You are much better off getting a technomate TM1000D (no CI or cards)
or a TM1500+ CI (CI + cards). Cost of these about £60 for the 1000 and £85 ish for the 1500. Very good support for these and many packages openable with softcams or official cards.
PS you have posted your question in two threads, you should only post in one.:-Nooo
Alpha software works with the beta.. alsat has some support for this box aswell, but there is nothing up to date.. But Hey, for the money its not bad, even if you have to input keys yourself, its part of the fun