How to Watch Encrypted Channel TV on laptop

By | April 27, 2011

People who like watching satellite TV may know that many TV channels are encrypted, so if you want to see encrypted satellite TV channels, how should you do. Is there any way?
The answer is yes.

You need:

1. Subscription card(smartcard )


3.CI satellite TV receiver Box
What is CI and CAM?

In Digital Video Broadcasting, the CI (Common Interface) is an extensible digital interconnect found in the digital TV market. It is also known as DVB-CI for Digital Video Broadcast Common Interface.

All Common Interface equipment must comply with the EN 50221-1997 standard. This is a defined standard that enables the addition of a conditional access module (CAM) in a DTV Receiver, to adapt it to different kinds of cryptography. Indeed, one of Digital Video Broadcasting’s main strengths is the option of implementing the required conditional access capability on the Common Interface. The CAM usually has a slot for a subscription card (smartcard) , which enables you to subscribe to encrypted TV Channels.

How to watch encrypted TV with CI TV Receiver Box ?

Only with two steps: Insert a smart card into an appropriate CAM->Put the whole CI slot on your CI receiver Box. Then you can watch and record dvb-s2 Encrypted TV on computer.

Tips:1.Get the appropriate CAM and smartcard for transponders

It’s essentially a way that the TVs can be made to work with any sort of encryption system, so the same model can be sold for different countries and subscription systems; all you have to do is get the appropriate CAM and smartcard for the transponders you want to lock. Or you just don’t bother, and leave the slot empty, just to receive and watch Free-to-Air channels.

2. What kind of CI satellite receiving card is the most suitable

From recommendations, I found TBS5980 USB DVB-S2 TV tuner, a CI TV QBox for you to watch encrypted TV programs. It’s compliant with Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Linux Ubuntu/Fedora. CI Q-Box can be used for one way internet via satellite or satellite data download. It’s supported by most popular DVB software like ProgDVB, DVBDream, AltDVB, Skynet, Skygrabber, TSreader…CI-Qbox

Well, not much to say:

The main functions of TBS5980

  • 1.DVB-S2/S Transponders Receiving
    2.CI Support
    3.Broadband Internet via Satellite*
    4.High-speed Data download via Satellite*
    5. Windows 7 Media Center compatible
    6.Supported by DVBDream, DVBViewer, DVBlogic, ProgDVB, Skynet, TSreader…


  • 1.Receiving Frequency: 925~2175 MHz Tuning Range
    2.Input level: -69~ -23dBm
    3.DVB-S2/DVB-S DIRECTV 8PSK QPSK Demodulator
    4. 8PSK /QPSK/ mode
    5. Symbol Rates:
    DVB-S2 QPSK: 1 – 45 Msps
    DVB-S2 8PSK/QPSK: 1 – 45 Msps
    6. Code Rates:
    DVB-S2 QPSK: 1/4,1/3,2/5,1/2,3/5,2/3,3/4,4/5,5/6,8/9,8/10
    DVB-S2 8PSK: 3/5,2/3,3/4,5/6,8/9,9/10
    7. Automatic Acquisition Range: ±10MHz
    8. DiSEqC 2.x compliant
    9.Single CI design
    10. USB2.0 interface

System Requirements:

  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista Linux
  • DirectX9.0 or later Version
  • Available USB Port
  • CD-Rom(Driver and Software Installation)
  • Satellite Dish and LNB

For DVB-S:

  • 1GHz CPU or above
  • 256MB RAM or above
  • Graphic Card with at least 16MB RAM


  • Dualcore CPU
  • 1GB RAM or Above
  • Graphic Card with at Least 64MB RAM

Package Content:

  • 1 x Q-Box CI
  • 1x remote control
  • 1x power adapter
  • 1x USB cable
  • 1x Software CD

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