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I have a MD8830 and want to use the freesat receiver system for T.V. viewing, the set up guide has an option for a set top box or one for no set top box, can this be used for satellite viewing without a set top box or not ?, twice I have called in the last two days , with your people saying they would call/e-mail me with the answer, still no reply, ( customer reference number 108825609 ), Serial number, MED S/N 14563010080 559. I have been told that it needs a program loading but this program does not appear to be on this machine, where dop I get one for T.V.enhancement ?

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  • thomson160 Sep 18, 2008

    I should have mentioned that the MD8830 is a British version, the American system is NTSC, but not ours...and it (the satellite system, is an output by HDMI cable ), sorry, but I did not realise that this was an international set up, for questions, I will be more explicit in future

  • thomson160 Sep 18, 2008

    Fitting it on monday. will try it then, or ask the satellite guy what this actually means, but they are generally ignorant in my experience, the first guy tried to tell me that the MD8830 does not have a HDMI socket, despite it being clearly visible in the pictures, and to demonstrate that HE was right, promptly grabbed the machine and tilted it forward while the hard disk was running, and lo and behold, there it was, ! along with a blue screen and an angry me ! he seemed to be concerned that I was becoming upset and a little fractious and left the building with a very strong recommendation not to return under any circumstances, after that the next one was trying to sell me a set top box even after I had rung Medion to check on this, ( still no reply after three attempts and three promises that they would tell me how to install an upgrade that would do the job, now three days of wasted time, and another promise, but still no e-mail ), and now my third satellite installer is saying that I need a set top box and he just happens to have one that will do the job, at a cost of "around" £ 177, ( the satellite and instalation is only £80, ), but I do not know what the terms "LNB" or "CATV" mean, but I also hope to fit a splitter, and have seen them for sale in a shop called ARGOS, giving one scart lead outlet, and one HDMI outlet, ( the installer insists, even while I read from the catalogue while I am on the phone, and offer to send him one, that these things do not exist for satellites, then says they might exist, but give different levels of signal if you connect a T.V. to one and a computer to another, ) I no longer trust the installers any more, any of them, but I will wait and see, if this works first, waiting for Medion most of all.....



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If your satellite receiver has an NTSC RF modulated output (RG 59 F connector), you'll need a TV tuner card in your PC to watch it.

If your satellite receiver outputs NTSC composite (unmodulated, RCA cables: yellow, red, white), you can use something like ADSTech DVD Express to connect to your PC using a USB port.

Once you've got your receiver interfaced to your PC or other display, you'll probably need to download the latest programming guides / channel assignments into the reciever using USB or serial cable.

Due to various countries legal restrictions, finding such bin or autoroll files, even for Free to Air satellite programming, is most easily done by word of mouth.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008

  • David Friesen
    David Friesen Sep 18, 2008

    Looks like the TV tuner and DVB decoder is built in.

    Just attach one of the 3 (pal) signals:

    VHF/UHF roof antenna for terrestrial free to air broadcast.

    LNB from satellite dish for free sat.

    CATV from local cable tv supplier.

  • David Friesen
    David Friesen Sep 18, 2008

    If this is the only video input on your computer :

    Then, yes, I'd imagine you require a set-top box. Around here, set-top boxes for satellite start at $40 CDN (about 20 pounds sterling?).

    An LNB is the "antenna and amplifier" mounted at the focal point of the satellite dish.

    CATV is cable-tv.

    Both of which usually come into the house on a wire like this:

    although often use RG 6 instead of RG 59.

    These are usually terminated with an "F connector".

    If your computer has an F connector (socket) on the back to mate with a plug as shown above, you don't need a set-top box.



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