How are others using their vbox's?

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Simon123
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How are others using their vbox's?

Post by Simon123 » 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

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admin@vbox
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Re: How are others using their vbox's?

Post by admin@vbox » Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:32 pm

Hi please try the updated Vbox application,

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Re: How are others using their vbox's?

Post by Ant » Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:29 pm

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.

cubimol
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Re: How are others using their vbox's?

Post by cubimol » Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:40 pm

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
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