In my previous blog post I already mentioned that I’m looking for a ‘modern’ way of watching TV. To achieve this I went looking for a solution to watch (live) TV via my HTPC, but also via our tablet and smartphone. There are undoubtedly more ways to accomplish this, but I choose for DVBLogic’s solution. Why? Their solution is the best fit for my needs.
In this blog post I will present which hard- and softrware you need and which steps you need to take take the proper preparations before you can use my ‘how-to’. It is not a problem to use your own ‘foreign’ hardware, as long the DVB-C TV card is supported by the DVBLogic software and you’ll be sure that the smartcard reader is ‘phoenix-compatible’.
What do you need?
It completely depends on your own setup. I’m using Windows Home Server 2011 for the TV Server, but you can use any version of Windows (the supported ones). My client is a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit PC.
- HP Datavault 510 (Windows Home Server 2011) Server
- Windows 7 Ultimate Media Center PC (Windows 7 Ultimate x64)
- Terratec Cinergy HTC USB XS HD (or any other’ compatible DVB-C card)
- Phoenix Compatible Smartcardreader
- Ziggo Smartcard (or a DVB-C smartcard of your TV Cable company)
- Universal BDA Driver for Terratec Cinergy (for Windows Home Server 2011 / Windows 2008 R2)
- General DVBLogic info
- DVBLogic TV Source (TV Server)
- DVBLogic Server Network Pack (Virtual TV cards, uPNP/DLNA support, iPod, iPad Streaming)
- WHQL Signed driver for Smartcard reader (driver isn’t delivered with the hardware!)
- NewCS 1.65 – Cardsharing Server software
- ACamd v0.6.2.0 – Cardsharing Client
- Cardclient.conf – Configuration file for use with cardsharing client
- NewCS.xml – Configuration file for use with cardsharing server
During this how-to it is assumed that Windows has been successfully installed on both the machines. You also should install the latest Windows Updates.
Also be sure that all necessary software is already downloaded before you start. You should also have the other hardware (TV card, cardreader and Ziggo Smartcard) available, but you already knew that already.
You can setup the whole configuration without the smartcard and cardreader, but it will only be possible to watch the so called Free to Air channels. You can use any supported TV card and with the DVBLogic solution you can also use IP TV and Satellite channels (if you have a satellite dish).
You should also search for the correct transponder list for your region. On the Dutch website GratisProgrammas.nl you can generate the transponderlist (if you live in a Ziggo region). Too bad I had toe shuffle the list before the DVBLogic software would receive all the TV channels. To make things easy, you can download the transponder list for the ‘Zwolle‘ region right here.
In my third and final blog post I will explain how you can get your setup working and watch live digital TV on your iPad, smartphone or, of course, your HTPC.