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Thread: What is the difference between DVB-S and DVB-T ?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2005

    What is the difference between DVB-S and DVB-T ?

    Hi there, I apologise in advance for asking such a n00b question....

    What is the difference between DVB-S and DVB-T. I read previously that DVB-S is satellite and DVB-T is terrestrial - but what does this mean?

    I don't know whether to get the Hauppauge NOVA-T or NOVA-S as I do not understand the difference at the moment

    I am based in the UK and I currently have a subscription to Sky Digital

    I am looking for a TV card that will receive freeview or work best with my Sky box to enable me to capture shows to my PC

    ( I was also planning to buy a WinTV PVR 150 or 500MCE, along with one of the above NOVA cards )

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    DVB-t is digital terrestrial - i.e. via an aerial. The brand-name for the digital terrestrial service in the UK is Freeview. All Freeview channels are unencrypted and so can be received with a Nova-t.

    DVB-s is digital satellite - i.e. via a digital satellite dish. Sky monopolise digital satellite in the UK, and you will not be able to receive ITV1, Channel 4 or Five with a DVB-s card (unless you use a special CAM, but these break T&C with Sky and they can terminate your subscription). So if you want to capture Sky you need a Sky box and a PVR-150 card (only get PVR-500 if you have two Sky boxes). For best quality from Sky you'll need an RGB to S-Video converter box (~£30) since most boxes, except the Sky+ boxes, only have Composite and RGB whereas the PVR cards have Composite and S-Video.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Quote Originally Posted by Chris.Day
    Sky monopolise digital satellite in the UK, and you will not be able to receive ITV1
    Just to correct you on this - ALL ITV1 regions are in fact free-to-air, and you WILL be able to receive them using a DVB-S card without a CAM.

    Receiving UK DVB-T from Rowridge and DVB-S from Astra 28.2

    PC: 3GHz AMD, 1GB RAM, XP Pro SP2.
    TV stuff: Nova-T 909, Nova-T 90002, TwinHan clone TechniSat Skystar, 2xMVP.
    Wireless link PC->router
    Wired link router->MVP1
    Wireless link router->Edimax EW-7206 54g Access Point->MVP2

    - Rubbish reception, due to dodgy set-top aerial
    - MVP occasionally losing connection with PC

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Thanks for the replies.
    Think I'll get a Nova-T and PVR-150.
    I'll let you know how I get on

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