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Posted 20th Sep 2019Edited by:"cooliusxp"

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Twin tuner DVB-T/T2 Box which works well with Plex Live TV & DVR if you have a Plex Pass.

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Good value. If you have a Raspberry Pi (preferably a Pi4B) you can get a TVhat for it for under £20. You can then install a software emulator that enables you to connect it to Plex as an HDHomeRun device. It does involve quite a lot of geekery though.
Edited by: "dwl99" 20th Sep 2019
dwl9920/09/2019 11:57

Good value. If you have a Raspberry Pi (preferably a Pi4B) you can get a …Good value. If you have a Raspberry Pi (preferably a Pi4B) you can get a TVhat for it for under £20. You can then install a software emulator that enables you to connect it to Plex as an HDHomeRun device. It does involve quite a lot of geekery though.


I did this before taking the plunge and getting a HDHomeRun, albeit on a 3b+ rather than a 4. Didn't hold a candle to the HDHomeRun tbh, and I'm very happy with it. Support baked into Kodi, and there's even a Xbox app for it, which means the kids don't have to rely on streaming services on the consoles.
dwl9920/09/2019 11:57

Good value. If you have a Raspberry Pi (preferably a Pi4B) you can get a …Good value. If you have a Raspberry Pi (preferably a Pi4B) you can get a TVhat for it for under £20. You can then install a software emulator that enables you to connect it to Plex as an HDHomeRun device. It does involve quite a lot of geekery though.



I've actually done this myself with an RPi Zero W which admittedly is a bit underpowered and it did take a lot of fiddling around to get it working semi-stably.
I did considere giving it another go with an RPi 4B as you suggested but this looks a lot more straightforward and makes more sense at this price. RPi 4B with TV-Hat and case will cost you around £60-65!
Edited by: "cooliusxp" 20th Sep 2019
cooliusxp20/09/2019 12:14

I've actually done this myself with an RPi Zero W which admittedly is a …I've actually done this myself with an RPi Zero W which admittedly is a bit underpowered and it did take a lot of fiddling around to get it working semi-stably.I did considere giving it another go with an RPi 4B as you suggested but this looks a lot more straightforward and makes more sense at this price. RPi 4B with TV-Hat and case will cost you around £60-65!


Yes, but if you like tinkering with things & running Home Assistant on the Pi as well the Pi is too tempting!
New Shield owner here, Is there anyway to use this on the Shield without having to pay for the overly expensive Plex Pass?
Do these just spit out a unicast stream?
paulj4820/09/2019 12:40

New Shield owner here, Is there anyway to use this on the Shield without …New Shield owner here, Is there anyway to use this on the Shield without having to pay for the overly expensive Plex Pass?


As far as I know once you install the HDhomerun app the built in Live channels app will just start to populate all the channels from it. I haven't done this myself though, I'm just grabbing stuff from research I did.
Ken_Gibson-Quigley20/09/2019 13:42

As far as I know once you install the HDhomerun app the built in Live …As far as I know once you install the HDhomerun app the built in Live channels app will just start to populate all the channels from it. I haven't done this myself though, I'm just grabbing stuff from research I did.


Yes, this is just a tuner, you need to pay Hdhomerun for their DVR software or pay Plex for their version, shame really.
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paulj4820/09/2019 13:59

Yes, this is just a tuner, you need to pay Hdhomerun for their DVR …Yes, this is just a tuner, you need to pay Hdhomerun for their DVR software or pay Plex for their version, shame really.


There are plenty free alternatives.

For example you can use this as a network tuner Tvheadend PVR software.
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paulj4820/09/2019 12:40

New Shield owner here, Is there anyway to use this on the Shield without …New Shield owner here, Is there anyway to use this on the Shield without having to pay for the overly expensive Plex Pass?


Yep TVheadend as a PVR for kodi. Works great, you get a full guide etc.
You can either run a separate pc running Tvheadend or add the a TVH adding to Kodi - perfectly legal use of kodi before anyone comments.
deleted229009020/09/2019 14:05

Yep TVheadend as a PVR for kodi. Works great, you get a full guide etc.You …Yep TVheadend as a PVR for kodi. Works great, you get a full guide etc.You can either run a separate pc running Tvheadend or add the a TVH adding to Kodi - perfectly legal use of kodi before anyone comments.


I'm presuming I wouldn't be able to watch whilst out of the house with that though?
paulj4820/09/2019 12:40

New Shield owner here, Is there anyway to use this on the Shield without …New Shield owner here, Is there anyway to use this on the Shield without having to pay for the overly expensive Plex Pass?


Channels app is very good. Good EPG, just s shame the monthly cost for their DVR is a tad expensive. I ended up dumping their DVR and bought the standalone app.

Free trial available for a month
The nvidia shield plus this app (official "Live TV" google app) works great with the HDhomerun *and* you can DVR without subscriptions as long as you have local storage: play.google.com/sto…_GB
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paulj4820/09/2019 14:18

I'm presuming I wouldn't be able to watch whilst out of the house with …I'm presuming I wouldn't be able to watch whilst out of the house with that though?


Yes you can there are android apps for that TVHclient iirc. However the device serving TVheadend would need to be on obviously.

You can also integrate TVH into Jellyfin which will combine it with your own media similar to Plex but free. It's a free fork of Emby.
HDHomerun works GREAT with the "Channels" app on apple TV. Gives a lovely EPG, pause/rewind etc to apple TV.
Now there is no need to use the dire Sony TV implementaiton on my pretty nice Sony TV (Sony android TV is so bad )
getchannels.com/
Also working with my Plex server.
Edited by: "fryitup" 20th Sep 2019
paulj4820/09/2019 12:40

New Shield owner here, Is there anyway to use this on the Shield without …New Shield owner here, Is there anyway to use this on the Shield without having to pay for the overly expensive Plex Pass?


Channels:
getchannels.com/and…id/

I only used the live viewer (not PVR) on apple TV but its really slick.
Edited by: "fryitup" 20th Sep 2019
fryitup20/09/2019 15:17

Channels:https://getchannels.com/android/I only used the live viewer (not …Channels:https://getchannels.com/android/I only used the live viewer (not PVR) on apple TV but its really slick.



cheers but the DVR functionality is $80 a year to use.
paulj4820/09/2019 15:56

cheers but the DVR functionality is $80 a year to use.


Indeed. I use it for live playback w pause/rewind.
If you need a DVR then you're right its a lot of money.
HDHR also works with Plex (if you have plex pass, which is more money, but I have lifetime anyway) but TBH their DVR implementation is quite rubbish.
and TVHeadend which works OK once its set up, but I dropped it as the files it created would not playback nicely on plex client (apple, so YMMV)
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fryitup20/09/2019 16:00

Indeed. I use it for live playback w pause/rewind.If you need a DVR then …Indeed. I use it for live playback w pause/rewind.If you need a DVR then you're right its a lot of money.HDHR also works with Plex (if you have plex pass, which is more money, but I have lifetime anyway) but TBH their DVR implementation is quite rubbish.and TVHeadend which works OK once its set up, but I dropped it as the files it created would not playback nicely on plex client (apple, so YMMV)


There are several options of file that TVheadend records to, none of which are YMMV.
You can record to Matroska, Pass through (mpeg2), htsp and several other webtv compressed formats for webstreaming.
I know apple has terrible codec support but I got pass through working fine on an Apple TV before I upgraded to a Shield TV.
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fryitup20/09/2019 16:00

Indeed. I use it for live playback w pause/rewind.If you need a DVR then …Indeed. I use it for live playback w pause/rewind.If you need a DVR then you're right its a lot of money.HDHR also works with Plex (if you have plex pass, which is more money, but I have lifetime anyway) but TBH their DVR implementation is quite rubbish.and TVHeadend which works OK once its set up, but I dropped it as the files it created would not playback nicely on plex client (apple, so YMMV)


Jellyfin is a free fork of Emby. It's better than Plex as it's opensource and totally free.
deleted229009020/09/2019 16:16

There are several options of file that TVheadend records to, none of which …There are several options of file that TVheadend records to, none of which are YMMV. You can record to Matroska, Pass through (mpeg2), htsp and several other webtv compressed formats for webstreaming.I know apple has terrible codec support but I got pass through working fine on an Apple TV before I upgraded to a Shield TV.


YMMV = Your mileage may vary
I tried all the container options for the demuxed h264 from DVT-T2 stream.
Playback of the files on atv is fine, but search (ffwd/rwnd) results in hanging. I think its because of stream errors.
I'm sure there is probably a way to streamfix the recordings after completion (used to do it with mythtv many moons ago).
deleted229009020/09/2019 16:17

Jellyfin is a free fork of Emby. It's better than Plex as it's opensource …Jellyfin is a free fork of Emby. It's better than Plex as it's opensource and totally free.


Im aware of Jellyfish, but as far as I know they dont have an client apps yet.
No ATV = no good for me.
I tried emby but didnt get on that well. it was a long time back though.
plex mostly just works
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fryitup20/09/2019 16:23

YMMV = Your mileage may vary I tried all the container options for the …YMMV = Your mileage may vary I tried all the container options for the demuxed h264 from DVT-T2 stream.Playback of the files on atv is fine, but search (ffwd/rwnd) results in hanging. I think its because of stream errors.I'm sure there is probably a way to streamfix the recordings after completion (used to do it with mythtv many moons ago).


Ooops my bad.

Plex should transcode it anyway? That's why I ditched ATV cos it has very bad codec support and everything needed transoded.
The Shield literally plays absolutely any format natively, no transcoding necessary.
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fryitup20/09/2019 16:25

Im aware of Jellyfish, but as far as I know they dont have an client apps …Im aware of Jellyfish, but as far as I know they dont have an client apps yet.No ATV = no good for me.I tried emby but didnt get on that well. it was a long time back though.plex mostly just works


Never heard of jellyfish but Jellyfin is identical to Emby (it's a direct fork) and until recently used the Emby client apps but now has its own for Android but none for Apple afaik.
deleted229009020/09/2019 16:27

Ooops my bad. Plex should transcode it anyway? That's why I ditched ATV …Ooops my bad. Plex should transcode it anyway? That's why I ditched ATV cos it has very bad codec support and everything needed transoded.The Shield literally plays absolutely any format natively, no transcoding necessary.


Actually plex updated their ATV app with new player. I should go check if it works better with those recordings.
Also there are other options for better playback - there are other apps like infuse that will playback from plex and do a better job... but more cash
Im sure shield is good, but in my house we got used to atv now. All the catch up services are there (and pretty good) and itunes 4K dolby vision movies are pretty good, too.
deleted229009020/09/2019 16:30

Never heard of jellyfish but Jellyfin is identical to Emby (it's a direct …Never heard of jellyfish but Jellyfin is identical to Emby (it's a direct fork) and until recently used the Emby client apps but now has its own for Android but none for Apple afaik.


Oops fish fin. I was reading how the emby guys took emby closed source and jf was forked and continued as OSS.
Maybe I will try it again at some point, but my family hates things constantly changing.

No clients listed: jellyfin.org/dow…ts/
They dont even mention supported by emby clients which is why i wasnt aware.
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fryitup20/09/2019 16:34

Oops fish fin. I was reading how the emby guys took emby closed source and …Oops fish fin. I was reading how the emby guys took emby closed source and jf was forked and continued as OSS.Maybe I will try it again at some point, but my family hates things constantly changing.No clients listed: https://jellyfin.org/downloads/clients/They dont even mention supported by emby clients which is why i wasnt aware.


Yeah mine too that's why I stuck with kodi as client app as it runs on anything, plays anything natively and the same on every device. The family don't notice if I change any of the infrastructure as long and media, recorded and live tv still in same place

Just stay away from dodgy kodi add-on cos they are terrible.
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fryitup20/09/2019 16:34

Oops fish fin. I was reading how the emby guys took emby closed source and …Oops fish fin. I was reading how the emby guys took emby closed source and jf was forked and continued as OSS.Maybe I will try it again at some point, but my family hates things constantly changing.No clients listed: https://jellyfin.org/downloads/clients/They dont even mention supported by emby clients which is why i wasnt aware.


The button that says repository takes you to Android, Android TV and Kodi client apps.
I don't think the original Emby apps were ever official but they worked as the server was a direct fork it couldn't actually tell it wasn't an Emby server. I've heard they have stopped working though
Anyone had any experience with VBox TV Gateways? The in-device recording function (network storage or USB HDD) looks promising,but if it’s naff I’d be interested in the 4 tuner model of this.
I've been messing about with tvheadend and Raspberry Pi's for a few years. If your time is valuable and you don't like tinkering, skip all the technical stuff and just buy one of these.

Teamed up with a Nvidia Shield and the Channels app it's a dream so far (been using this setup for a few months and very happy). Channels I think is free on iOS, but liked it so much I paid up for the Android app (so I could use with the Shield and Samsung phone)
Jameseh20/09/2019 18:16

Anyone had any experience with VBox TV Gateways?


I have one. The hardware is decent enough but it is made by what appears to be a very small company and the software support is not great. For the same money I'd opt for a better known name with the hope of improved software.
kowalski20/09/2019 18:27

I've been messing about with tvheadend and Raspberry Pi's for a few years. …I've been messing about with tvheadend and Raspberry Pi's for a few years. If your time is valuable and you don't like tinkering, skip all the technical stuff and just buy one of these. Teamed up with a Nvidia Shield and the Channels app it's a dream so far (been using this setup for a few months and very happy). Channels I think is free on iOS, but liked it so much I paid up for the Android app (so I could use with the Shield and Samsung phone)


Channels cost me between £15 and £20 on Apple TV. Not cheap but it’s very very slick.

Just checked on iPhone and it’s free. Could be they changed it now for atv too?
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How would a setup built around the devices mentioned in this thread compared to an off the shelf humax fvp 4000 (3tuners) that are available for as little as £70ish? Coming with 500gb that I believe is easily upgradable to a 2 tb hard drive? Tia, steve.
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stec7720/09/2019 23:47

How would a setup built around the devices mentioned in this thread …How would a setup built around the devices mentioned in this thread compared to an off the shelf humax fvp 4000 (3tuners) that are available for as little as £70ish? Coming with 500gb that I believe is easily upgradable to a 2 tb hard drive? Tia, steve.


If I understand you correctly...

The biggest advantage with this over a STB is it can be true multiroom entertainment. I have it set up so you can watch in any room, can even stop watching in one room and go continue where you left off in another. I have it set up so I can watch recordings and live TV away from the house too.

The disadvantage is obviously cost, I have this combined with an old pc set up as the PVR with tvheadend and of course you'll need devices in every room to watch it on. Anything from a raspberry pi to an nvidia or smart TV can act as a client though.
Jameseh20/09/2019 18:16

Anyone had any experience with VBox TV Gateways? The in-device recording …Anyone had any experience with VBox TV Gateways? The in-device recording function (network storage or USB HDD) looks promising,but if it’s naff I’d be interested in the 4 tuner model of this.


Yup. Had one of their older models. Hardware was okay but software was awful.

Used HD Homerun and always worked. Just never liked the idea of having to pay for PVR.

Just use a raspberry pi now with USB tuner Libreelec and Tvheadend and does an excellent job. Tvheadend has quite a steep learning curve so it's not for everyone.
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An interesting device that I'm waiting to arrive in UK is the Amazon Recast, basically similar to this but has full PVR capability with HDD and works with FireTV

Been out over a year in USA c'mon Amazon release a UK version!!
Have caved & ordered one to use with Plex & my new Synology DS218+. Damn you HUKD. Again.
dwl9921/09/2019 21:56

Have caved & ordered one to use with Plex & my new Synology DS218+. Damn …Have caved & ordered one to use with Plex & my new Synology DS218+. Damn you HUKD. Again.


😁 Fatal browsing later in the evening.
paulj4820/09/2019 12:40

New Shield owner here, Is there anyway to use this on the Shield without …New Shield owner here, Is there anyway to use this on the Shield without having to pay for the overly expensive Plex Pass?



SiliconDust provide a free app that works great - also the 'Live Channels' of AndroidTV works but there seems to be a nasty bug in that the Live Channels app doesn't let go of Tuners in a timely manner so if you start flicking through channels you get a misleading 'Weak Signal' error. Stick with the HD Homerun app until Google fix Live Channels.

Also works great with FireTV, PC and Android mobile devices. Haven't tried with Mac or IOS but should be just as solid.

It really is pretty great with a Shield - it effectively turns your Shield Box into a Smart TV, I think that the quality of Freeview & Freeview HD is actually better through it than my TV.
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