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Table 1.
* did not work in our test – CI or CAM not identified
WMC with
DVBLink
DVB Dream
(OEM version)
TBSViewer
ProgDVB
(free version)
DVBViewer
(Pro version)
TSReader
(Pro version)
Channel
switching
+
+
+
+
+
Ease-of-use
+++
-
+
+
+
-
Functions
+
-
+
++
++
+++
Comments
Restricted
OEM version,
aggressive drive
for selling the full
version
OEM version
of DVBViewer,
different skin
Only works with
TBS cards
Best free TV
software for TBS
cards
Plugins can be
added and used
without limitation
Lots of functions,
including streaming
Lots of functions,
easy to use
Integrated
streaming
functions
Professional
application for
stream analysis
Extensive
streaming
functions
CI / CAM support
yes (*)
yes
yes
yes
yes (*)
yes (*)
OEM/free version
no
yes – with many
restrictions
yes
yes
yes
yes
Full version
(for purchase)
yes
yes
-
yes
yes
yes
TBS 5680
1. The CD for the TBS 5680 comes with an automatic installer and
includes a manual and TBSViewer. Buyers of the TBS 6618 can
still download everything from the TBS website at
.
com.
2. Despite the USB-2.0 connection, we could stream the whole
Transport Stream without a drop. No worries if you want to use
your laptop to watch DVB-C.
munity, for example, since
it offers the only solution for
watching DVB-C on such a
mobile device. If you look at
the TBS product range there
is a similar model in store
which is called TBS USB-
C TV STICK, but it comes
without a CA slot and thus
cannot be used for the many
encrypted cable channels.
All the more reason for us to
get truly excited about the
TBS 5680, as it makes your
life so much easier. Simply
insert a CA module with a
valid smartcard and off you
go.
We tried several modules
and the TBS 5680 seemed to
be happy with all except one:
It was the CI+ CAM which
only prompted an alert mes-
sage telling us the receiver
in use is not CI+ certified
and therefore will not work
with CI+ CAMs. Fair enough!
We tested all channels
mentioned before in the
course of this report with
the USB box as well and no
matter how hard we looked,
there was no difference at
all. While this generally is a
very good outcome we were
nonetheless surprised be-
cause in theory the transfer
rate via USB 2.0 is inferior to
PCI-e. That is why we used
TSReader to record an en-
tire transport stream (as de-
scribed above) to find out if
the TBS 5680 really is that
fast.
It turned out that the USB
box can indeed keep up with
its PCI-e counterpart, irre-
spective of theoretical USB
limitations. So the message
we can send out to all those
interested laptop PC users
out there is: Don’t worry
about USB 2.0 restricting
the performance of your ex-
ternal TV box – you’ll never
notice it!
What we did notice in the
course of our test, however,
is that the TBS 5680’s tun-
er does not have as low a
threshold as the TBS 6618
that performs almost mirac-
ulously in that regard.
Something odd we also
found out: When testing
TSReader on a PC with the
TBS 6618 and on a laptop
computer with the TBS 5680
using the same channel
started at exactly the same
time via VLC the output of
the TBS 6618 lagged one
second behind that of the
TBS 5680 – for no apparent
reason.
The table below provides a
concise overview of our ex-
periences with all tested TV
applications (Table 1).
Admittedly, since our pre-
vious test of TBS cards we
had totally forgotten how to
integrate the remote control
into the workflow.
Initially, we were wonder-
ing why none of the TV ap-
plications we tested could
be operated with a remote
control and why a remote
was not even offered in the
configuration options. The
CD ROM that is shipped with
the TBS 6618 did not include
a relevant driver either...
It took us a while until we
remembered that TBS offer
their own in-house tool for
the remote control and when
we checked their website we
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