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How are others using their vbox's?

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:52 am
by Simon123
I am intrigued to know how others are using their vbox's as I find knowing things like this can increase my usage of it. Here is my usage:

Currently I have a Plex server and have the Vbox setup in Plex for watching live TV and recording programmes. I use the Plex DVR to record shows onto the hard drive in my Plex server. Unfortunately this is not proving very reliable as I get lots of failed recordings as the Plex server seems to struggle to connect to the Vbox (sometimes the vbox streamer service just crashes other times I dont know what is the cause). So basically it has a fantastic interface but poor reliability and a little costly at £4 a month.

Previously I used the Vbox Android Apps to set recordings up onto a hard drive attached to the vbox, these recordings were more reliable but the apps keep crashing and are not very nice to use. This has good reliability and doesnt cost anything extra but a very poor interface.

I am still struggling to find a reliable way of doing recordings that has a nice interface and is reliable enough.

How do others use their vbox?

Thanks,
Simon

Re: How are others using their vbox's?

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:32 pm
by admin@vbox
Hi please try the updated Vbox application,

Re: How are others using their vbox's?

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:29 pm
by Ant
Simon123 wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:52 am
Previously I used the Vbox Android Apps to set recordings up onto a hard drive attached to the vbox, these recordings were more reliable but the apps keep crashing and are not very nice to use. This has good reliability and doesnt cost anything extra but a very poor interface.
Try alternative app:
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=525

In my case, device works with usb drive attached to terrestrial antenna.
There 2 use cases:
Livetv:
Hardware media players and tv using their dlna client.
Mobile devices used vlc media player and bubbleupnp+default players.

Recordings:
Using alternative app from this forum topic to set recordings and using mostly dlna for watching.

I was trying plex 1.14.1 but there was few problems:
I cant set it use epg programs from vbox directly.
CPU usage was very big for my nettop pc and i can't change it or fix it.

Re: How are others using their vbox's?

Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:40 pm
by cubimol
Simon123 wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:52 am
I am intrigued to know how others are using their vbox's as I find knowing things like this can increase my usage of it. Here is my usage:

Currently I have a Plex server and have the Vbox setup in Plex for watching live TV and recording programmes. I use the Plex DVR to record shows onto the hard drive in my Plex server. Unfortunately this is not proving very reliable as I get lots of failed recordings as the Plex server seems to struggle to connect to the Vbox (sometimes the vbox streamer service just crashes other times I dont know what is the cause). So basically it has a fantastic interface but poor reliability and a little costly at £4 a month.

Previously I used the Vbox Android Apps to set recordings up onto a hard drive attached to the vbox, these recordings were more reliable but the apps keep crashing and are not very nice to use. This has good reliability and doesnt cost anything extra but a very poor interface.

I am still struggling to find a reliable way of doing recordings that has a nice interface and is reliable enough.

How do others use their vbox?

Thanks,
Simon
For many months now I have been using CoreELEC on a simple TV Box S912. CoreELEC is completely free, and the use as a TV and multimedia server is fantastic. The TV server inside CoreELEC is tvheadend and is connected to XTi 3442 (2xDVB-T/T2) using the m3u playlist, it is also connected to a SAT>IP server DIGIBIT R1 (4xDVB-S/S2) which is recognized by tvheadend without problems, tvheadend also decrypts the encoded channels through the OScam server, and of the recordings and time shifting. All my multimedia library is mounted on linux directories within CoreELEC although it is physically on remote hard disks. CoreELEC also carries a remote access SSH, SFTP and Samba server. To monitor the operation of CoreELEC via web I use the free entware netdata server. To access CoreELEC (TV and multimedia) remotely and safely from the internet, I use the free point-to-point VPN entware zerotier server within CoreELEC.

How to use CoreELEC in local mode? Through Kodi that is included within CoreELEC.

How to use CoreELEC in remote mode at home? The easiest way is through a remote Kodi installed on the remote Android TV Box or PC.

How to use CoreELEC in remote mode from the internet? The answer is the same but now it is necessary to activate the zerotier point-to-point VPN connection on the remote Android TV Box or PC. There is no need to change any settings in the remote Kodi.

What problems does CoreELEC have? It is necessary to learn some linux to use the SSH server, to mount the multimedia libraries (it's easy), to automatically load the epg guides (it's easy), to configure the tvheadend server (it's easy), and to configure the decryption server OScam. It is also necessary to learn how to configure zerotier point-to-point VPN (it's easy).

Note.- CoreELEC also allows to connect more USB tuners and more SAT>IP tuners, and to serve more than four HD TV clients simultaneously even from a simple and cheap android TV Box S912. If you require a more powerful hardware that allows transcoding and more clients then you have to think of a PC with an Intel or AMD processor with LibreELEC. The electrical consumption will be multiplied by 10 or more. The main difference between CoreELEC and LibreELEC is that CoreELEC is for devices with Amlogic processor, and LibreELEC is for devices with Intel, AMD and others.

Re: How are others using their vbox's?

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:57 pm
by JonBest
Old thread I know but the best way i've found to use the VBox is with Emby (Plex Alternative).

Been using it for over a year in this manner. If you sign up to Emby Premiere you get a rich EPG to use & I don't have an issue with recordings etc (saved to my Qnap NAS). I can also use the Emby parental controls to only show channels I want to kids to see on their devices etc.

The official VBox apps are utter garbage & thats being kind. Emby is the only reason I still use the VBox at all......

Re: How are others using their vbox's?

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:32 am
by Simon123
I wasn't aware that vbox supported emby, how did you set it up?

What about Jellyfin? It is a fork of emby that is free, have you tried it?

Thanks
Simon

Re: How are others using their vbox's?

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:14 pm
by JonBest
I've never used Jellyfin i'm afraid, only Emby.

It was easy to be honest, but you do need Emby Premiere.

On the VBox go to "Streaming", then IPTV. Copy the M3u8 url into your browser & save the file (M3u probably works just as well).

Now in Emby go to Server Settings & Live TV. Click the + to add a TV Source. For "Type" choose "M3U Tuner" & point it to the file you downloaded.

Now go to "Tv Guide Data Providers". I used to use Schedules Direct but now Emby provides the data also for free (with premiere). Once you've matched up the channels to the guide data hit save & its done :)

I was really surprised Plex didn't offer a similar method tbh. Has worked perfectly for me for well over a year now.

Hope this helps