Chapter 1 - Getting Started

Package Contents

As you open your DNTV Live! Hardware Package (eg DNTV Live! TinyTwin, DNTV Live! Dual Hybrid, DNTV Live! Quad DVB-T Receiver, etc), please check for the following items: 

Installation CD

Items as listed in the relevant section of the device specifications.

The supplied Installation CD ROM includes:

Minimum System Requirements

Computer with a DXVA (DirectX Video Acceleration) compatible Video Card (see note 2):

Computer without a DXVA Video Card (see note 2):

Note 1: The specifications above apply to one tuner, a minimum of 2GHz CPU is required for 2 tuner PiP (Picture in Picture).

When using DNTV Live! with 4 tuners or more tuners all recording, a minimum of 2.4GHz CPU and 7200rpm HDD is required.

Note 2: Many modern Video Cards support DXVA (DirectX Video Acceleration). This helps reducing the load on your CPU and assists in decoding the Digital TV stream – this is especially useful for HD. An ATi card is recommended for using 2 tuner PiP mode and 2 HD channels.

Note 3: Digital TV isn’t a fix for people who suffer from poor analogue reception – on an Analogue system the picture deteriorates to the point where it becomes unwatchable. With Digital – it either is perfect or it doesn’t work/unwatchable. If you currently have good analogue reception you should be fine – but be prepared to upgrade your antenna system with Quad Shielded cabling and a decent antenna if you haven't done so already

Not all TV Stations maybe broadcasting Digital TV in your area – please visit the regularly updated DBA Broadcasting website to find out:

Hardware Installation

Warning: Static electricity can damage computer components. Please use a anti-static strap or similar anti-static device to ensure you do not damage your system.

1. Turn off your computer at the power point and disconnect the mains power cable.

2. Remove the left side panel to your case (if your case is a tower. If your case is a desktop case then remove the top panel)

3. Locate a free PCI or PCI-E (up to x16) slot and remove the backing plate (if there is a backing plate where the card is going)

4. Holding the card by the card's backing plate, move it into position with the antenna connections facing outside of the case, and the tuners pointing towards the bottom/left hand side of the case. Make sure it’s above the PCI or PCI-E connecter and push into place.
Make sure the card is fully pressed in and not half way. The card should sit comfortably into its slot. Never use excessive force to insert the card.

5. Secure the card with a screw and close whichever panel you opened to insert the card.

6. Connect your antenna into the antenna IN. (For QuattroS PCI-E card only one antenna lead is required for both DVB-T tuners, two leads is optional. Two LNB leads are required for the two F-Type DVB-S tuner connectors).

7. Connect the mains power cable, switch the power point on and turn the system on.


Digital Now wishes to thank Jeremy Barr, Kenneth Webb and David Ngo for their assistance in putting together and keeping up-to-date this Manual