Are there any plans (at all!) to build a dvb-s2 (satellite) compatible tuner?

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rachel_norfolk
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Are there any plans (at all!) to build a dvb-s2 (satellite) compatible tuner?

Post by rachel_norfolk » Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:23 am

I love my HD homerun, especially with Channels on my Apple TV. However, it would be orders of magnitude even better if I could have a tuner that worked with the hundreds and hundreds of unencrypted channels on European satellites.

Are there any plans, at all, to bring out a dvb-s2 compatible tuner??

SamuelC
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Re: Are there any plans (at all!) to build a dvb-s2 (satellite) compatible tuner?

Post by SamuelC » Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:15 pm

Trust me. You are not the only person hoping for a DVB-S2 compatible HDHomeRun tuner - there are many of us also waiting for the day, until then we have to either make use of internal/usb DVB-S2 cards or use horrid china-imported knockoffs.

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Re: Are there any plans (at all!) to build a dvb-s2 (satellite) compatible tuner?

Post by jasonl » Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:12 pm

I know we've had internal discussions about it dating back years, even getting to the point of having a board layout designed, but there are always sticking points that push it back behind other things we're working on. One of the big ones is that a lot of countries don't have true free-to-air signals available; instead they're "free to view", meaning there's no subscription but you still need to use an approved box that has been activated by the channel operator, and that means producing a device that enforces all the restrictions they want on the service (e.g. not allowing open access to recordings), and we really don't want to go that route except when it's in a product that can do full service with a subscription provider (like HDHomeRun PRIME). Australia's VAST service for people outside the coverage area of terrestrial broadcasts works this way. I know the UK's Freesat has done this on and off over the years for different channels as well, although I'm not entirely sure where they're at right now since it seems to change every time SES launches a new satellite.

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