[Wiltshire] Mythtv and DVB-C with NTL / Virgin / UK Cable

Robert RobertCL at iname.com
Fri Feb 22 18:10:00 GMT 2008

Indeed you are :-)  Keep going!

I don't actually have a Virgin subscription, and I'm not sure I can be 
bothered with all the soft cam stuff (apart from the questionable 
legality issue) - it seems like a lot of effort!  Like you, I've looked 
into it before and not done anything for this very reason.

What I was hoping was that someone would have simply plugged a DVB-C 
card into their cable connection and got a few basic channels (that one 
can get via freeview / analog anyway) without having to bother with 
cams, etc.

Interesting link though!


Richard Reynolds wrote:
> I'm on a role here ;)
> It is in theory possible but I haven't done it or seen it done myself.
> I looked into this for a long time and ended up going back to my DVB-T
> after virgin messed me about something rotten.
> Anyway you need something call a soft cam which as you probably know
> is a software version of the cam modules you put on the DVB-C cards.
> Google up about that, there is a claimed working one for vigrin.
> I also had this book marked that claims to exact method using some
> hacked firmware (about half way down the thread). Again no idea if
> this works
> http://forums.digitalworldz.co.uk/showthread.php?t=158586
> On 22/02/2008, Robert Longbottom <RobertCL at iname.com> wrote:
>> Ok, following on from the brilliant success of my previous question, here
>>  is another!
>>  Does any have a DVB-C card in their computer working with NTL / Virgin Cable?
>>  What I want to know (and can't seem to find out for sure) is can you get
>>  BBC1/2, ITV, Channel 4 and Five in digital from UK cable without having a
>>  subscription or requiring a decryption card?
>>  I know you can get these on Analog over cable (as I currently do), but I'm
>>  wondering if anyone knows if it's possible to get the "free" channels as
>>  digital using a DVB-C card from Virgin or are they all encrypted.
>>  The reason is - I currently have MythTv with the FTA DVB-S (satellite)
>>  channels (BBC's, ITV's, Film Four, etc) - but I can't get Channel 4 or
>>  Five as they are encrypted on Satellite, so I get these from Analog and
>>  the quality is terrible in comparison.
>>  Channel 4 (+ E4, etc) are supposed to be coming to the freesat offering
>>  later in the year (not freesat from sky!), but I've found a site that says
>>  not until October, which seems forever away and still won't include Five.
>>  So I figured I might buy a £50 DVB-C card and try and get them from
>>  digital cable.
>>  But before I spend my hard earned cash, I thought it would be worth seeing
>>  if anyone else has tried the same thing and failed or succeeded.
>>  Cheers,
>>  Robert.
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