SichboPVR - Free PVR software for Windows
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SichboPVR - Free PVR software for Windows

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Found 13th Dec 2015
"Features

SichboPVR is a hardware-accelerated TV application that is designed to work with DVB-T, DVB-S and ATSC tuners and provide a fun and exciting television viewing experience."
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System requirements:

Windows 10, 8, 7 or XP

A half decent video card, .NET 4.0, a DVB-T/S/C/ATSC tuner
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I've been using SichboPVR for a while now, with a DVB-T card on my Win 10 (No Media Centre :-( ) laptop. :-D

28 Comments

I've been using NextPVR for a while. Any idea how this compares ?

Can't imagine anyone using a Windows PC for just PVR, especially when so many TVs have this feature now.
I know I would really miss the extended feature set of MediaPortal

Free or paid for, how many years and attempts have PC software developers had to get TV PVR apps right? They're all a mess. Not one has got within a mile of Elgato 3 software. Do I rate this hot for being free or cold for being just another disaster of an app? HUKD's needs a tepid option.

loiterer

Free or paid for, how many years and attempts have PC software developers … Free or paid for, how many years and attempts have PC software developers had to get TV PVR apps right? They're all a mess. Not one has got within a mile of Elgato 3 software. Do I rate this hot for being free or cold for being just another disaster of an app? HUKD's needs a tepid option.



dunno what you have tried but run all my tvs on mediaportal for many years now, does the job fine and offers far more than plain old PVR functionality for free, nextpvr is also very very good only reason i choose MP was the digital radio feature

Running WMC on Windows 10 and the guys working on it have done a fantastic job of it, v10 is the latest.

HUKD

maddogb

dunno what you have tried but run all my tvs on mediaportal for many … dunno what you have tried but run all my tvs on mediaportal for many years now, does the job fine and offers far more than plain old PVR functionality for free, nextpvr is also very very good only reason i choose MP was the digital radio feature



I have turned an Aspire XC-603 mini desktop I bagged from a deal on here last year into an HTPC. I've swapped out the 500Gb drive for a 128SSD with an external USB 3.0 drive to store films etc on.

I did have XBMC and Kodi on it prior to upgrading to Windows 10 last week. Must admit I didn't find either easy to use and get to know, probably due to lack of time I have free 'my time' due to 3 kids.

I haven't reinstalled XBMC or Kodi, would this be a reasonably good alternative for a media centre front end?

sabresonic

I have turned an Aspire XC-603 mini desktop I bagged from a deal on here … I have turned an Aspire XC-603 mini desktop I bagged from a deal on here last year into an HTPC. I've swapped out the 500Gb drive for a 128SSD with an external USB 3.0 drive to store films etc on. I did have XBMC and Kodi on it prior to upgrading to Windows 10 last week. Must admit I didn't find either easy to use and get to know, probably due to lack of time I have free 'my time' due to 3 kids. I haven't reinstalled XBMC or Kodi, would this be a reasonably good alternative for a media centre front end?



I had a little play with kodi but found the TV/PVR side a little unpolished as it still required a TV server such as the mediaportal one and an extra plugin.
If a MC/HTPC is all you want kodi has plenty to offer but suggest you spend some time comparing features first as the more you want the package to do, the more config you may have to do initially.
For this reason it doesn't make sense to spend a while getting it how you like to suddenly find a feature you "must have" is not available for this software.

loiterer

Free or paid for, how many years and attempts have PC software developers … Free or paid for, how many years and attempts have PC software developers had to get TV PVR apps right? They're all a mess. Not one has got within a mile of Elgato 3 software. Do I rate this hot for being free or cold for being just another disaster of an app? HUKD's needs a tepid option.


seems like Elgato 3 is Man only though

sabresonic

I have turned an Aspire XC-603 mini desktop I bagged from a deal on here … I have turned an Aspire XC-603 mini desktop I bagged from a deal on here last year into an HTPC. I've swapped out the 500Gb drive for a 128SSD with an external USB 3.0 drive to store films etc on. I did have XBMC and Kodi on it prior to upgrading to Windows 10 last week. Must admit I didn't find either easy to use and get to know, probably due to lack of time I have free 'my time' due to 3 kids. I haven't reinstalled XBMC or Kodi, would this be a reasonably good alternative for a media centre front end?



I used to use XBMC but eventually went to Plex. It works perfectly for what I need. I have a PC in the cupboard running the server side and a now TV box on the TV which has the plex app sideloaded. If you do that though, use the rarflix plex app, it's good

maddogb

Can't imagine anyone using a Windows PC for just PVR, especially when so … Can't imagine anyone using a Windows PC for just PVR, especially when so many TVs have this feature now.I know I would really miss the extended feature set of MediaPortal



My viewing has changed a lot since the first days of mediaportal - i now have a windows 8 machine hooked up to the TV using the "tile" interface. Im much more likey to use Youtube or NowTV applications which launch easily from windows than the TV section of mediaportal.

smala01

My viewing has changed a lot since the first days of mediaportal - i now … My viewing has changed a lot since the first days of mediaportal - i now have a windows 8 machine hooked up to the TV using the "tile" interface. Im much more likey to use Youtube or NowTV applications which launch easily from windows than the TV section of mediaportal.



thing is, MP TV features are so advanced, even over sky that i do make a lot of use of broadcast TV, combining that with access to the music/movies/pics on my nas, struggling to find anything to beat it on remote control use.

maddogb

thing is, MP TV features are so advanced, even over sky that i do make a … thing is, MP TV features are so advanced, even over sky that i do make a lot of use of broadcast TV, combining that with access to the music/movies/pics on my nas, struggling to find anything to beat it on remote control use.



Are you using version 2? Im still on V1.X and do not have the time to upgrade and find out the broken features (took me about 2 full days last upgrade)

The most annoying thing for me is the inability for Mediaportal to manage series records effectivly. The logic does not seem to resolve duplicates at all.

Also, the integration with catchup TV is not there - the ability to use the guide to go "back in time" is now in the even the most basic set top boxes.

Its still my main application for Video/Music/TV but with the Wondows 8/10 tile system i will seriously have to think if i use this as a launcher for dedicated applications for each use on the next upgrade/rebuild
Edited by: "smala01" 14th Dec 2015

HotUKDude

Running WMC on Windows 10 and the guys working on it have done a … Running WMC on Windows 10 and the guys working on it have done a fantastic job of it, v10 is the latest.HUKD


Windows media center? Really? I gave up on this 5 years ago when they refused to include a watched flag on videos
Edited by: "smala01" 14th Dec 2015

smala01

Are you using version 2? Im still on V1.X and do not have the time to … Are you using version 2? Im still on V1.X and do not have the time to upgrade and find out the broken features (took me about 2 full days last upgrade)The most annoying thing for me is the inability for Mediaportal to manage series records effectivly. The logic does not seem to resolve duplicates at all. Also, the integration with catchup TV is not there - the ability to use the guide to go "back in time" is now in the even the most basic set top boxes. Its still my main application for Video/Music/TV but with the Wondows 8/10 tile system i will seriously have to think if i use this as a launcher for dedicated applications for each use on the next upgrade/rebuild



nah i'm still on 1.5, i know what you mean about the series record, not got anything else to compare it to so maybe the others are as inefficient? but i get by using the "record every week at this time" works well for me but the stuff i record rarely changes in time scheduling.
Again the reason i am with 1.5 is the music videos central (i like to have my own mtv type playlists) and this was only recently updated, tried to upgrade to 1.9 at that point but something went wrong with the titan skin layout so i rolled back.
will update at some point when i have time to figure out the skin issue


MaximusRo

seems like Elgato 3 is Man only though



Sexist! (_;)

Thanks OP. Awesome find. Been looking for Windows Media Center alternative since upgrading from Windows 7. This is miles better than Kodi/NextPVR/MediaPortal/etc. So easy to use, has loads of functions, and unlike the other services, this scanned all channels. Hopefully it remains free.

There appears to be a few PVR experts on this thread so can I please pose a question to you...

I have a Happauge WinTV-HVR tv stick with the original WinTV disk for Windows XP! I'v updated to Windows 10, believe it or not but I did have the software running somehow with Windows 7 but it doesn't want to know anymore. I thought as I had the original disk I could update but it would appear that you can only do this and upgrade to WinTV v8 if you have the WinTV v7 disk.

I like the look of SichboPVR and I was wondering if I could use the WinTV-HVR tv stick with this software and enjoy all the features and functionality similar to the Happauge software?

Bit of a newbie even though I've had this for years, it sat in a cupboard for most of that time and now when I want to start using it I find that I can't!

Funny, on the reverse of the Happauge box that everything came in it say's "You're prepared for the future" I guess I missed the future and its already in the past!

Also be interested in any other suggestions people may have if SichboPVR is a non starter.

Thanks

sabresonic

There appears to be a few PVR experts on this thread so can I please pose … There appears to be a few PVR experts on this thread so can I please pose a question to you...I have a Happauge WinTV-HVR tv stick with the original WinTV disk for Windows XP! I'v updated to Windows 10, believe it or not but I did have the software running somehow with Windows 7 but it doesn't want to know anymore. I thought as I had the original disk I could update but it would appear that you can only do this and upgrade to WinTV v8 if you have the WinTV v7 disk.I like the look of SichboPVR and I was wondering if I could use the WinTV-HVR tv stick with this software and enjoy all the features and functionality similar to the Happauge software?Bit of a newbie even though I've had this for years, it sat in a cupboard for most of that time and now when I want to start using it I find that I can't! Funny, on the reverse of the Happauge box that everything came in it say's "You're prepared for the future" I guess I missed the future and its already in the past!Also be interested in any other suggestions people may have if SichboPVR is a non starter.Thanks



most of these systems work if your card has OS compatible BDA-drivers, if the card is showing as working in device manager that should be it, try a simple download like "dvbviewer Compatibility Tool" to test with

maddogb

most of these systems work if your card has OS compatible BDA-drivers, if … most of these systems work if your card has OS compatible BDA-drivers, if the card is showing as working in device manager that should be it, try a simple download like "dvbviewer Compatibility Tool" to test with



If only it was that easy
Win10 has so far been a complete error strewn disaster for my DVB-T tuners, not recognising some at all, installing drivers that crash the PC for my 7010ix. If you don't have very recent tuners prepare for a trawl through driverscollection.com/ (search by USB identifier works best) and some guesswork&force installs getting things working. Win8 wasn't any better.

Can this pull multiple streams from each mux? The page description is vague beyond belief. The lack of client/server rules it out for me anyway.

Edited by: "anonymoose1" 14th Dec 2015

maddogb

most of these systems work if your card has OS compatible BDA-drivers, if … most of these systems work if your card has OS compatible BDA-drivers, if the card is showing as working in device manager that should be it, try a simple download like "dvbviewer Compatibility Tool" to test with



Hi, thanks for the reply. Unfortunately mine isn't a card, the Happauge WinTV-HVR is a USB WinTV stick/tuner.

The latest Happauge software is WinTV v8, compatible with Windows 8 but I don't know if it actually works with Windows 10.

Happauge sell the WinTV v8 software for £10 plus postage but I thought I'd wait until they bring out v10 before considering that.

Can't remember how I managed to get the TV stick working with Windows 7 or what upgrade path was available.

Saw this post about SichboPVR, also some mention of Media Portal and Microsoft WMC which someone has and is running on Windows 10.

I found the WinTV-HVR stick itself pretty good when I did use it that's why it occurred to me that it might be possible to use the WinTV-HVR stick with other software but as I said, bit of a novice so not sure what will or won't work with it?

I stupidly bought the Hauppage PVR 350 back in the day and never really took advantage of it. Now I have the Tivo and don't have the need to record anything myself as it's all available (legit!) online...
I use Kodi as well (I still have my original modded Xbox, it's gathering dust though)

I have that 7010x sat lying on a shelf as my tvserver has only one pci-e slot which i used for my newer hd tuner.

Personally my approach has always been the one-box solution hence only really 3 softwares will satisfy this,

kodi, as explained the tv features weren't enough
nextpvr, i could prob use this now but when i settled on a solution it was because of the dvb radio which at the time nothing else supported hence
Mediaportal, seems to do the job well, but as the one box solution requires a matured system trying new OSes is a nono.

To me the whole point of a Media Center system is to have everything there in one clean interface and available via remote control on your big screen, individual apps just don't cut the mustard, you need to decide what exactly you want from the system and build it to that ideal.

sabresonic

Unfortunately mine isn't a card, the Happauge WinTV-HVR is a USB WinTV … Unfortunately mine isn't a card, the Happauge WinTV-HVR is a USB WinTV stick/tuner. The latest Happauge software is WinTV v8, compatible with Windows 8 but I don't know if it actually works with Windows 10.


Win10 isn't much more than a different name for Win8.2 in this context, if it worked on Win8 it should still work on Win10. USB sticks use BDA drivers just like cards, if it's not recent hardware just be a little careful when letting Win10 update them, especially on 64bit.

The developer for this software has done a great job IMO yes there are a few features missing but on the whole it makes a great frontend and a pretty awesome replacement for WMC. He's a very nice guy too, had many convos via e-mail with him regarding SichboPVR and other tech related things!

I use Tvheadend for my TV and PVR duties and he was more than happy to include support for Tvheadend in SichboPVR which has made it a great replacement for Kodi on Windows. I still use Kodi on Linux though as my main HTPC.

E-mail the developer if you really want a feature missing in SichboPVR!

anonymoose1

Win10 isn't much more than a different name for Win8.2 in this context, … Win10 isn't much more than a different name for Win8.2 in this context, if it worked on Win8 it should still work on Win10. USB sticks use BDA drivers just like cards, if it's not recent hardware just be a little careful when letting Win10 update them, especially on 64bit.



I don't actually have the latest software (v8) nor the one prior to that v7 but I think it may have been on my PC as a result of an upgrade I did manage to achieve with software I do have v2.3 (I know, I don't have any idea how I managed to do that it was a long time ago now)

Would I therefore be able to use this software i.e. SichboPVR (or Media Portal or the version of Windows WMC that seems to be out there) with this Happauge WinTV-HVR stick if I manage to find drivers do you know?

sabresonic

I don't actually have the latest software (v8) nor the one prior to that … I don't actually have the latest software (v8) nor the one prior to that v7 but I think it may have been on my PC as a result of an upgrade I did manage to achieve with software I do have v2.3 (I know, I don't have any idea how I managed to do that it was a long time ago now) Would I therefore be able to use this software i.e. SichboPVR (or Media Portal or the version of Windows WMC that seems to be out there) with this Happauge WinTV-HVR stick if I manage to find drivers do you know?



have hauppauge really changed that much, you used to be able to just download the latest drivers off their website, theres no need for the extra software if you're using a third party app like this or media portal.
saying that, fwir the hvr series were for analogue TV treat your self to something newer like a DVB-t2 one for xmas, no need for a top brand but make sure it has BDA drivers.

maddogb

have hauppauge really changed that much, you used to be able to just … have hauppauge really changed that much, you used to be able to just download the latest drivers off their website, theres no need for the extra software if you're using a third party app like this or media portal.saying that, fwir the hvr series were for analogue TV treat your self to something newer like a DVB-t2 one for xmas, no need for a top brand but make sure it has BDA drivers.



Thats what I wasn't sure about i.e. whether it would work with this or other PVR software i.e. Media Portal or Microsoft WMC etc. I haven't got a clue! So these other 3rd party PVR software solutions may work if I am able to get the drivers for the Happauge WinTV-HVR stick? (which is actually a digital and analogue tv stick. It worked well when I did use it some time back with digital channels)

I haven't actually looked to see if I can get the correct drivers from the Happauge website - I got stuck when I tried to re-install the actual WinTV software. Wouldn't allow me to install the WinTV v8 without the WinTV v7 disk (I only have the original v2.3 disk. A few years ago I was able to upgrade from v2.3 to v7 when I upgraded to Windows 7. It no longer permits me to upgrade to v8. (Which I've seen some people comment also works with Windows 10)
Edited by: "sabresonic" 15th Dec 2015

"So these other 3rd party PVR software solutions may work if I am able to get the drivers for the Happauge WinTV-HVR stick?"

yeah that's right, i had a quick look at the haup site and they do seem to be bundling both drivers and software together but as i didn't have the model number of your stick was unable to delve deeper to see if the drivers were available as a separate download.
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