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Posted on: Jul 30 2017, 07:12 AM


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If anyone is still reading dvbowners...

With the removal of the freeview MHEG program guide from the broadcasts I've setup a homebrew XMLTV generator on my RPI to provide data for a friend. It's very much a test thing, it may eat your homework, it may elope with your daughter, it could even cause the breakup of the EU. I you'd like to give it a go, please post here. The XML will be updated once a day (the underlying data I'm using as a source is updated every two hours, but I don't want to hammer it). All I'll need is your town + state so I know what broadcasts are in your area. If the script turns out to be workable I'll publish it here so people can run it themselves to produce the XML locally.
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Posted on: May 26 2017, 04:39 AM


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Wel, to be brutally honest, unless the content is uniquely only available via what ever service you are using via the ATV you may find there are better ways to do the PVR thing rather than going to the trouble of manually playing, recording, editing, encoding etc.

Assuming you are using a pay for access service on the ATV, keep the subscription going if it makes you feel better about piracy (the content providers would consider recording their content piracy in most instances), but also setup a usenet (news) download system and let it do all the heavy lifting for you.

I have a 12/7 (12pm - 12pm our time) extremeusenet.nl account for $2.80 / month and 12 month access to nzbplanet.net for $1/month. On top of that I use nzbget and sonarr on my raspberry Pi. They have a list of shows I'm interested in after that I would previously have recorded like you are trying to do from Austar (now Foxtel) and fetch new episodes as they become available automatically. The software is also available for Windows (x86) machines. My Foxtel box now sits largely unused.

extremeusenet and nzbplanet both have trial periods so you can test the water before deciding to dive in.
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Posted on: May 25 2017, 08:35 PM


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QUOTE (therat @ May 24 2017, 08:56 PM) *
Any suggestions on a reliable screen capture program? VLC is the only one I can find that might work. Still have to try it first.


I've grabbed SD analogue via a DV bridge for many moons and largely side stepped all the problems with video capture and Windows as a result. In the late 90s I did have a Matrox card and went through many programs trying to find decent software but never really did. I guess it comes down to what you are trying to do, ie why capture the ATV's output.

www.videohelp.com has a list of capture programs that may do a good job of screen capture. From what I can tell though, the HDMI in is not accessible from the PC. All it does is let you use the display as a monitor / speakers.


If archive / recode is the game virtualdub (or one of the derivatives) is probably still worth looking at for a captre device.

Perhaps a so called 'dvb-t modulator' might be the way to go. HDMI in, RF out suitable for stream dumping via a USB dvb-t receiver like any other broadcast. There's a whole slew of HDMI standalone capture boxes too that write to USB fllash / HDD / etc.

ebay, search 'dvb-t modulator' as well as 'hdmi capture' returns a range of devices / prices. Picture Quality unknown though.
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Posted on: May 24 2017, 09:32 AM


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Not directly answering your question, but a few things to consider...

Is it really an 'in' port, ie it's a capture card, or is it a port that allows you to display an external HDMI source on the computer's monitor. Several all-in-one style computers have this option but you can't capture with it, nor do anything else with either.

The next stumbling point would be HDCP. Apple TV players support HDCP on the output. I'm not sure if its forced on for all content, or just content that specifically requests it. Pretty much all capture devices do not support HDCP so you may find that, even if the port is a capture port, you will need additional hardware to strip the HDCP. Such items are fairly readily available - ebay search for a HDMI splitter box and then Google search to see if it is also a HDCP stripper.

Now for the actual question...

If it is a capture port and presents itself as if it were an analogue capture card, I can't see why DNTV's analogue capture support wouldn't work, if you have all the requisite MPEG2 encoders etc installed. Crank up virtualdub in capture mode and see if it can connect to the HDMI capture device and display a picture. If it can there's, IMO, a pretty good chance DNTV will work too.
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Posted on: Jan 2 2017, 08:46 PM


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I'm pretty sure that so long as you have a DNTV device of some description in your PC you can then use any additional DVB device you care to mention with DNTV scheduler. I'm also pretty sure there is an optional licence to allow DNTV scheduler to work with any DVB device even if there isn't a DNTV device installed.

I don't think this should be a limitation for you as TV Scheduler Pro and DV Scheduler are both free to use. DV Scheduler has extensive EPG collection abilities integrated and many EPG configuration options which is really. IMO, all DNTV Scheduler has over TV Scheduler Pro.
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Posted on: Dec 31 2016, 10:03 AM


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I have a battle worn Hauppauge WinTV based on the 7164. The RF input socket was broken a long time ago so I soldered on a pigtail with a 'PAL' plug (not a socket). All the usual caveats apply for a 7164 based device - can be picky as to which PCIe slot it works properly in. Some slots it just won't appear and others it will work but can be flakey. Once a slot the card is happy with can be found it'll work reliably. The Hauppauge also has analogue in but very little software ever took advantage of the onboard mpeg/2 encoders and they were pretty crap anyway.

Let me know if you are interested.

As an alternative, have you thought about some cheap ebay tuners? I bought a batch to play with SDR a while back and they work fine for DVB-t too when given a signal level they are happy with. Windows 10's driver update must be disabled or it'll install an incompatible driver.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Lastest-USB-DVB...C-/141519578920
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Posted on: Dec 31 2016, 09:58 AM


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The Windows 7 drivers should work OK. I've used, and still am using, the 2004 (ie XP era!) drivers for the tinyusb (twinhan beetle) on Windows 10 with a fair degree of success. The driver does occasionally puke when coming out of hibernate if the tuners have had power removed from them, possibly it doesn't properly account for having to do a full cold restart of the device.
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Posted on: Dec 11 2016, 07:22 PM


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I've noticed the URL is returning an error again whilst poking around EPG data from certain web sites.

If anyone is interested in a roll your own guide it's fairly easy to pull the data from the freeview web site now that they've rejigged it (yet again). Basically you can can pull an XML file (not in xmltv format) for each channel in a given area building the file name by combining the DVB network ID, transport stream ID and program (channel) ID. This information cab be readily harvested from say a DVB channel scan with a PC or by viewing the freeview website epg pages with the web browsers debug console open. The xml file includes program times, titles, episode titles, brief summary, series and episode numbers and crid information too and is fairly easy to sift and generate a very useful xmltv file from. I've done up a hack script for my own use but if you ask nicely CALVI might write up something more user friendly for people to download and run on their own PCs directly.

Heck, if it comes to it I could probably do up a script to run daily on my raspberry pi and upload the xmltv file to somewhere for people to download.

CODE
101309200938
NID TSIDPID


http://www.freeview.com.au/XML/new_XML/101309200938 = RACING.COM guide data for Mackay QLD

A HTTP head get can be done against the files to see if they have changed since the last fetch to lessen the load on their server.

snippet of xml returned from the site

CODE
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
    <listings xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="Freeview-HWW.xsd" creation_time="2016-12-11T19:04:13">
        <service service_name="9Gem" network_name="SCA" default_authority="crid://mackay.2.sca.au" service_group="SCA" hww_id="406568" affiliate_id="GEM" service_type="TV">
            <schedule>
                <programme genre="Comedy" subgenre=""  classification="(PG)" program_type="series">
                    <title>Are You Being Served?</title>
                    <synopsis>Ordered to cooperate in the store&apos;s German themed week, the Grace Brothers&apos; staff try to find a way to get into the Teutonic spirit.</synopsis>
                    <program_id>159723</program_id>
                    <event_id>82200355</event_id>
                    <crid crid_type="programme" crid_value="/15888D3_5"></crid>
                    <date_time_duration date_time_value="2016-12-10T14:05:00Z" duration="00:45"></date_time_duration>
                    <series episode_number="6" season_number="3">
                        <title>Are You Being Served?</title>
                        <episode_title>German Week</episode_title>
                        <synopsis></synopsis>
                        <crid crid_type="series" crid_value="/15888"></crid>
                    </series>
                    <media>
                        <filename>420321_9gem_16x9.png</filename>
                    </media>
                    <highlight dont_miss="false" coming_up="false" catch_up="false" />
                    <blackout></blackout>
                    <catch_up>
                        <link type="HbbTV"></link>
                    </catch_up>
                    <cast>Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton</cast>
                </programme>
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Posted on: Nov 25 2016, 09:01 AM


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Maybe a U4 Quad will do it all. There's a thread on Austech about it.
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Posted on: Nov 21 2016, 04:50 PM


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If you look at the menu bar in device manager, click View, then Devices by Connection and that will reorder the tree so you can see the way devices are related.
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Posted on: Nov 20 2016, 07:08 AM


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Make sure the tuner is connected to a USB2 controller rather than a USB3 one. This doesn't mean a USB2 port off a USB3 controller either, it must be an actual USB2 controller. Many of the drivers for USB tuners have problems with the new USB3 driver stack that is in Windows 10 causing problems like you are experiencing and even causing Windows to BSOD. If you have no choice but to use a USB3 controller, and you have an Intel USB3 controller, it is possible to hack Intel's Windows 7 driver installation files to allow them to be installed on Windows 10, but IMO this is a poor choice and also require Windows 10's driver updates to be turned off.

It may also be that Windows 10 has done its thing and installed an incorrect driver for the tuner behind your back. Turn Windows 10's driver updates off (see here) then re-install the Tinytwin's drivers and verify that the correct version is shown in the tuner's properties via device manager.
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Posted on: Nov 13 2016, 05:46 PM


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I did have a quad (one of the pre-release eval cards) working fine under Windows 10 (original release) some time ago until I accidentally killed the card.

All things considered, apart from Windows 10's recent habit of replacing drivers as per previous post which may not even be a problem with the quad if Renura has submitted the driver and dev ids to Microsoft, I can't see why there would be any problems. Even my very old (2007 or earlier) tiny USB (twinhan beetles) still work using drivers that came out before Windows 7 existed provided they are connected to USB2 controllers. Since the quad has the USB2 interface built in even this won't be an issue.

I think the only show-stopper with Windows 10 and old drivers, is unsigned drivers (the quad's are signed) can no longer be loaded in clean installs of Windows 10 aniversay edition, if the PC is configured for UEFI secure boot.
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Posted on: Nov 1 2016, 09:52 AM


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I don't know about this tuner specifically but with the was USB device IDs work Windows 10 will often try to install what it thinks is the right driver during a Windows update often causing things to fail. There are various ways to prevent Windows 10 from doing this but a nice easy way is to use regedit and manually turn the feature off.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DriverSearching. Create a value SearchOrderConfig (dword) and set it or update if already existing to 0.

Then you can install the DNTV driver and Windows won't try to change it later
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Posted on: Aug 8 2016, 05:15 AM


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The cards will continue to receive 7's and 9's broadcast without problems, the software is what is letting you down. Fortunately there are alternatives out there, and free at that. Take a look at SichboPVR and ProgDVB to name just two.
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Posted on: Jun 1 2016, 05:27 PM


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Not an avermedia I know, but I've recently bought 5 realtek RTL2832 based tuners off ebay for a SDR project for $11 a pop, delivered. They work fine for DVB-t too. Under Windows 10 I had to disable Windows 10's driver update as it was installing some junk from 2009, but that aside they all work well. As a bonus they have built in support in most linux distributions too. Although I haven't tested it, they probably require to be run on USB2 ports (not just a usb2 hub) to avoid USB related driver problems under Windows 8 and 10.

As with most tuners signal level is important. Too little, dropouts. Too much, dropouts too. Under linux tzap let me monitor the devices reported signal quality level while I tweaked the signal level reaching them to get the optimal results.
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Posted on: Dec 24 2015, 04:54 PM


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Cheers!

Don't forget to watch WIN's special presentation of Silent Night, commencing Jan 1st 2016.
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Posted on: Dec 8 2015, 10:54 AM


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The tuner itself doesn't care. To it it's all just transport stream packets. The software on the other hand is where all the heavy lifting is done and it will care. At worst to record 9HD you would have to use 3rd party software such as tv scheduler pro.
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Posted on: Sep 14 2015, 12:23 PM


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QUOTE (frednerk33 @ Sep 13 2015, 10:55 AM) *
Nice find. Can't seem to find the manufacturer website. Found a US site which looked similar but it didn't list that model.

edit: the site appears to be http://www.tbsdtv.com/ but it still doesn't list the product nor any dvb-T/T2 PCIe cards sad.gif


Like most of these S.E.A. manufacturer sites they pretty much never get it right. They have a quad ATSC card too, but good luck finding it on there. You can find the 4 tuner DVBT2/t card for sale in the UK, and probably ebay too.
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Posted on: Sep 13 2015, 08:17 AM


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QUOTE (frednerk33 @ Sep 12 2015, 06:24 PM) *
Does anyone know if "DNTV Dual Hybrid (7164) PCIe" is a rebranded card ? If so what is it ?


It will be something else rebranded for sure, but what I'm not sure. If you are after an alternate source of drivers you can usually turn up something by plugging the PCI vendor and device IDs (from device manager in Windows) into www.pcidatabase.com

On a slightly different tilt, I turned up this while searching for something that looked like the DNTV card. 4 x DVB-T2/T tuners on a single PCIe card.
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Posted on: Aug 10 2015, 03:20 PM


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My ancient tiny USB 2 tuners work under Windows 10 64 bit with the same caveats as Win 8 64 bit; disable driver signing while installing the driver; they must be run via a USB2 controller; even then the driver has a habit of occasionally BSODing the system upon wake from hibernate; wake from suspend is pretty much guaranteed BSOD.
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Posted on: Jul 26 2015, 05:36 PM


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Mini PCs are also making their inroads. A device with 4 (or perhaps 6 if you're a real TV freak) tuners would be a boon for them.

Given how long a decent tuner can last (although FTA TV isn't my game these days I still have the two tiny-USB2, ie 4 tuners, hooked up to the PC I am using now and they all work correctly) DVB-T2 wouldn't be a bad option either, just in case one day Australia heads that way. I'm not sure what sort of compatibility issues there would be with a T2 tuner and today's T only software such as tv scheduler pro.
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Posted on: Feb 21 2015, 06:17 PM


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Good luck if he announces it here, no one is likely to see it in all the mountains of spam.
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Posted on: Jan 30 2015, 05:11 PM


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9926 is a bit of a dud IMO. Boot times got longer too. I'll try a clean install and see if I can replicate your problems.
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Posted on: Jan 23 2015, 06:17 PM


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FWIW I have WS working under Windows 10 without any problems.
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java 8 (probably 7 too) adds itself to the system path. It should be possible to reduce the line to:

wrapper.java.command=java

At least that's what mine has been set to for quite some time now. That might be why I've had so little trouble over the years.
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