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.
The Tvheadend Team