Last modified at 2/14/2014 3:55 AM by Koen Zomers

I have been using DVBLogic for a while already which allows me to watch live TV sourcing from the Ziggo cable network (DVB-C) in The Netherlands in one of their clients like Windows Media Center, Windows Phone app, Android app, IOS app or through any DLNA client. Works out great. I recently decided to add more tuners to my setup. After some research I read good things about a German company called Digital Devices which offers DVB-C (cable) and DVB-S (satellite) tuner cards. After comparing their offerings, I chose to go with a Cine CT V6 DuoFlex CT quad tuner DVB-C PCI Express card. After ordering through their webshop and transfering the money by international bank transfer, the next day I already received a notification from Digital Devices that the order was being shipped. Three working days later the mailman arrived at my doorstep with the package.

The documentation that comes with the card and which is provided on their website is a bit confusing. Also because they offer several products which are all a little bit different. Below I will outline the exact steps to take to install this quad tuner card (other cards should have the same steps) on a Windows 2008 R2 x64 (steps for Windows Server 2012 are similar) server and use it with DVBLogic v4.5.

  1. Place the card in an available PCI Express slot on your motherboard. I placed it in the x8 slot on my Asus DSBV-D motherboard, but it should fit in any PCI Express slot. Note that you only have to connect the two female connectors on the backplate. You can use the male connectors to loop from one card to the next. In my case I didn't use that option and just connected both female connectors directly to my cable network.



  2. Boot up your machine. Once in Windows, open the Windows Device Manager by running devmgmt.msc from the command prompt or runas console (Winkey + R) or via any other method you're used to.

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  3. You should see a new Multimedia Controller listed under Other devices.

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  4. If you're running Windows 2008R2 or Windows Home Server and you haven't done so already (i.e. this is a fresh new Windows installation), add the BDA driver architecture to your machine. You can do so by downloading the BDA driver pack below, extract the files to your Windows 2008R2 or Windows Home Server machine and simply execute install.cmd.

    BDAdriverWindows2008R2.zip(4,56 MB)

    In case you're performing these steps on Windows Server 2012, use this BDA package instead of the above one:

    BDAdriverWindows2012.zip (2 MB)

    For Windows Server 2012 R2, use the following BDA package:

    BDA Windows Server 2012 R2.zip (4,3 MB)

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  5. Also make sure you have the Desktop Experience feature enabled within Windows 2008R2 or Windows Server 2012. You can enable this by running the following PowerShell command:

    Add-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience
    For Windows Server 2012 R2 instead you need to activate the "Media Foundation" feature using the following PowerShell command:

    Add-WindowsFeature Server-Media-Foundation


  6. Now go ahead and download the latest driver from the Digital Devices website and run it. At the time of writing, the latest driver version was v2.4.2.70.

  7. The setup wizard is only available in German, so even though it's pretty straightforward, I will post guidance on each step below to help all you non German speakers out there.

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    Click Weiter to continue

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    Again, click Weiter to continue

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    Keep all at their defaults and click Weiter again to continue

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    Change the installation path if you wish or just leave it at its default and click Weiter to continue

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    At the next screen, click Installieren to start the installation process

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    Soon you will be confronted with a Windows Security notification asking you for permission to install the nicely digitally signed driver. Click Installto continue.

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    In a matter of seconds the installation process should complete. Click Fertig stellen to close the installation wizard.

  8. You can switch back to the Device Manager again and you should now see the devices correctly being added to the Sound, video and game controllersnode. The amount of devices you'll see and their exact names might vary, based on the Digital Devices cards you installed. This listing is valid for the Cine CT V6 DuoFlex CT quad tuner DVB-C PCI Express card.

    digitaldevices_dvblogic_devicemanager_installeddevices.png

  9. After a few moments, the cineXX/DuoFlexXX Configuration tool should pop up. In the first instance, none of the next buttons may be enabled:

    digitaldevices_dvblogic_driverconfig-1.png

    Just wait a few seconds and the bottom Next should become available. If not or if you're impatient, just close the tool and start it again from your start menu:

    digitaldevices_dvblogic_configtoolstartmenu.png

  10. Click the Next button next to Configure CT Tuner

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  11. By default, all checkboxes will be checked. This is a bit strange since it is not supported to have both DVB-T and DVB-C selected for the same tuner. Since we're going to use the tuners with just DVBLogic, uncheck all boxes leaving only the DVB-C boxes selected and click Next.

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  12. Notice the attention on the next screen. A reboot is really mandatory, so after clicking Done, reboot your machine.

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  13. After your reboot, continue with configuring DVBLogic v4.5. I'm assuming at this point you already have DVBLogic v4.5 installed. The DVBLogic installation process it out of scope of this article.

    Open up the DVBLogic configuration website by browsing to http://localhost:39875 and click on the Sources tab at the top.

    Make sure you're not using Internet Explorer 8 which is the default on Windows 2008R2. The configuration website doesn't work well with it. Either install Internet Explorer 9 or any other browser.

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  14. Click on the TVSource button at the left

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  15. Provide any name you would like for your tuner registration and click OK

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  16. You should see the Digital Devices tuners listed as DVB-C tuners. If so, click on the little pencil icon at the end of the first row showing a Digital Devices tuner.

    If you see them listed as DVB-C Windows Media Center tuners, you made the wrong selection at step 10. Go back in the configuration tool, change the setting, reboot and continue from step 11 onwards.

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  17. Change its Type to Cable, put a checkmark in the Status column and click on the Yes button in the middle.

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  18. A TV providers tab will now be added to the top of the page. Click on it.

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  19. Click on the Add button at the right bottom.

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  20. Click on the pencil icon at the right.

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  21. Select the TV provider appropriate for your cable network in the Provider column and click on the Yes button in the center.

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  22. Now continue with tuning the available channels and configuring them for this card using the tabs at the top. There are several methods to do this. My favorite method is using the Network Scan, so I will continue with following that approach. Click on the Network Scantab.

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  23. At Transponder, select the frequency on your network which represents the transponder broadcasting the index channels. This is different on each network and for each cable provider, so look up yours on the website of your cable company or check with them. Ziggo cable users in The Netherlands may refer to this guide (chapter 4 - pages 16 through 19).

    Once selected, click the Search button.

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  24. It may find multiple networks on your cable network, like in my case. Select the network ID appropriate for you at Network. If you're not sure what to select here, consult your cable company. Ziggo cable users in The Netherlands may refer to this guide (chapter 4 - pages 16 through 19).

    Put a checkmark in front of Scan channels for this network only.

    Click the Select All button at the left bottom.

    Click Scan at the right bottom.

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  25. Depening on how many transponders are being used on your cable network, this may take a few minutes to complete. Wait for it to be done. Once done, click on the Channels tab at the top to continue.

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  26. It should now display that it has found channels on your network. In my case, 317 channels were found. Click Save at the right bottom to continue.

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  27. Back in the Sourcesscreen, it should now show the tuner you've just added with a checkmark under the Status column:

    digitaldevices_dvblogic_dvblogicconfig-15.png

  28. Continue by configuring the next tuner by clicking on TV Source at the left, providing any name you would like to the next tuner and clicking OK to close the Add new source popup.

    digitaldevices_dvblogic_dvblogicconfig-16.png

  29. This time, click on the pencil at the right of the second Digital Devices row, once again select Cableunder the Type column, put a checkmark under the Status column and click on Yes in the center.

    digitaldevices_dvblogic_dvblogicconfig-17.png

  30. Next click the Import settings button at the bottom left to copy the configuration for this tuner over from the first tuner we have configured, so we don't have to go through the whole process again.

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  31. Select the first Digital Devices tuner we've configured and click on Import.

    digitaldevices_dvblogic_dvblogicconfig-19.png

  32. You might notice that the tuner Type jumps back to Satellite now. This is a bug in DVBLogic, but it doesn't affect using the tuner in any way. Click on Save at the right bottom.

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  33. Repeat steps 27 through 31 for the additional two tuners so eventually you'll have them all four show up as configured with a checkmark in the Status column:

    digitaldevices_dvblogic_dvblogicconfig-21.png

  34. You can now go ahead and start selecting channels and merging them by clicking on the Channels tab at the top. This process is pretty straightforward, so I won't go into details on this. You can now start enjoying your new Digital Devices TV solution through DVBLogic.

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