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DVBLink TVSource EPG Beta Out Now


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DVB Logic have released a beta for DVBLink TVSource that supports EPG retrieval from the stream, which is something people have been asking for now for a while.

We did a how to guide on installing and using DVBLink TVSource recently, along with a review which you can check out to learn more, if you don’t know what it can do for you.

Here is what the post says:

DVBLink TVSource, supporting EPG retrieval from the stream, is available for public beta!

Please note that at the moment only parsing of EIT packets is implemented (e.g. no OpenTV or MediaHighway EPG support).


Installation is done in the usual way via msi file. In case of upgrade from the already installed version 3.x, use enclosed bat file.


Launch DVBLink Server configuration application. Select one of the TVSource instances and launch its configuration dialog. You should notice the new EPG Scan tab. This scan lists all installed EPG scanning plugins (at the moment only EIT parser is available).

The following things can be configured per plugin:

– Default scan preset. Defines the set of transponders to be scanned for the presence of EPG data. Possible values: none (no transponders), transponders with mapped channels (only those transponders having channels mapped to be used in MediaCenter), known transponders (transponders having scanned channels) and all transponders. Default value is “transponders with mapped channels” and it is advised to use unless you know what you are doing.

– Additional transponders to scan. This grid allows user to add transponders to the set of transponders, defined by default scanning preset. Might be useful if EPG is sent on some transponder that has no scanned or mapped channels.

You may test the EPG scanning by pressing Scan button. Depending on the number of transponders and actually delivered EPG data scan may take between 1 and 10 minutes. You need to do the scan at least once (either from configuration dialog manually or wait until it will happen automatically) to be able to map the EPG channels.

Once scanned epg data is available, go to Server Configuration -> EPG Sources tab. Select your TVSource instance in the EPG Sources combobox on the top-right and map the channels in a usual way.

Value Stream in EPG source column is not used anymore in this version of DVBLink TVSource!
That’s it!

Periodic scan:

TVSource will start automatic EPG scans one hour after DVBLink Server start-up and will repeat it every 12 hours.

This beta version of DVBLink TVSource can be downloaded here: …

Please let us know what you think about it!

So, if you would like to try this, go get it now and you can check out the forum for this beta release here.

Andrew Edney
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