OpenELEC released version 2.0: XBMC Eden + PVR

A few years ago I used LinuxMCE and VDR to watch and record Live TV on my Linux-based media center. But later I found the service which streams all Russian channels over Internet in good quality and switched to XBMC + special plugin to watch it. So far it’s ok. But USB DVB-S2 card near the box time to time remind me about Live TV and especially HD channels. So, I started thinking to try XBMC with PVR support. But I was too lazy to replace stable working XBMC Dharma installed from LiveCD by experimental PVR version. It looks like now I don’t have any excuse anymore. Because OpenELEC released a new stable version combining the latest XBMC Eden and PVR. Moreover, that version should support the CEC Adapter which I bought half year ago to control my TV from the XBMC box over HDMI. OpenELEC offers almost any well known PVR systems – TVHeadend, VDR, Njoy N7, MythTV, Mediaportal, HDHomerun and VU+. I think I’ll choose my favorite one – VDR. I’ll try first to install OpenELEC 2.0 on the flash drive to do not break current system because it’ll be many interesting football games this weekend :) Will post my experience with new system next week. So, stay tune!

yaVDR offers Picture in Picture feature for your HTPC

yaVDR - picture in picture

yaVDR team who develops Linux based distribution for HTPC combined the best open source HTPC software XBMC and the best open source satellite receiver software VDR, announced a new plugin yavdr-addon-pip. That plugin brings feature Picture in Picture to your media center. It works very well. Even if both channels are HD. It should be clear in case of one DVB card both channels should be from one transponder. If you have more cards you may see the channels from different transponders.

Watch VDR stream on Android devices

Using application VPlayer it’s possible to watch live stream from VDR directly on the Android-based devices. Sure you should have working streamdev-server to do that. Communication is done via WiFi. Possible use 3G as well but IP filtering in the streamdev-server config file should be define properly. Also don’t forget about possibility to convert VDR stream on the fly to adopt its parameters for specific output device and limited bandwidth.

[via yaVDR]

TBS Qbox S2: DVB-S2 USB card supported by Linux

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If you’d like to add a possibility to watch and record satellite TV to your Linux-based compact HTPC (ASRock HTPC with XBMC, for example) the Qbox S2 USB DVB-S2 card can be an option for that. It’s supported by both VDR and MythTV and have a reasonable price – €68.68. TBS also is planning to release a version with CI if you’re interesting to watch encoded channels.

yaVDR 0.3 is out!

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Today the yaVDR 0.3 was released. yaVDR is an Ubuntu based distribution which joins popular DVB software VDR and popular HTPC software XBMC in one. This version is based on Ubuntu 10.04 and includes development version of VDR 1.7.16.

The most important new feature in the version 0.3 is pre-configuration of PVR settings of XBMC-VNSI during installation from ISO. Also the yaVDR 0.3 offers a new mechanism of waiting when all DVB devices will be ready before VDR starts, wakeup by USB remote control, a new Openbox based minimal desktop environment with Slide-In-Launcher menu on left side of the screen, a new VDR OSD default skin Anthra. Additionally more ready-to-install yavdr-addons were added the applications submen was redesigned.

To install yaVDR 0.3 download its ISO. To upgrade existing installation of yaVDR 0.2 just use apt-get:
sudo apt-get update
and
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

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