TechniSat SkyStar S2 Multimedia HD Digital Satellite (DVB-S2) PC PCI Turn your PC into a FREESAT HD PVR £49.50 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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This PCI card will allow you to watch and record DVB-S2 hi-definition digital satellite TV & DVB-S digital satellite TV as well as digital satellite radio. The easy-to-use software allows you not only to watch TV programs but also to play DVD, VCD, SVCD, CD, MP3, MP4, RM, Mov, SWF, WMV, DIVX and other media files. Works with popular DVB software e.g ProgDVB, DVBDream, and Skygrabber. It supports internet via satellite and high-speed data download.
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#1
Why cold most freesat hd pvrs are over £200
#2
I had the original SkyStar 2 PCI card several years ago in the days before I could get broadband. I got it when signed up to EOL (Europe Online) SAT ISP and the download speeds were phenomenal at the time. There was a Balkan group who set up a "push" service that enabled you to download almost anything! :p

Anyway, I might get one of these for my media center so big thumbs up from me.
#3
Cold. DVB-S2 cards are a waste of money unless you have a dish pointing at a foreign satellite as all UK free-to-air sat channels are broadcast using DVB-S, and good DVB-S cards are available for half the price of this.
#4
dvb s2 will be coming to the uk soon
#5
DrRamtop
Cold. DVB-S2 cards are a waste of money unless you have a dish pointing at a foreign satellite as all UK free-to-air sat channels are broadcast using DVB-S, and good DVB-S cards are available for half the price of this.


It is true that at the moment Freesat (BBC Freesat, not Sky) uses DVB-S for all channels including HD channels. However, it is expected that this will change in the near future to DVB-S2 for HD channels, to enable more HD channels on Freesat's service. Therefore, I would seriously think about getting a DVB-S2 card for future proofing as it is also worth mentioning that DVB-S2 is also backward compatible with DVB-S so it will still work now.

As for the price, there are indeed some cheaper DVB-S cards around. However, most of these are poor in either hardware, picture quality, driver support or quality of the included remotes. Also bear in mind that this Skystar 2 is a low profile card, ideal for those with a typical media center case. These are generally more expensive than full size PCI cards. (No, I don't know why that is either!)

If you are happy getting a DVB-S card, then make sure you shop around and do your homework first. I personally have a Compro VideoMate S800F and can recommend it as being very good, so far at least!

Finally, why do people vote cold just because they can get a "different" item cheaper? The deal is for a DVB-S2 card. If you can find a cheaper price for a DVB-S2 card as good as this one then yes, vote cold. But otherwise, there is no reason not to vote hot when, as a DVB-S2 card it is a good deal. Simples! If you think you have seen a DVB-S card at a good price, then make a new posting and leave this one alone.
#6
CogZog

Good point well put

Convinced me to vot HOT!!!!
#7
hot from me !!! it's for sure ...
#8
I use this card with my Win7, much cheaper. £24.44

S350.

Does the job :)
#9
EDEN188 Does the job for now.
CogZog thanks point well put.
#10
EDEN188
I use this card with my Win7, much cheaper. £24.44

S350.

Does the job :)


+1 Really don't think DVB-S2 cards are worth the extra, the S350 is perfect and works straight out the box with W7 Media Center.
#11
CogZog
It is true that at the moment Freesat (BBC Freesat, not Sky) uses DVB-S for all channels including HD channels. However, it is expected that this will change in the near future to DVB-S2 for HD channels, to enable more HD channels on Freesat's service.

So people have been saying for a couple of years now, and there's still no sign of it happening. Rather than switching to DVB-S2 (which would obsolete a lot of receiver hardware) space is being created by using improved H264 encoders, which are better able to maintain picture quality at lower bit rates (BBC HD took this route not long ago, dropping from 16Mbit to 10MBit).

As for the price, there are indeed some cheaper DVB-S cards around. However, most of these are poor in either hardware, picture quality, driver support or quality of the included remotes.

There are plenty of good, solid low-cost DVB-S cards - my favourite is the Compro S350, which sells for about £25. And, it should be noted, that SkyStar S2 is hardly free from bugs (issues with the card failing after standby mode, for example).

(btw, your comment about picture quality is a little bemusing. You do know that DVB-S(2) cards are simply data receivers and have no impact on picture quality whatsoever?)

Finally, why do people vote cold just because they can get a "different" item cheaper? The deal is for a DVB-S2 card. If you can find a cheaper price for a DVB-S2 card as good as this one then yes, vote cold. But otherwise, there is no reason not to vote hot when, as a DVB-S2 card it is a good deal. Simples! If you think you have seen a DVB-S card at a good price, then make a new posting and leave this one alone.

That's a very narrow viewpoint. HUKD is all about getting best value, which isn't always the same as simply finding the lowest price for an item.
#12
anybody know a Sat receiver card that record from a Sky+HD box? pretty much uses my Sky+HD box to record HD contents and as such it gets full very quickly, and no convenient ways of transfering the recordings off to PC or external HDDs, thanks for any info..
#13
I have the Compro S350, but I have problems with the High-Def channels.. they often corrupt.
Might this improve things?
#14
djfluff
I have the Compro S350, but I have problems with the High-Def channels.. they often corrupt.
Might this improve things?


Think thats a driver/ signal issue rather than a problem with the card.
#15
djfluff
I have the Compro S350, but I have problems with the High-Def channels.. they often corrupt.Might this improve things?

Could it be the CODEC you are using too? Can't remember, isn't there an option to select which codec to use?

I use DVBDreams, great bit of software, but they have started charging and a bit buggy here and there. :(
#16
J400uk
+1 Really don't think DVB-S2 cards are worth the extra, the S350 is perfect and works straight out the box with W7 Media Center.

j400uk, could you confirm if the S350 is also DVB-S2 as well? I've always thought it was. Cheers.
#17
EDEN188
...could you confirm if the S350 is also DVB-S2 as well? I've always thought it was. Cheers.

As you should have inferred from reading the previously-supplied link, it isn't DVB-S2 (obviously that capability isn't missed in practice). I use it with the excellent, versatile and free GB-PVR
#18
S350 is just standard DVB-S, the more expensive S2 cards like this one currently have no immediate advantage.
#19
Thank you both for answering my question. I know it seem a straight forward question, but I remembered buying this from Scan which did advertise it as DVB-S2 (over a year ago), hence the question.

Cheers.

Edited By: EDEN188 on Aug 31, 2010 15:30: x
#20
Please help me, on Ebay I buy new SkyStar HD2 for 80EUR, after two weeks I received SkyStar S2 card. This is same cards or not? S2 price is 40-50EUR. I want use card for MPEG-4 4:2:2 feeds.

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