Freesat EPG, channel icons, channel sorting

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Freesat EPG, channel icons, channel sorting

Post by Zilog » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:34 pm

Hi there,

1st time poster. Received VBox XTi 3340 for Christmas. Have been using MediaPortal TVServer running on a PC for years, but would like to decommission it. The VBox could be ideal, but running into some hiccups; perhaps someone can help:
  • Although specs say the VBox is dual tuner DVB/S2 and single tuner T2, it appears one tuner only is S2, the other one is S. HD channels require S2, making this effectively a single satellite tuner.
  • Saorview TV guide is downloaded OK over the air, but it appears the Freesat TV guide cannot be collected, is this correct? Previously on MediaPortal I was using 'EPGcollector' program to download the OTA Freesat guide. On the VBox it looks like an XMLTV feed is required for full listings.
  • Channel icons. I have uploaded onto USB drive 'icons' folder, but the VBox does not automatically associate with channel name, each needs to be (slowly) manually associated. Am I missing something here? Kodi can associate all right, but then I need some other external storage to hold the icons.
    Perhaps the VBox can operate as a NAS and I can point the Kodi to the VBox icons folder?
  • On my Windows 10 PC, when using the VBox Kodi plugin, it crashes during EPG download from the VBox. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling Kodi and VBox plugin several times, including deleting the Kodi 'userdata' folder in case any files were corrupted, without success. Admittedly I have not tried on my FireTVs Kodi as don't want to break TV watching for the rest of the family until I have something working!
  • Channel organisation on the VBox through the web interface is virtually impossible it is so slow. Is there any quicker way to organise channels?
I'm not new to this stuff, using network PVR solutions (Windows PC) since early 2000's, just wanted to downsize and simplify my setup.
I really want the VBox to work, but configuring and setting up is a real chore; organising channels is so slow it is unbearable.

Compare with cheap Linux Revolver F1 which I bought and set up for my folks. Within a couple of hours full EPG, including channel icons, sorted into Freesat order automatically, with Saorview channels too. Ability to watch over network using Enigma2 plugin on Kodi, with EPG. Also 2 genuine DVB/S2 tuners and one DVB/T2 tuner. Web interface also for (quick!) favourites sorting.

Am I missing something? Be grateful for some advice and setup direction. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Freesat EPG, channel icons, channel sorting

Post by admin@vbox » Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:58 am

Although specs say the VBox is dual tuner DVB/S2 and single tuner T2, it appears one tuner only is S2, the other one is S. HD channels require S2, making this effectively a single satellite tuner.
The XTi-3340 has 1xDVB-S2 + 1xDVB-S + 2xDVB-T2 - can you please let me know where did you see the wrong spec? we'd like to correct this error

Saorview TV guide is downloaded OK over the air, but it appears the Freesat TV guide cannot be collected, is this correct? Previously on MediaPortal I was using 'EPGcollector' program to download the OTA Freesat guide. On the VBox it looks like an XMLTV feed is required for full listings.
Unfortunately - the VBox guide from either OTA or XMLTV, we currently do not have support for mixed sources, however it is a good idea In fact, we already have this in our development pipeline as it was suggested before as well. The more times an item is mentioned by our users the higher we prioritize it and the faster we will get it done - so this just got upvoted.

Therefore you will have to create a full Saotview + Freesat XMLTV file, you can still use EPG collector, or any other guide source for that
Channel icons. I have uploaded onto USB drive 'icons' folder, but the VBox does not automatically associate with channel name, each needs to be (slowly) manually associated. Am I missing something here? Kodi can associate all right, but then I need some other external storage to hold the icons.
We currently do not have icon name matching and you need to only manually configure the icons once,
Perhaps the VBox can operate as a NAS and I can point the Kodi to the VBox icons folder?
Unfortunately we do not support file management
On my Windows 10 PC, when using the VBox Kodi plugin, it crashes during EPG download from the VBox. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling Kodi and VBox plugin several times, including deleting the Kodi 'userdata' folder in case any files were corrupted, without success. Admittedly I have not tried on my FireTVs Kodi as don't want to break TV watching for the rest of the family until I have something working!
Can you please try the VBox live TV app for Win 10 you can download it from the MS store,
As to kodi - I suggest to try the following in order to isolate the issue
1. try to set the VBox to OTA guide (you will not have the Freesat guide) see if it loads OK
2. Try to set the VBox to XMLTV guide (you will not have the Saorview guide) see if it loads OK
- If the issue is in the xMLTV guide - try to upload it directly to Kodi - you can do this in the EPG tab on the VBox PVR addon
Channel organisation on the VBox through the web interface is virtually impossible it is so slow. Is there any quicker way to organise channels?
There are multiple options to sort the channels
1. Using the drop down menu next to each channel you can set its location
2. You can change the channel number - and then set sort channels by LCN
3. using the arrows you can move the channel up and down (but this does takes ages)

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