How to use TBS5980 to watch satellite TV

By | May 30, 2011

The TBS5980 is a USB DVB-S2 TV Q-Box with CI design, capable of receiving DVB-S/S2 HD/SD TV as most TV tuner card or TV Q-Box, and ensures you to connect a CAM(Conditional Access Module) with a compatible Pay-TV Smartcard subscription to enjoy Pay-TV channels. It is packaged with a TV Q-Box CI, a remote control , a power adapter and a usb cable , also packaged with a installation CD, which is TBS’s own software , including the driver and user manual .Now here is a tutorial on how to use TBS5980 to watch satellite TV .

Install hardware

Step 1

Set your satellite dish aiming at the right satellite. Connect dish LNB to TV Q-Box “RF IN” with cable. Plug the power supply and connect it to Q-Box “DC7.5V”. Connect USB cord with one end to your computer and the other end to Q-Box “USB2.0” .As shown on the pictures below.

Step 2

Insert the smartcard into the CAM. The smartcard should be inserted with the embedded chip side above into the CAM, so that the chip will face towards the side of the CAM with a bump. Loading

TV Q-Box CI with the CAM. The bumped side of the CAM and the brand-marked side of the QBOX should face the same direction. Note that you do not do the other way around. Otherwise, the device will not function.

Install software

Step 1

Insert software CD into CD or DVD drive, choose the appropriate driver to install, and then just click “next” to finish installation.

Step 2

Install TBSViewer. Click “Install TBSViewer” from CD AutoRun, then click “next” to finish installation.

Double click the icon “TBSViewer” to launch TBSviewer, and then right-click to choose the “Options” item. If TBS5980 product device is well installed in the computer, you can see “TBS 5980 DVB-S2 TV QBOX CI” on a window.


Right click to choose the “Channel scan” You can select existing satellite transponders list from the scroll down menu. Then set up the DiseqC, LNB LOF1, LOF2 and LOF SW, input transponder Frequency range here and start scan by frequency or by range.

If you don’t use any Diseqc, just choose “None”. But if you do use Diseqc, choose the correct Diseqc type.

After “Scan channels” is completed, the found program numbers will be shown and the program list will be automatically saved. You can close the “Scan channels” window. Move the mouse to the right part of the TBSViewer main window, and a channel list window will appear. Double click a channel to watch.

Check CAM information

Right-click on TBSviewer and select “Conditional Access Module”, and then the MI window will pop out for your service .See the picture below.

TBS5980 USB DVB-S2 TV Q-Box CI is also fully compatible with many other applications, e.g. DVBDream , PlogDVB, DVBlogic, Skynet, TSreader… which brings much more fun for you in satellite TV world.

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