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RE: What Satellite HD PVR

The news, so far, is that I have 2 satellite dishes combining 3 LNBs. The 3 feeds go in to a stacker/destacker, leaving one cable to run in to whichever receiver I buy. Then I have the terresterial Freeview. That seems to mean that I need a DVB-S2 input & a DVB-C/T input.

There was a suggestion, earlier in this thread, that if I streched to the VU+ Duo2, (to which one has to add the cost of adding a 1TB hard disc) then the Duo2 would also facilitate different feeds to different TVs in different rooms. Is that still the case & is it possible with any other receiver?

As I read it,  the suggestion is (still learning fast) that the 'only' requirement is that I have a linux receiver to receive the feeds, with an HDMI lead to take the feed to a TV & an ethernet link to despatch the feeds on to my network. Then I need another linux receiver attached to another TV to receive the feeds from the 1st receiver & HDMI lead to send the feed to the 2nd TV.

That way I can watch different feeds on different TVs

Does all that seem possible?

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Yes. You could still use the Gigablue as 'tuner server' and stream to a second Linux box (acting as client) you just need to install the 'remote stream convertor' plugin  on the client box. You could also still stream to PCs/phones/tablets too.

A couple of caveats though,

Firstly with a single sat tuner you're going to be limited to what satellite channels you can watch on the main server box, and stream on the client box simultaneously, i.e only channels on the same MUX. You would obviously be able to watch any satellite channel on one box whilst watching a terrestrial on the other.

Secondly, don't try this over WiFi, both boxes need to be connected to your network with ethernet.

The Gigablue (and pretty much every other Linux box) doesn't transcode like the Duo2, so you'll find streaming HD channels  to the client box impossible, and SD channels maybe choppy with WiFi envolved.

 

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Alternatively, having stacked/destacked my 3 LNB feeds in to 1, to get them in to the house in 1 cable, could I not un - stack/destack or split those feeds in to seperate cables taking them to different TVs (each requiring its own receiver - but that would be necessary anyway)?

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A stacker/destacker stacks two feeds onto a single cable then unstacks them back into two feeds. BTW

What you have DiSEqaC switch, which as the name implies uses the DiSEqC protocol two switch between multiple LNBs.

 

You could eliminate the switch, and run each LNB feed to its own receiver, but you'd obviously be limited to watching only that satellite on each receiver.

You could use the remote stream convertor plugin I mentioned above on each receiver (each receiver becoming a tuner server and client) but that could become z bit confusing.

You can't split a sat feed, but the other and better solution would be to replace your single LNBs with twins, add another DiSEqC switch so each receiver has its own feed.

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Anticipating these problems, 1 of my LNBs is a twin, although the chap from the arial firm only conected 1 feed. To be honest, my brain is completely frazzled, notwithstanding your enormous help & patience. You have persuaded me not to be so hostile to Technomat products & I'm thinking of  the TM-Nano OE HD, the TM-800HD or the non - linux TM-5502 HD CI+.

I've never needed a CI slot.

I'm swaying towards the TM-800 HD

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No!

Do not buy the TM 800. It is a terrible linux box. Due to its chipset, and lack of support, broken promises and lies.

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TM-800HD?

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Yep. Avoid it like the plague.

Their non Linux kit is OK, and broadcom chipset based Linux boxes are too, but not the tm 800

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The next cheapest is the Technomat TM-Nano OE HD. But, it does not have a UHF loop facility, which I think is quite useful. In any event, I suspect that your comments about the TM-800 HD would apply equally to the Nano?

That brings us to the Gigablue HD 800 UE+ which does have a hybrid DVB-C/T socket as well as a DVB-S/S2 socket. But it is £50 more expensive & (more importantly) only seems to come with a continental  2-pin plug with an adaptor. Not very tidy. :wall:

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If I buy a machine that takes both DVB-C/T as well as a DVB-S/S2 feeds, such as the Gigablue HD 800 UE+, stupid question I know, but does that mean that I can record off both the DVB-C/T & DVB-S/S2 feeds?

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stevenjonas wrote:

The next cheapest is the Technomat TM-Nano OE HD. But, it does not have a UHF loop facility, which I think is quite useful. In any event, I suspect that your comments about the TM-800 HD would apply equally to the Nano?

No the nano uses a Broadcom MIPS based chip, the TM 800 HD was NXP based. 

The OE core/Enigma2 UI all these boxes run  is compiled for MIPS, getting it run on anything else means a lot of hacking and why the 800 was an absolute dog.

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stevenjonas wrote:

If I buy a machine that takes both DVB-C/T as well as a DVB-S/S2 feeds, such as the Gigablue HD 800 UE+, stupid question I know, but does that mean that I can record off both the DVB-C/T & DVB-S/S2 feeds?

Yes.

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I'm back! Am I correct that the only worthwhile linux machines that take both DVB-C/T & DVB-S/S2 feeds are the Vue+ Duo 2 & the GiGaBlue HD 800 UE+?

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I see that the Vu+ Ultimo can also be configured to take both Satellite DVB-S/S2 & Hybrid DVB-C/T connectors. Is the Ultimo worth buying?

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What about the  icecrypt s3700?

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