FreeBox

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What is Freebox recorder ?

Freebox is the name of the "box" used by the french ISP free.fr. This box provides internet access, a telephone line (VoIP) and television.

Since december 2005, the TV channels are available via rtsp: protocol (MPEG2-TS), allowing free.fr's customers to receive the channels on their computer (using VLC). The Freebox recorder was added in MythTV-0.20. It allows MythTV to record/watch the rtsp: channels.

How to use the recorder ?

Simple case, with the Freebox modem

1. Create a new FreeboxRecorder capture card using mythtv-setup.
2. Keep the default mrl (http://mafreebox.freebox.fr/freeboxtv/playlist.m3u)
3a. Link your new capture card to an input video source (see http://www.mythtv.org/docs/mythtv-HOWTO-9.html for details)
3b. Uncheck "Unencrypted channels only" to avoid partial locks (LAm)
4. If you have enough bandwidth, multiple "capture cards" may be added

Complex case, without the Freebox modem

TODO (see http://svn.mythtv.org/trac/attachment/ticket/1704/freebox.readme)

Work in progress

1. The FreeboxRecorder has been extended to support more protocols. The current patch (http://svn.mythtv.org/trac/ticket/2152) adds udp:, rtp: and file: support.
2. H264 support is in progress, but is still not stable.

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