Feeds

Feed your PC free-to-air satellite TV

Sky-less DVB-S

Business security measures using SSL

AVerMedia has begun shipping just the card you need to connector your computer to freebie satellite TV channels. Its DVB-S Pro PCI card hooks up to your reception dish and get the kind of PVR and programme archiving features you don't get from the standard FreeSat box.

The DVB-S Pro hooks into AVerMedia's AVerTV 6 software and comes bundled with an infra-red remote control. Together, they provide picture-in-picture and picture-on-picture viewing, along with a 16-channel preview screen. AVerMedia claimed the combo finds channels and switches between then quickly, while the card's video processing chippage boosts signal strength for a "sharper and more stable picture".

The card can save programmes to your hard drive in MPEG 2 format, and it allows you to pause, play and rewind live broadcasts. It has a screengrab feature, and there's an album facility for index such stills and video recordings. Programmes can be archived to DVD and CD, AVerMedia said.

You'll still need a dish, of course, and you won't necessarily get the full range of channels included in Sky's £150 one-off purchase FreeSat package. Some channels, like BBC and ITV free-to-air services, are transmitted unencrypted, but others aren't, largely because Sky is providing free access as a loss-leader. Since the DVB-S Pro lacks a viewing card slot to enable their decryption, these will remain off-limits to the AVerMedia solution for now. In any case, it's still a handy solution if you're in an area where Freeview DVB-T reception is poor.

The DVB-S Pro is fully compatible with Windows XP Media Center Edition. Available now, the card costs around £50 inc. VAT. ®

avermedia avertv dvb-s pro pci card

Related review

TerraTec Cinergy 2400i DT dual TV tuner card

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed
It feels very familiar - but it's still good
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND
4Gb/s speeds on a consumer drive, anyone?
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.