in that case will be better solution then S-1500. But from other point of view it’ll need more work to bring it up under VDR 1.6.0 and Kubuntu 7.10.

Well, currently I rate both cards by 50%. But the S2-3200 is tipping the scale little by little. I think that it’s more perspective solution. And it’d be good to experiment with it a bit 🙂

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    1. Benjie Gillam, 25. October 2008, 11:57

      Make sure you post when you’ve decided to let us know how good the card you chose is! (I’m in basically the same boat, but I also have to re-wire the flat to get the cable to my computer, so I can wait…)

  • Michael Stepanov, 25. October 2008, 23:39

    I’m going to move to new flat at the beginning of the next month. So, I won’t have enough time to build my HTPC. Hope final decision will be done soon 🙂

  • Marty Tremblay, 26. October 2008, 3:48

    Hi there,

    I have the s2-3200 and have been struggling to get this baby to work.

    First tried multiproto module but couldn’t get it to patch/compile/work properly with MythTV or Kaffeine.

    Reading the news of, apparently multiproto will be dropped for S2API which could/should be part of kernel 2.6.28

    Anyhoot, let us know your results. Curious to see how things go for you.

  • Michael Stepanov, 4. November 2008, 13:12

    After a serious thoughts I decided to get S-1500 🙂

  • Michael Stepanov, 19. November 2008, 13:35

    Finally bought good priced TechnoTrend Budget S-1102.

  • Todd D, 13. July 2009, 23:46

    Nice! this article really helped me out.
    Todd D.

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