TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine
— 01-02/2013
Now you can receive cable TV
on your PC or laptop computer
The TBS 6618 is a PCI-e
card with tuner and CI slot
for CAMs. The TBS 5680 is
an external USB tuner which
also features a CI slot and
which is part of the QBox
product family. Both devices
share a rather unique char-
acteristic: They are designed
for DVB-C, which stands for
digital television distributed
via cable networks.
A number or TBS (also
known as Tenow) prod-
ucts have been presented
in TELE-satellite in recent
months and we even ran a
company report in TELE-sat-
ellite 02-03/2011. The TBS
product portfolio comprises
all types of PC receivers,
such as PC cards with DVB-
S/S2 and DVB-T/T2 tuners
like the ones we introduced
in TELE-satellite 10-11/2011.
Among them is the famous
TBS 6984 with no less than
four tuners. It was with
great pleasure that TELE-
satellite gave its ‘Innovation
Award’ to this extraordinary
TBS is now launching two
more PC receivers that can
be used to process DVB-
C signals on the PC. Many
manufacturers turn their
cold shoulder to DVB-C as
far as PC cards are con-
cerned, and you have to
look long and hard to find
suitable products at all. But
not everybody has access to
satellite television and the
range of digital terrestrial
channels is nothing to write
home about in most regions.
Each of the two DVB-C PC
receivers arrived at our test
center in a neat black card-
board box, complete with a
driver CD-ROM, an F-adapt-
er and a remote control. The
TBS 6618 comes with an
additional IR receiver with
standard phone jack. The
TBS 6618 & TBS 5680
Excellent hardware for watching DVB-C
with an extremely sensitive tuner.
TBS 5680 USB box has the
IR receiver already built into
its box and hence does not
require an external unit. In-
stead, we found a USB cable
and an external power sup-
ply unit in the cardboard box
of the TBS 5680.
We started out with the
TBS 6618 which we con-
nected to our test center PC.
The LGA 775 board we use
provided an available PCI-e
1.0 slot. Since all TBS PCI-e
cards are compatible with all
versions, it does not make
a difference which slot you
use. Any will do, no matter
whether 1x, 4x, 8x or 16x.
Slotting in the card was
easy peasy – its measure-
ments fully comply with
industry standards and so
it fit into the existing slot
space nicely. The TBS 6618
draws its entire power from
the PCI-e interface, which
means no more cables have
to be attached.
For all its Windows-based
TV cards TBS uses so-called
BDA drivers. BDA is short
for ‘Broadcast Driver Archi-
tecture’ and has become the
Microsoft standard for ATSC
and DVB/ISDB video cards.
The interface is fully docu-
mented and therefore allows
both hardware manufactur-
ers and software developers
to supply suitable drivers for
their products. What’s more,
programmers of TV applica-
tions are able to make sure
their software is compatible
with different TV cards. TBS
customers, in turn, can use
their cards with all stand-
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