How to watch satellite TV with VDR

By | June 9, 2011

VDR (Video Disk Recorder) uses the On Screen Display of the DVB card to display its menus. It can be controlled by the PC keyboard, a home built “Remote Control Unit” (RCU) or the “Linux Infrared Remote Control” (LIRC). After visit to the Buydvb , I found a item which seems suit for me — TBS Q-Box3 USB DVB-S2 TV Q-Box.,it’s a external tv tuner, it support VDR 1.6.0 and DVB-S2 seems more perspective. Especially for the HDTV. Now here is a tutorial on how to use TBS Q-Box3 to watch satellite TV with VDR.


What’s VDR and what’s TBS Q-Box3?

VDR is an open source application for Linux designed to allow any computer to function as a digital video recorder, in order to record and replay TV programming using the computer’s hard drive. The computer needs to be equipped with a digital TV tuner card or a USB TV Q-Box.

TBS Q-Box3 is a mini metal box for watching and recording digital satellite TV on computer , it supports Blind Scan. both DVB-S2 and DVB-S programs receiving. The connection between TBS Q-Box 3 and computer is USB cable, it uses computer CPU for MPEG2 or H.264 MPEG4 decoding, compliant with Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Linux Ubuntu/Fedora and can be used for one way internet via satellite or satellite data download. It’s supported by most popular DVB softwares like ProgDVB, DVBDream,AltDVB, VDR , Skygrabber, TSreader…

How to use TBS Q-box 3 to watch satellite TV with VDR

Step 1. Install TBS Q-Box3 USB DVB-S2 TV Q-Box.

Set your satellite dish aimed at the right satellite. Connect dish LNB to TBS Q-Box 3 “LNB 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”

Step 2. Install Video Disk Recorder

Download the VDR 1.6.0 from internet, and install the VDR software. As legal software for free,  VDR wouldn’t have any additional charge for installing. Click “next” to finish installation, and run it. you can see it’s menu , it gives you access to the primary functions of VDR, like the programme schedules (EPG), channels, timers, recordings, system setup and even user defined Linux shell commands.

Now, as you have install the TV tuner video card in your computer, you just need to press the buton in the VDR menu to get the recording list and pressing the Ok button while replaying a recording brings up the progress display which shows the date, time and name of the recording, as well as the current position within and the total length of it.. use TBS Q-box 3 to watch satellite TV with VDR is very simple and convenient to replay recording and display program, which brings us a lot of fun in satellite TV world.

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