Tested models were: TBS 8922, TBS 5922, TT-budget S2-4100 (TMAX TAS210x), TBS 6522 (Si2183), TBS 5925 (STV090X) and DVBSky S960 (Montage M88DS3103). And the winner? Surprisingly it's TT-budget S2-4100!
When it comes to C-band, a multifocus solution is not just an option, in most cases it's necessity. The reason is quite simple - there's no LNB that would be able to receive all C-band signals without the need to rotate the LNB or inserting/removing the dielectric into the feedhorn. For me this is the most annoying thing about C-band - of course, you'd find Ku-band examples as well but those don't come close to how much scattered the polarization is in C-band.
Tested in this comparison: 43°W reception with Astrotel Precision, Norsat 8115, Norsat 3220 PLL, Norsat 8530, California Amplifier LNBs and Titanium PLL LNBF.
After years suffering with Fortec Star 2.4m, I've finally moved on and got a new C-Band dish. It's a Channel Master prime-focus 2.4m dish with a polarmount. It is a very special setup because it's installed at a remote location due to the obstructed view in the place where I live. That means anything involving touching the dish would require me to drive approximately 50 kilometers, which could become quite expensive over the time and would piss off the wife too. The fact I don't have easy access to the dish takes some fun out of it but it also brings new challenges and new fun stuff to do.
Once again the legendary Dreambox receivers make history. PowerVu channels encrypted in DES can now be decrypted on a Dreambox without the need to use stream relay or any hardware modification.
A brief look on the channels that have been opened with the PowerVu hack. The providers affected include Discovery, Arquiva, Overon, SIS and HBO. Screenshots inside.
Tuner test performed with the Dreambox 820 HD, Vu+ Solo2 and Coolstream Trinity HD2 linux satellite receivers.
AFN has been around for ages. As far as satellite reception goes, some of you might remember B-MAC broadcast in the 90's. Eventually, AFN upgraded from B-MAC to DVB-S as early as 1997. That's a really respectable technological advance but the sad fact remains that AFN did not significantly move forward since then. The very old PowerVu D-9234 receivers are still in service. Please log in to continue reading.
This tutorial explains how to watch all the channels in the BBC package at 27.5°W if you own a Dreambox satellite receiver. The following tutorial also applies to other Enigma 2 receivers but additional steps might be needed to get sound on the HD channels and subtitles to be shown in the subtitle menu. This test was done using an original Dreambox 500 HD running Open ATV 4 image.