Archive for December, 2009

HD Channels in Austria/Germany via Sat (ORF, ARD, ZDF)

Thursday, December 17th, 2009


Satellit:ASTRA 1 

Position: 19,2° Ost

Downlink Frequenz: 
Symbolrate: 22000

Fehlerschutz (FEC): 2/3

Polarisation: horizontal

Modulation: 8PSK

Übertragung:  DVB-S2

APID: 1921
SID: 4911
VPID: 1920
PCRPID: 1920
APID: 2921
SID: 4912


ARD HD / Das Erste HD und ZDF HD
ASTRA 1 (19.2 Grad Ost)
Transponder 11
Frequenz: 11362 Horizontal
Symbolrate: 22000
FEC: 2/3
Video-PID / VPID / PPID: 6010 (ARD HD) / 6110 (ZDF HD)
Audio-PID / APID: 6022 (ARD HD) / 6122 (ZDF HD)
Bildauflösung: 1280 x 720 Pixel (720p)

ORF 1/2 HD in Windows 7 Media Center

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

problem: I want to watch ORF 1 and 2 in HD in Windows 7 Media Center

First try using AVerTV: I bought 2 AVerTV Satellite Trinity cards that state: HDTV support and a connector for Common Interface (CI).

What did work? Media Center successfully found both cards and SAT tuning found some channels. Channel switching was reasonably fast.
Issues: First of-all HDTV support is true, BUT only for channels that broadcast HDTV via DVB-S (which happens to be the case in Australia and New Zealand). ORF1/2 HD is transmitted via DVB-S2.
About the common interface: this is a seperate disaster. I order cards in New Zealand at ascent and tried to arrange shipment via TNT, since ascent didn't want to ship to Austria. I had a lot of troubles with TNT actually accepting the transport order and when I finally managed to ship it, Ascent didn't want to sell anymore to me. Right now the package seems to be at TNT New Zealand, but they are unable to find it and return it to Ascent.

Second try using TechnoTrend Now I got in contact with the manufacturer first to make sure the cards actually work with Windows 7 Media Center AND they replied: "fully supported". So I order 2 TechnoTrend TT-budget S2-3200 at dvbshop. Shipment was faster than expected.

What works? The card is successfully recognized by Windows 7 Media Center. Channel scan found alot of channels including HDTV DVB-S2. ARTE HD, ZDF HD, Astra HD... but not ORF HD - even using manual transponder scan didn't help. Viewing of DVB-S2 channels almost works... Astra HD looks fine.

problems: ZDF and ARTE have graphic artifacts (fast moving objects are not drawn correctly). TechnoTrends support claims that this is my graphic card - it's not onboard, but an ATI card.
Common Interface support works for the first time I view channel, as soon as I switch the channel and come back it states: "channel scrambled".

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