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TBS Dual DVB-S2 High Definition Digital Satellite Tuner PCI Express Card HD (DVB-S2/DVB-S) Receiver

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  • PCI Express Dual Satellite DVB-S2 TV receiver for free-to-air hi-definition programmes
  • Dual Tuner - record one channel while watching another:- DVB-S2 hi-definition digital satellite TV & DVB-S digital satellite TV
  • Schedule your TV recordings on a daily weekly or once only schedule
  • EPG & Teletext function. Time shifting to pause live TV
  • Supports internet via satellite and data download. Also compatible with Freesat

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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandKubik Digital Electronics
Item Weight322 g
Product Dimensions20.2 x 14.2 x 5.2 cm
Item model numberKD-PCIE-DUAL-S2
  
Additional Information
ASINB0038LU03K
Best Sellers Rank 48,431 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight322 g
Date First Available16 Feb. 2010
  
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Product Description

This PCI Express Dual Tuner 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. It's ready with Windows BDA drivers and Linux drivers up to the latest kernel (Tested on Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE and other Linux distributions). It's compatible with many popular applications such as Windows 7 Media Center, MediaPortal, DVBlink, DVBDream, DVBViewer, ProgDVB, Skynet, TSreader, XBMC, MythTV,VDRs and more. It supports internet via satellite and high-speed data download. The dual tuner adds the capability to record one channel while watching another.

Specification
Receiving Freq: 950-2150MHz Input level: -69~-23dBm
Supports Data Burst & Tone Burst. Support DiSEqC2.X and Motor
Low profile size: 120x68.6mm (LxH)
Full specification available from manufacturer's website

System Requirements
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 or Linux
DirectX 9.0 or later Version
Available PCI Express x1, x4, x8 or x16 slot
Satellite Dish and LNB
For DVB-S: 1GHz CPU or above, 256MB RAM or above, graphics card with16MB RAM or above
For DVB-S2 HDTV: Dual Core CPU, 1GB RAM or above. Graphics card with 64MB RAM or above

Package Contents
PCI-E DVB-S2 Dual TV Tuner Card
Low profile bracket
Software CD

How can I use this product to receive Freesat & FTA programmes?
The service makes use of the same fleet of satellites as satellite service Sky Digital: Astra and Eurobird 1. This means that any satellite dish which has been used to receive this service will be capable of receiving Freesat with the addition of this receiver.



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I had been considering my options regarding the SKY dish attached to my house left by the previous owner.
I already had a MythTV setup using FreeView, but wanted to try out the FreeSat HD channels.

I did my research and decided to order the TBS6980 as it was selling for ~35.00 cheaper than its updated brother the TBS6981.
How pleased was I when a shiny new TBS6981 arrived!

So, this review should be considered for the TBS6981.

It is a fantastic card, it comes with everything needed (Low profile bracket, driver CD, card and power cables). It also has a remote sensor and control, but I don't use them.

My setup is a Zotac ION board with a low power Intel Atom CPU and nVidia ION GPU, running Ubuntu 10.10 and MythTV.

After installing the card and booting my machine, I hoped that the Linux kernel would already have drivers. Unfortunately not.
Some googling took me to the TBS website ("TBS6981 Linux" and click on their download section).

I downloaded and followed the instructions to setup the DVB kernel modules.
HINT: run "make menuconfig" and select only the drivers you need - a full build will take about 30 mins on a slow machine like mine!
The TBS is a cx23885 based board.

A reboot later, and /dev/dvb/adapter0 and adapter1 appeared.

MythTV setup recognised the card - don't forget to add the DiSEC "LNB" default, otherwise it wont tune!

Two weeks later, and I'm happy to report that there have been no missed recordings and my low power machine will happily record ITV1 HD and BBC HD whilst playing a recording.

Additional info:

System details:
ZOTAC ION ITX-G Synergy Edition, 1.
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excellent product that just works! good price too. I received the TBS6981 card like others (it seems the 6980 has been replaced by the 6981 model).
one thing worth noting, the additional power that this card requires is 3x 4pin molex connectors, so ensure you have 3 spare or buy a splitter cable aswell.

I'm using it successfully with windows 7 Media Center and also MythTV.

update 2-11-11: one of the inputs has failed on me, and TBS europe support have been excellent, RMA is in progress.
Also, the additional power this card uses is a standard 6 pin connector as per graphics cards. if you have a spare 6pin GFX connector on your PSU, then this will work.
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After ditching Sky, I wanted to recycle my Sky+ dish and Windows Media Centre (WMC) 7 that had been languishing in the corner for some time, to receive Freesat+ HD.

After running 10 months worth of Windows updates and installing the Windows 7 drivers supplied with the TBS card, I fitted the PCIe card using the power cable adapter which was also supplied. I was able to do a full satellite transponder scan from WMC and get the card working. The card worked perfectly, even received ITV1 HD straight off the bat. However, WMC is not really geared up for Freesat and I ended up with quite a mishmash of channels. To fully set the lineup (channel listing to you and me), I pulled down a list of Freesat channels and frequencies from Wikipedia, this listed the Carrier frequency (MHz), Symbol rate (kSymbols/s) and Polarization (Horizontal/Vertical) for each Freesat channel (and some), then it was a case of manually performing a single transponder scan for each channel, hunting for it in the guide and assigning it to the correct EPG (Electronic Program Guide) number.

All in I guess it must have taken me about a day to get it absolutely perfect. As I did not fancy going through all that again should anything happen to my lineup, I sought a backup solution and found mcBackup. I have installed it and performed a backup without any problems, I can't vouch for the restore feature yet though ;-)

Now I have the full Freesat lineup, including the HD channels plus a lot more. As an added bonus if I am not recording one program while watching another in the lounge, I can watch one channel on my xbox (as a WMC extender) in my bedroom, while watching or recording another in the lounge. Not bad at all for £85.
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TBS Dual DVB-S2 High Definition Digital Satellite Tuner PCI Express Card HD (DVB-S2/DVB-S) Receiver

I have only been using this TV Tuner for about 3 weeks but so far no complaints whatsoever.
I tend to read a lot of reviews before a purchase.
I read lots of reviews about this card & mostly excellent the only couple of negatives I read were poor software & not working in PCI-E x1 slot.
The only free slots on my Asus P5QL-E motherboard are PCI-E x1 as the x16 slot is taken up by the graphics card, anyhow having read all the good reports I decided to order & take the chance & glad I did.
On receipt I installed the card in a PCI-E slot using the latest drivers downloaded from the manufacturers website & opened Windows Media Centre, scanned & found Freesat channels without any problem. I cannot remember for certain which, but I think it was BBC1 HD I needed to add manually.
So I am very happy with this purchase, NO PCI-E x1 issues & no need for software on the CD as the results are excellent using Windows Media Centre & Windows 7.
Highly recommended product, highly recommended supplier, very fast delivery & the usual good service from Amazon.
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