If you have C-band , it might be worth it. I only rarely catch anything on DCII on ku band . Playing with the circular turbo stuff is a little more likely to be useful.
I'm not sure what you're saying here re your 4200 (I was waiting to hear your response relative to my questions in the other thread). Are you saying you're getting only some of the music choice channels?Do you get Music choice G14 as an example on genpix ? i have a DSR-4200 and open 5 music choice bet none of the rest as though they are encrypted ?
TSREADER is what I'm using to receive the DCII channels. It streams them to VLC, which is a free program running on the same computer. I think there are versions of VLC for other OSs, but TSREADER only runs on Windows. So I think he's saying that you need a windows computer to play DCII with the Genpix. I didn't know that only TSREADER could understand the DCII format, but that makes sense. TSREADER costs $99, but it is well worth the investment.I just received this email and still do not understand totally what he is trying to say ? That is why need to get feedback directly from skywalker owners.
so far, the only software which supports DCII (with genpix devices) is TSReader.
And it's running under windows.
There is a free version of TSREADER that you can use to get an idea of what it can do, but it is rather limited. He is right that most DCII channels are encrypted, however there are quite a few that aren't. Particularly recently. Just like DVB channels, the free DCII channels come and go.TSReader LITE (free version) can tune and analyze the stream, but playback time is limited to 1 minute or so.
You need a Full version (commercial version) to be able to do unlimited (and scheduled) playback and record.
But keep in mind: there are very few unencrypted channels which are sent via DCII.
THis is true. The "FREE" DCII channels can be in 3 different modes, one mode is only for people that are subscribed to a service, I'm not sure what this mode is called. The most common mode is FP, whichas he describes above, is a fixed key known by all GI/MOT receivers. The Genpix can't do FP. Most of the "free" music channels, and some of the free video channels are ZK. however. ZK is basically not encrypted at all, so any DCII receiver can play it. The Genpix can play any channel that is ZK, and can actually play many channels that the 4DTV and/or the 4200V cannot play, since it can do 29270-combo mode. There aren't as many ZK channels as there are FP channels, however when you do find FREE DCII channels, they are usually more valuable cable type channels, rather than 3rd tier channels most people wouldn't watch, which is often the case with DVB FTA.You can watch only those channels which are encrypted with so called zero-key.
You may see many free DCII channels in the list (lyngsat, for instance), but it does NOT mean yet that you may watch them without stb DCII receiver.
Every stb DCII receiver has default encryption key built-in, and it uses it to decrypt free channels, you don't need to have a subscription or receiver activation for that.
But you still need a receiver to do that, cause decryption mechanism is unknown (non-public), and you can not decrypt these channels on a PC.
On a PC, you can watch only those channel which use zero-key for encryption (that is, no encryption).
thus, you may need to do some additional research before investing into that.
This is answered in the other reply, but to repeat;What do you mean with zerokey?
Right. I agree completely relative to the educational tool thing. Even when I find things, I seldom actually watch programs, I just enjoy viewing the muxes in TSREADER learning how the things are put together.Not as long as they are scrambled. The skywalker-1 will tune them ( I just looked at the Ku stuff on 111 W , the listed 8psk tp's), but there is no video decode because of the scrambling. However, just as Dish Net occasionally runs tp's in the clear, so too, might Shaw Direct. Question is how long you want to wait, and how often do you want to check it out. I personally wouldn't buy a skywalker-1 just hoping for those elusive ITC channels, but I WOULD and DID buy a skywalker as an educational tool . Every now and then , I get to watch some TV on it that I can't get otherwise.