The next vbox

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The next vbox

Post by pastimer » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:29 am

The next vbox would have:

- Gb lan
- 4 tuners (either 3 dvb-s or dvb-c and one dvb-t)
- have support for DAB+ in the dvb-t tuner
- have more memory
- have a better processor
- have better software for managing channels (like ability to not register encrypted channels at all)
C'mon vbox. This is a good product. But it's outdated now. Time for something better and with beter specs!


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Re: The next vbox

Post by admin@vbox » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:37 am

you can expect more surprises on our pipeline for our new 4th Gen to come

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Re: The next vbox

Post by Ant » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:32 pm

admin@vbox wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:37 am
you can expect more surprises on our pipeline for our new 4th Gen to come
This year?
Maybe at black friday?

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Re: The next vbox

Post by beeka » Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:07 pm

The next box needs improved software. The hardware is not the 'added value' when a Raspberry pi with a single tuner costs £30 (see the TV HAT

The current software is reasonable, for a techie, but has some rough edges and development is very slow: I was hoping for some of the suggestions to be implemented. Ideally my wife would like an interface as simple to use as the Sky TV app: it isn't used for watching a program but can browse tv listings, set + manage recordings, series link "just works". The playback experience needs to be good as well (she likes the picture preview when fast-forwarding, e.g. through adverts). It should be possible to have a pretty interface to manage the recordings and control playback to something like chromecast, which is being built into all kinds of devices now.

I bought a Vbox in the hope that it could replace Sky+, but it isn't quite there yet. Fingers crossed the next one comes with software that also improves the current ones.

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Re: The next vbox

Post by Branksome27 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:14 pm

What any new VBOX needs to focus on is, in my opinion, reliability. I don't have confidence that every programme I want to record will be recorded because not every programme scheduled is recorded.. True to say that most programmes will be recorded, but in every week there will be at least one that fails. I then reboot VBOX but when I reboot, it fails to reconnect to my Synology NAS drive because it appears to have not kept the password. I then have to manually renter the password only to find that is has lost all recording schedules

Testing has shown it has no problem recording 4 programmes simultaneously including HD programmes onto my NAS drive,. It addition I can be playing back directly from the NAS drive another HD programme. And yet, when all is quiet and all it has to do is record one programme, it can fail to do so. Sometimes it will just record the first few seconds and then stop

This is probably connected with another problem where it can fail to stream a particular channel. VBOX has to be rebooted to resume all services.

For UK users, getting an epg can be a problem. I have a PC program that produces daily an XML file from terrestrial TV. Whilst my VBOX is satellite based, most of the channels are the same. But I cannot load the XML file into VBOX. It fails every time with some error. But I can load it into Kodi running on a Raspberry Pi 3. So this is another VBOX problem.

However, not having the epg on VBOX means that recorded programmes don't have any of the text data from the epg.

To fill in the gaps, I have tried setting VBOX to at least pick up Now and Next. But the box is plainly stressed in this mode and within 24 hours things will start to fail so it has to be rebooted daily which is not acceptable

I have a 4 tuner satellite VBOX (single unicable) with up-to-date software

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