How To's & Guides Quick Review of DVBLogic DVBLink Server, TVSource and Network...

Quick Review of DVBLogic DVBLink Server, TVSource and Network Pack

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We have recently posted some How To guides for the various DVBLogic software offerings, now it’s time to actually review them.

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WHO ARE DVBLOGIC?

This what how DVBLogic describe themselves:

In the last decade, the convergence of computing and home TV/Audio entertainment technologies has led to rapid changes in the way in which we all listen to Audio or view Video programmes at home as well as in a work environment. The ultimate aim is now to have the ability to view/listen to digital content anytime and anywhere (‘on-demand’).

DVBLogic was founded in 2007 to ‘bridge the gap’ between third party hardware and Windows MediaCenter to allow streaming of digital content (TV – including HD, Satellite, Cable or terrestrial; Audio incorporating 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound) to remote devices for playback. Since its foundation, DVBLogic has introduced products for use with many manufacturers, including Hauppage; Pinnacle; Technotrend; and Dreambox.

Founders Pavlo Barvinko and Sasha Bublyk both graduated at Kiev University in 1995 with Masters Degrees in Applied Physics and Electronics.

WHAT DID WE REVIEW?

So we looked at the DVBLink Server and TVSource products and the Network Pack product. All the versions we looked at were the latest at the time of writing – version 3.01.

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DVBLINK SERVER AND TVSOURCE

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Here is how DVBLink describe TVSource:

DVBLink TVSource seamlessly integrates Satellite, Cable or Terrestrial TV channels into Windows Media Center, including support for MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 HD video, multichannel audio, EPG information, teletext and subtitles. DVBLink enables all native TV control features of Windows Media Center for these channels such as Guide listings, live TV, time shifting, one touch and timer recordings.

System requirements:

  • Windows Vista with TV Pack or Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit)
  • Satellite, terrestrial or cable tuner hardware

Supported hardware:

  • FireDTV, FloppyDTV (including CI support)
  • Hauppauge WinTV Nova (S and HD S2), WinTV HVR (all models)
  • Pinnacle PCTV
  • Prof Red and Prof Revolution
  • Technotrend Budget (including CI support)
  • Technisat SkyStar2, SkyStar HD, HD2, SkyStar USB2 (including CI support)
  • Terratec Cinergy (including CI support)
  • Twinhan (including CI support)
  • Azurewave (including CI support)
  • TeVii
  • Genpix
  • All other cards, having BDA drivers, are supported as well. However diseqc and CI control availability may differ. Please use DVBLink TVSource Preview to check whether your tuner card works with DVBLink TVSource. No installation is required.

Supported clients:

  • Windows Vista with TV Pack or Windows 7 MediaCenter
  • Windows MediaCenter Extenders
  • Hardware and software UPNP clients (Sony Playstation 3, Power DVD 9, Nero ShowTime 4 and others)

Features:

  • Satellite (DVB-S, DVB-S2), Cable (DVB-C) and Terrestrial (DVB-T) support
  • FTA and commercial channels support
  • HD and SD MPEG-2 and h.264 channels support
  • Multichannel audio support
  • Multiple tuner support
  • Guide a la Carte: per channel selection of EPG information source – transport stream, DVBViewer EPG info, xmltv listings or native MediaCenter Guide
  • Teletext and subtitles support
  • UPNP Server to stream live TV to UPNP-enabled clients
  • Easy-to-use Windows MediaCenter channel synchronization wizard

The setup and configuration was fairly straightforward, if not a little time consuming. But that is ok, the time consuming bit is the setting up of the channels and the channel information – but it is well worth the time doing this.

Just make sure you do actually reboot when you are told to otherwise you might have problems.

Once it was all installed and configured, using it was very simple – in fact I was surprised just how simple it was.

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That is only a part of the overall solution, to watch TV on other devices around your home, and outside of your home you need the Network pack.

Andrew Edneyhttp://moviesgamesandtech.com
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

8 COMMENTS

  1. I've been using this since March to stream Hotbird/Sirius around my house and it works very well. A big bonus, if you have satellite, is that you can trim your guide down to the stations you want rather having to deselect the potentially thousands of channels the old media center way.

    Maybe DVBlogic can come up with a separate product to manage the guide more effectively than the present media center way?

  2. Hi,

    Site is awesome for a newbie.

    i'm just about to implement WHS in my new house. Im lucky as i have the choice to put wires where I want!

    question i have – should i install as DVB/SAT card in the WHS box or the local TV box, happy to implement software required

    Thanks

    Jim

    • Hi Jim – welcome to UWHS 🙂

      To be honest the choice is yours – if you are not going to have your TV box on all the time, but your WHS will be, I would recommend putting it on the WHS box so your streams are always available.

      Have a good christmas

      Andrew

      • Great, so if I install the card on the WHS will i be able to access the EPG, live as it were, from the other boxes connected to WHS?

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