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Open Source TBS6980/1 driver (4 comments)

Added by Adam Sutton over 3 years ago

As a result of being rather fed up with the poor performance of his TBS6981, particularly since upgrading to TVH 3.4, Luis Alves decided to take it upon himself to investigate.

He set about writing his own version of the drivers, based on analysis of the TBS drivers and using an existing OSS driver (with similar demod chip) as a reference. He has now completed this driver and the result of his analysis is that the TBS driver has some fundamental issues that make failures very likely.

His driver is now complete and relatively easy to install (you do still need to extract firmware from the official drivers, but instructions to do this are provided). In addition to this he's also hoping to write a driver for the 6984 which shares the same demod chip. He also hopes to get the driver submitted upstream so that it becomes a standard part of the Linux kernel. See his github wiki.

We would strongly recommend that all users of the 6980/1 switch to this driver ASAP.

For those that are interested, we have been trying to have a dialog with TBS's driver maintainer, unfortunately the results so far have not been great. You can read the current state of things on the Tvheadend blog

The Tvheadend Team

Tvheadend 3.4.27 (5 comments)

Added by Adam Sutton over 3 years ago

This is a patch release for the 3.4 series. It includes some important fixes for memleaks and service discovery.

We would strongly urge all 3.4 users to upgrade immediately.

Tvheadend Team

TvhClient (iPhone app) (1 comment)

Added by Adam Sutton over 3 years ago

TvhClient, an iPhone app for controlling Tvheadend, has been released.

This has been written by Tvheadend user Luís Fernandes (aka zipleen). He has put some information on his blog.

I suggest that all you unfortunate folks that have been lumbered with an iOS enabled device (rather the clearly superior Android OS) download this from iTunes now!

You can also get source code from Luís' github account.

Tvheadend Team
(with a little personal bias from me ;) )

P.S.
And while we strongly support such user developed applications, please direct your wrath at the author should there be any issues (who will of course re-direct at us should Tvheadend be to blame).

Tvheadend Twitter

Added by Adam Sutton almost 4 years ago

I've decided to join the 21st centry and create a twitter account for Tvheadend. I might even start using it myself!

No idea what will end up being posted, but we'll see... Anyway find at http://twitter.com/tvheadend

Adam

Tvheadend 3.4 (2 comments)

Added by Adam Sutton almost 4 years ago

We're pleased to announce that Tvheadend 3.4 has now been officially released.

For details on where to get the latest packages (or source) please visit the Download page. You can also find more information about some of the changes here.

We'd like to thank all those that have helped during the beta testing. And all our users for being patient, its been a long time coming.

Tvheadend Team

TVHGuide now in Play Store (1 comment)

Added by Adam Sutton almost 4 years ago

TVHGuide (the official Tvheadend Android app) developed by team member John Tornblom is now in the official Play Store and can be downloaded directly from there.

Hopefully you'll all rush over there and grab yourself a copy, and then start bombarding John with plenty of feature requests (looks like my own request has already been added).

Regards
Tvheadend Team

Tvheadend has moved

Added by Adam Sutton almost 4 years ago

Hopefully many of you will have already noticed that Tvheadend has moved home. Thanks to a generous Donation from a user, we now have an upgraded hosting capability, and given the recent growth in Tvheadend made the decision to migrate the project to its own domain (https://tvheadend.org).

For the most part this should not affect you guys, although some people may still be getting lost at https://www.lonelycoder.com as not everything can be auto-redirected. Should you happen to be over there and see some lost souls wandering around please do point them in the right direction!

The one thing that has changed is we will now be hosting our own apt repository (launchpad was pissing us off! We may even eventually extend to other package systems, but not yet). For more details about using the new repository please see here.

And as part of that we should (still waiting to double check, not many changes since it was setup) now have automated nightly builds to the /unstable repository for those of you that like to live on the edge.

Regards
Tvheadend Team

Tvheadend 3.2.18 (5 comments)

Added by Adam Sutton about 4 years ago

This is a patch release for the 3.2 series. It includes several bug fixes detected in the last few weeks, most are fairly minor however its still recommended that all users upgrade.

For more details about what has changed please read the changelog.

If you are using the official PPA you simply need run:

sudo apt-get install tvheadend

Tvheadend Team

Tvheadend 3.2 (9 comments)

Added by Adam Sutton over 4 years ago

We're pleased to announce that Tvheadend 3.2 has now been officially released. This represents the first official/stable release from the new Tvheadend Team.

For details on where to get the latest packages (or source) please visit the Download page. You can also find more information about some of the changes in 3.2 on the Release page.

Please accept that the issue tracker and changelog etc. are not as complete as we'd like. Given the large changes that have happened, both in terms of software and the development team, it has been a struggle to get everything perfectly up to date. Hopefully this will improve going forward.

We'd like to thank all those that have helped during the beta testing. And all our users for being patient, its been a long time coming.

And just to wet the appetites for what should be coming in the next 3.4 release, here are couple of the things we're hoping to be working on:

- DVB adapter/mux management (particularly for multi tuner setups)
- DVR Improvements (more options, etc...)
- Timeshift (yes, it will finally happen, one way or another)

Tvheadend Team

Tvheadend 3.2 beta (7 comments)

Added by Adam Sutton over 4 years ago

The Tvheadend team is proud to announce that the new 3.2 release has now entered feature freeze and beta builds (for Ubuntu) are now available from here.

This release represents the first official release from the new development team. Mostly it comprises of a lot of bug fixes for several of the outstanding issues that have been logged in the issue tracker for some time.

However it does include some new features:

1. Muxer framework - A new muxer framework has been implemented to allow the possibility to enable multiple different recording and streaming formats. Currently only MKV and TS are supported, but others may be added in the future.

1. TS recording - It is once again possible to have Tvheadend recording in TS format, this is selectable from the DVR configuration page. This is currently done using the Pass-through container.

2. TS HTTP streaming - this is also now possible, currently there is no way to change the default container so you must specify the container in the URI. For TS streaming append ?mux=pass to the URI. Currently the UI links (VLC plugin etc...) do not allow this to be selected.

3. EPG rewrite - The EPG code has had a complete rewrite, it now includes more structure internally, has the ability to process and store additional metadata including series links and episode identifiers (where available - depends on EPG grabber).

4. EPG grabber updates - In conjunction with the re-write of the EPG, the grabber framework has been updated. This includes addition of several new broadcast grabbers:

- OpenTV (for sky UK/IT/AU support)
- Freesat/view (UK only)

But in addition the standard EIT grabber has been improved as has the XMLTV grabber, to include processing of additional fields.

5. HTSPv6 - the HTSP protocol has had some minor updates to improve some aspects of performance, mainly relating to EPG. For XBMC users with the latest pvr.hts addon from https://github.com/opdenkamp/xbmc-pvr-addons, this should greatly reduce the EPG import time.

6. Adapter Power saving - several options have been added to reduce power consumption from the DVB adapters by shutting them down when not in use. However we have found this causes problems with some adapters, so if you experience performance issues with these options please try disabling them first before reporting issues.

The focus over the coming weeks will be on bug fixing (critical issues) and documentation as we head towards an official release later this month.

Regards
The Tvheadend Team

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