Please read these instructions carefully before install your Digital Devices product.
To download the latest drivers and updated manuals check out our website www.digitaldevices.de.
For further contact details please browse to the end of this manual.
Note: We reserve the right for technical changes as well as changes in form, color and weight.
- Safety Instructions
- Product Features
- Technical Data
- Scope of Supply
- Connection diagram
- Driver Installation on Windows
- Driver Installation Linux
- Digital Devices Control Center
- Accessing the DD Control Center
- Signal setup
- Diagnostics and maintenance
- Software and applications
- Digital Devices TV
- Third party TV software providers
- Technical drawing
- Imprint & Contact
Safety instructions and hazard notices
You have purchased a product for installation in PC systems.
Please read the following safety instructions carefully to avoid damage to persons or the product during use. Also obey the instructions in your PC manual.
Please provide the manual to people who carry out an upgrade or upgrade (also in case of resale).
Important safety instructions
- Installation requires knowledge with PC systems and may only be carried out by experienced users and trained staff.
- Never allow children to play with electrical appliances. They can not recognize hazards.
Disconnect your PC from the power supply before doing any work, and then wait a few minutes for all components to cool down before performing any work. There is a risk of electric shock when connecting to the power supply, which can be fatal.
- The power plug must be accessible in order to allow disconnection from the power supply in case of danger.
- Never bridge connections in the system or the power supply fuse, as there is a risk of electric shock.
Hazard information to work on your PC
- Do not plug or unplug any cables when the PC is switched on (not even the antenna cable).
- You should statically discharge prior to any work, for example by touching a grounded object.
- Use only components and cables in perfect original condition. Defective devices and cables must be replaced.
- Use the card only at the intended connections (PCI Express or data port) and do not apply force during installation
- The card / module must not come into contact with moisture or chemical solvents. Cards / modules which come into contact with liquid are to be sorted out.
- On no account use tools (e.g. screwdrivers) to reach hardly accessible places in the PC. Power supplies carry voltage even after being switched off, therefore there is a risk of (lethal) electric shock.
- Small parts such as screws can cause short circuits and should therefore not be located inside the PC.
- Do not use the card / module and PC outdoors. Cables for indoor use must not be used outdoors.In the event of problems, defects or questions, please contact your supplier.
Disclaimer of liability
The following points will result in the loss of liability, guarantee and warranty claims:
- Use of defective or modified parts and cables. Or parts and cables which have come in contact with liquids
- Failure to comply to safety instructions or installation by non-qualified persons
- Use of non-approved replacement parts
Electromagnetic compatibility and disposal
- The guidelines for electromagnetic compatibility must be adhered to when connecting the TV card / module.
- Electrical components must be disposed properly and do not belong in the household refuse.
The Max A8i is a 8-tuner UHD/HD-TV-card, which allows hassle-free TV and radio reception according to the latest standards. Additional tuners and CI modules can be incorporated seamlessly due to Digital Devices' focus on modular design solutions.
Designed and produced in Germany in addition to proprietary support by the manufacturer ensure a continual advancement of many software products.
Particular emphasis has been placed on environmentally friendly Green IT with low energy consumption and without environmental hazardous components.
Technical Data Max A8i
- EAN: 4260217681201
- Part No.: 820019
- 8-tuner card for DVB-C2 and DVB-T2
- Single card application (standalone)
- No connection for expansion modules, extension via PCI Express possible
- Frequency range: 51-858 MHz
- All modulations and coderates according to DVB-C specification
- Symbolrates from 0,87 up to 6,9 MBaud
- Sensitivity: 47dbµV (64QAM), 47dbµV (256QAM)
- QAM: 16, 64, 256, 1024, 4096
- Code Rates: 2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10
- Guard Intervals: 1/64 and 1/128
- Channel bandwidths: 8 MHz and 6 MHz
- Data Slice Types: 1 & 2 supported
- Data Slice Width: up to 7.61 MHz
- Stream processor for automatic common-PLP and data-PLP combination
- FEC Header Type
- Robust mode
- High Efficiency mode
- Notch Support
- Narrowband and broadband notches
- Reception of narrow channels down to 2 MHz between broadband notches
- Time interleaving modes 4, 8 symbols and ,best fit'
- Frequency range: 49-861MHz, 2k&8k OFDM
- All modulations and coderates according to DVB-T and DVB-T2 specification
- Sensitivity: -83,0dBm at 16-QAM&3/4
- 6 MHz,7 MHz and 8 MHz BW support
- Excellent phase noise resistance
- Excellent multipath equalization performance
- Automatic detection of mode/guard interval lengths
- EWS (Emergency Warning System)
Unicable for DVB-C
- Master/Slave-Unicable System for DVB-C/T, one antenna cable supports all tuners
- IEC connector (input)
- 20-pin data connector for utilizing the Max SX8 with an Octopus Net.
- Sherlock connector facilitating power supply when used in an Octopus Net
- PCI Express
- H 104 mm, L 111 mm, D 15 mm
- PCIe compliant
- DVB-T2: 16,2 watts (worst case -80dBm QAM256 7/8)
- DVB-C: 13 watts
Notice: active cooling required, passive cooling is not enough
Supported operating systems
- Linux (Kernel 2.6 or higher)
- Microsoft Windows® XP(SP3), 7, 8, 8.1, 10; (32/64 Bit)
- Windows® Media Center compatible
- Dual Core Intel® oder AMD® CPU
- 512 MB RAM
- 1x free PCIe port (x1 to x16)
Enviroment and safety
- Manufactured and designed according to European ISO / DIN guidelines and environmental standards.
- RoHS compliant
- WEEE DE 99353762
Scope of Supply
- Max A8 PCI Express card
- Quick Install Guide (Print)
- Driver and manual (online)
Note: Make sure to follow the safety instructions in this manual and in the user manual of your PC.
- Carry out a backup prior to the installation process.
- Switch off the PC and disconnect the power supply. Now other external cables can be disconnected.
- Put the PC on a stable surface in order to access the backside easily.
- Wait a few minutes until all parts have cooled down before opening your PC and continuing the installation process.
Note: To prevent an electrical short circuit, newly acquired equipment and cards should not be put into operation until they have reached the surrounding temperature.
- Attach the slot bracket to the card or module if necessary and use the screws provided with the product.
Note: Depending on the measurements the card comes with two slot brackets (Full Profile and Low Profile). Slot brackets in various designs are available separately.
Installing the card
Note: Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) can damage internal components of the PC. Hence, you should discharge before working on the system, for example by touching a grounded object.
- Open the housing as described in the operating instructions of your PC.
- Locate a suitable PCIe slot and remove the slot cover.
- Keep the TV card at the slot bracket and plug it vertically into a free PCI Express slot (x1-x16) until the TV card is locked into place firmly. Be careful not to damage any surrounding components.
- Tighten the screws of the slot bracket until the card is fastened.
- (Optional, when using a Cine-S2): Connect the power connector to your power supply if your LNB requires that (> 5 watts of power consumption). LNBs with a power consumption of up to 20 Watts can be utilized.
- Close the housing
- Reconnect any disconnected cables
- Connect the antenna cable to an antenna input port of your TV card or to your tuner module
- Finally, connect the power cord to the PC and turn it on.
Connection diagram Max A8i
Driver installation on Windows PCs
Download the latest driver from https://digitaldevices.de/downloads/treiber/
Please note the release notes.
Drivers are available for the following versions of Windows:
- Microsoft WindowsÆ XP (SP3), 7, 8, 8.1, 10, in 32 and 64 bits
- Windows Media Center is fully supported.
Caution: When installing new drivers or programs, existing data can be overwritten or changed.
Hence, you should create a backup copy of your hard drive before proceeding with the installation.
Compensation claims for loss of data and resulting damages are excluded.
Note: For WindowsÆ XP, please log in with a user account which has been granted administrator rights.
- Start the setup program by (double) clicking the downloaded file: "DigitalDevices DVB Driver X.msi".
- Now please follow the instructions on the screen.
Note: If you select an installation directory other than the suggested installation directory, the DD Control Center for managing the cards and modules can only be accessed from the installation directory and not from the control panel.
- After completing the installation, restart the computer.
Note: The message "The driver to be installed has not passed the test..." is no indication for a malfunctioning driver, but rather for a missing Microsoft signature.
The error message can be ignored, thus clicking the "Next" button.
After successful driver installation, three new entries are displayed in the Windows device manager (In case of additional modules installed more entries may appear).
The following image is an example of WindowsÆ 10.
Driverinstallation on Linux
Current drivers are available here: https://github.com/DigitalDevices/dddvb/releases
In the following it is assumed Ubuntu/Debian, OpenSUSE, and Fedora Linux are being utilized. Other distributions may work in a similar way.
Installation of the components
sudo apt-get install mercurial build-essential libproc-processtable-perl linux-headers-$(uname –r)
sudo zypper install -t pattern devel_basis
sudo zypper install mercurial perl-Proc-ProcessTable kernel-devel kernel-source
sudo yum groupinstall "Development Tools" "Development Libraries"
sudo yum install mercurial perl-Proc-ProcessTable kernel-devel kernel-headers
Operation (execution in a console / terminal)
Execute the following commands in a console / terminal:
- Download and unzip the current dddvb drivers
sudo wget https://github.com/DigitalDevices/dddvb/archive/0.9.37.tar.gz
sudo tar -xf 0.9.37.tar.gz
- Build drivers
- Installing modules
sudo make install
- Specify the sequence for loading the modules
sudo mkdir -p /etc/depmod.d
echo 'search extra updates built-in' | sudo tee /etc/depmod.d/extra.conf
- Announce the new modules and their dependencies to the system
sudo depmod -a
- When using a Max S8/SX8/SX8 Basic, create the ddbridge.conf file
echo 'options ddbridge fmode=N' | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/ddbridge.conf
(Substitute X with mode of operation / fmode)
- Load driver
sudo modprobe ddbridge
Finally the PC should be restarted once.
*Note: If I2C timeouts occur, please disable MSI for ddbridge:
echo 'options ddbridge fmode=x msi=0' | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/ddbridge.conf
If the file /etc/modprobe.d/ddbridge.conf already exists (see point 6), then add the option "msi=0" to the line, for example
options ddbridge fmode=x msi=0
Operating modes for the Max S8/SX8/SX8 Basic:
fmode=0 4-tuner mode(Internal multiswitch deactivated)
fmode=1 Quad-LNB / normal outputs of the multiswitch
fmode=2 Quattro-LNB / cascade outputs of the multiswitch
fmode=3 Unicable or JESS LNB / Unicable-exit of the multiswitches
Digital Devices Control Center - Basic configuration
Version 3.1 (06 2020)
The Digital Devices Control Center is included in driver version 18.104.22.168 or higher and is used to manage Digital Devices DVB-products on Windows systems.Network tuner configurations can be set via WebInterface or Octopus Cast Tool.
Note: This manual describes the relevant points for your product. A detailed description can be found here:
The following settings and functions can be adjusted in the DD Control Center:
- Setting operating mode (Unicable® system)
- Assigning reception mode (DVB-S/S2 as well as T/T2 and C/C2)
- Hardware information and diagnostic capabilities (Tunerlog, signal strength, temperature)
- Assign tuner to CI (if available)
- Access to CAM menus (if available)
Accessing the DD Control Center
Since driver version 3 the DD Control Center is integrated into the Windows Start menu and can be accessed there (up to version 2 it was accessed via the control panel).
For certain functions (adjusting driver settings) it may be necessary to run the application as an administrator.
Connected hardware is displayed under Devices. For each base card, a menu item is created for selection.
If the card is equipped with expansion ports, those are displayed in the main screen, as well as the DuoFlex modules connected to them.
For diagnostic purposes, hardware data is available, which is presented in greater detail within the Diagnostics + maintenance section.
If installed cards or modules are not displayed properly, it must be checked whether they are connected correctly or not.
Signal setup DVB-C/DVB-T
Setting up reception mode(s)
By activating the checkboxes you can specify which type of reception is used and which type of tuner is displayed in the applications (for example "DVB-C").
Possible selections:- DVB-T- DVB-T2- DVB-C/C2- DVB-C/C2 WMC: (identifies tuner as DVB-S/S2 for use in the WindowsÆ Media Center)- ISDB-TSeveral options can be assigned to tuners for alternating use of different programs.
In the applications, all assigned tuners are displayed as a separate entry.
For example: Four tuners are assigned to DVB-C and DVB-T2. They are displayed four times as DVB-tuner in applications and four times as DVB-T2 tuner. Simultaneous usage is limited by the actual number of tuners, because multiple assignments do not increase the total number of tuners.
Sample application: Alternating utilization of the tuner in DVBViewerÆ (option "DVB-C/C2") and WindowsÆ Media Center (options DVB-C/C2 WMC).
Accessing a tuner that is already in use by another program is not possible. Depending on the application, there may appear messages like "no device available“.
Diagnostics and maintenance
The Digital Devices Control Center provides functions for diagnosis and maintenance of your cards and modules.
Show driver version (Homescreen)
The installed driver version is displayed in the homescreen.
To check if a newer version is available, please visit our download page https://digitaldevices.de/downloads/treiber/ .
Create tunerlog (Homescreen)
Creates a detailed event list of the last seven days about the installed cards and modules. The report shows the signal values and in case of problems facilitates assistance regarding the analysis. The created file is saved to the desktop.
Firmware Download (Homescreen)
Redirect to the download page for firmware updates
Firmware updates can be downloaded here and then installed by using the provided routine.
Under Devices a button Firmware Update is displayed for cards for which an update is available. This button starts the update process for the selected card. The update process can be carried out for several cards one after the other.
After installing all desired updates, the PC must be shut down, a simple restart is not enough. After the next start, the update is completed.
Note: No firmware updates are available for expansion modules
Detailed information about standard cards and extension modulesv (Menu Devices)
In the menu Devices a menu entry is displayed for each basic card.
If a selection is made in the menu, the main screen displays detailed information for the selected card and connected extensions:
- Serial number
- Firmware updates (if available)
Note: For the Octopus CI S2 (Pro and Advanced) and Octopus Duo CI, the bit rate of the CI can be adjusted here if decryption errors occur. See CI bit rate settings (Octopus CI S2 Pro and Octopus Duo CI) in chapter *CI Setup
Display signal values (Tuner menu)
In Tuner menu, a menu entry is displayed for each standard card and for each extension module.
If a selection is made in the menu, reception values (including signal quality) for the card or module are displayed.
Note: The signal values are only displayed during operation, so a TV application with a selected transmitter should be opened simultaneously.
If a CI is assigned to the selected card or extension module, this assignment will be displayed here.
Software and applications
The Digital Devices TV software is included in your TV card package and is compatible with various applications.
Digital Devices TV
We offer the tv software Digital Devices TV for download: Digital Devices – DD-TV Download
In addition to the internal DVB-S, DVB-C and DVB-C cards you can also integrate networks such as the Octopus NET.
The application manual is available from: DDTV-Handbuch
Third party TV software providers
The TV card supports many TV applications like Microsoft WindowsÆ MediaCenter 7/8, DVBViewer, Media Portal, Gen2VDR, MythTV Instructions for various applications are available on our website www.digital-devices.de.
Technical drawing Max A8
Digital Devices TV cards and modules can be expanded and combined easily thanks to the modular design of Digital Devices solutions.
Each DuoFlex module can be connected to any TV card or bridge via an expansion connector. Even cards without expansion connectors can be integrated since the PCIe system bus is able to establish a connection. In either case additional modules are seamlessly integrated into the Digital Devices Control Center.
Utilization of a Common Interface module with the Max M4/S8/SX8/A8
The Digital Devices Max DVB card can also incorporate a Digital Devices CI module.
The following CIs are approved:
- Digital Devices Octopus Single CI (1x CI Slot)
- Digital Devices Octopus Twin CI (2x CI Slot)
The CI requires an additional PCIe slot.
Note: Digital Devices Max M4/S8/SX8/A8 TV cards are equipped with a 20 pin header. This port is not designed for connecting expansion modules such as the Digital Devices Flex CI or Digital Devices DuoFlex Tuner expansion modules.
Exclusively for WindowsÆ a CI module MTD feature is offered, however limited to 4 tuners per CI slot for the Max series (M4/S8/SX8/A8).
Please consider the following advice, once a problem regarding your card occurs. Please access our knowledge base for more information and assistance at: http://support.digital-devices.de/
Basic prerequisites / testing for errors
Turn off the PC and disconnect the power cord before carrying out any checks.
Now perform the following checks:
- Are all cables and connectors properly connected?
- Is the card firmly plugged into the PCIe slot?
- If the card is not recognized by the system, please try another PCI Express slot. Since some motherboards don't recognize cards plugged into a PCIe X16 slot properly. Utilizing the X4 or X1 slot should be considered.
- Make sure using original equipment only. Do not interchange cables from different devices, even though they appear identical. They may differ in pin configuration.
- Does the antenna provide adequate antenna power?
- Make sure to implement a minimum distance of one meter to high-frequency and magnetic interference sources (TV set, mobile phone, speaker boxes, etc.).
- Turn the PC back on and carry out the following checks:
- Does the card show up in the device manager or in case of a Windows PC in the Digital Devices control Center?
- Inside BIOS, "PCI Express overclocking" should be set to 100 and not into "auto" mode.
- Does the DD Control Center or your application display a signal?
- Does the problem occur in one application only? Try it out in Digital Devices TV as well.
- Is the installed driver up-to-date? Does the problem still occur when a different one is used?
- Did you install the required codecs for playback on your system? Disable DXVA if block graphics occur with HD stations.
DVB-C specific tests
Is a signal detectable at the connector and is the signal unencrypted? Many provider utilize basic encryption, which makes a CI module with CAM mandatory for many stations.
- Can you watch the channels with other devices?
- Can you watch the television program of public broadcasters, which tend to be transmitted without encryption.
Imprint & Contact
Product support and advice
Phone: +49 (0)2065 - 6989930 (Mon-Thu 09:00 - 18:00, Fri 09:00-17:00)
Inquiries from OEM and industrial customers
Digital Devices GmbH
D-12529 Berlin Schönefeld
Phone: +49 (0)7503 – 9300-0
Company registration number: HRB 14007 CB in Cottbus
VAT Id No.: DE 266 587 135
Inquiries from distributors, retailers and end users
Digital Devices Distribution GmbH
An der Geis 67
Phone: +49 (0)2065 – 6989930
Company registration number: HRB 21725 in Duisburg
VAT Id No.: DE 269 963 931
Digital Devices Produktportfolio
Digital Devices is one of the leading system suppliers for a wide range of network products with focus on broadcast technology.
The Portfolio reaches from modular DVB components over network solutions up to individual developments.
All products are manufactured and designed according to European ISO / DIN guidelines and environmental standards.
For more information oder suggestions please contact under the mentioned contact details.
Explore the world of Digital Devices at www.digitaldevices.de.