What benefit is a CAM/card?

Snowy

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Hello all,

It may sound a daft question, but I've just got a 2nd hand Echostar 2110 2CI Via and I'm unclear about a couple of things:

1) With Via1 turning off soon, will I be able to use Via 2 and if so what do I need to do/buy?

2) If I bought say a Mediaguard CAM for the CI slot, what card if any would I need to watch Mg channels on Hotbird13?

When I search around for viewing cards all I find is s_x; don't get me wrong, I'm a normal man, but I'm trying to get some free programms for the kids, and music stuff.

Grateful for any help, thanks.
 

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Have a look in the Matrix Reloaded section Snowy. ;)
 

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rolfw said:
Have a look in the Matrix Reloaded section Snowy. ;)
Rolfw, many thanks for your reply. I have been looking into the MR as you suggest, but still have confusion as there is so much to know. Can you please advise on the conflicting info about needing a card, either to view channels or to actually programme the cam, since others say that with the right software version the cam will work all by itself. If so, how would I keep it this way in future if keys or whatever change?

Cheers, Snowy.
 

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You will always need some method of updating the firmware of the CAM, the providers are keen to ensure that you do not get uninterupted viewing. :)

You at the moment require a titanium card to watch certain channels, but this may be solved with the next update.

You can flash the MR with funcards, CAS interface, MutzNutz or laptop with PCMCIA slot.
 

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This is begining to make sense rolfw.

I do have a laptop, so I'll check if there's a PCMCIA slot. If there is, does that mean that the MR cam will fit into it and can then have the software loaded stright on from file?

Here's hoping..
 

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Yes, most should work.

There will still be circumstances when a card is required.

This is not a cheap hobby and nothing is long term guaranteed, in fact not even in the short term. :)
 
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