VBox

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Version:
0.28
VBox support was added in 0.28

V@Box Communications manufactures and sells a variety of network-attached tuner devices. Detailed information is available for the more popular devices by following the links.

VBox TV Gateway summary of current models
Standard Model Geographic area supported Broadcast standards Number of tuners MythTV multi-rec capable
Satellite XTi-3332 Australia & Europe DVB-S/S2 2 tuners Yes
Combi Satellite & Terrestrial XTi-3340 Australia & Europe 2 x DVB-S/S2 2 x DVB-T 4 tuners Yes
Combi Satellite & Cable XTi-3350 Australia & Europe 2 x DVB-S/S2 2 x DVB-C 4 tuners Yes
Terrestrial XTi-3342 Australia & Europe DVB-T/T2 2 tuners Yes
Terrestrial XTi-3442 Australia & Europe DVB-T/T2 2 tuners Yes
Terrestrial Pay-TV XTi-3342CI Australia & Europe DVB-T/T2 2 tuners Yes
Cable TV XTi-3352 Australia & Europe DVB-C 2 tuners Yes
Cable Pay-TV XTi-3352CI Australia & Europe DVB-C 2 tuners Yes

Installation Instructions

Important.png Note: You need software version 2.50 or later installed on the VBox

Compile or install a version of MythTV with VBox support enabled

Vbox support doesn't require any external dependencies and is enabled by default so if your version of MythTV is current enough you should be able to use the VBox support out of the box. Initial support was added in [a3eb10d07f0]cgitgithub on July 14 2015.

Using mythtv-setup to add a VBox as a recorder

On the backend machine you want to handle recording from the VBox first stop any mythbackends running on the same machine then run mythtv-setup.

VBox Card Setup
VBox Input Setup
VBox Channel Scan
VBox Channel Scan Results

Click '2. Capture Cards' then '(New capture card)'. In the 'Card type' selection box choose 'V@Box TV Gateway networked tuner'. You will then be presented with a screen similar to the one on the right.

mythtv-setup will search the network using uPnP to find any active VBoxes and interrogate them to find what tuners they have and populate all of them in the Available devices selection box. Choose one of the Vbox/tuner combinations and click Finish. If you have a 2 or 4 tuner model you will probably want to add further capture cards for other VBox/tuner combinations.

Add Video Sources

You must add a separate Video Source for the VBox tuners although tuners of a similar type ie all DVB T/T2 tuners can share a video source. If you have a 4 tuner version you must have separate Video Sources for each tuner type supported. So if you have 2 x DVB-T and 2 x DVB-S2 tuners since the channels available on the different tuners will be different you need to create a Video Source for each tuner type and do a Channel Scan on each so Myth then knows what channels are available on what tuners.

Connect the Input Connections

On the Input Connections screen you attach a tuner to a Video Source so select a VBox card/tuner in the list and Press Select. You will be presented with a screen similar to that on the right. Choose MPEGTS for the Input Name (should be the only option). Enter a Display Name for the Input if required. Select the Video Source that you want to use for this card/tuner. If you haven't already done so for this Video Source press Scan For Channels.


Important.png Note: It is essential that a valid starting channel is set after a channel scan. The default is 0 which is almost always an invalid channel number and causes all sorts of problems for the backend

Scanning for Channels

Once Scan For Channels is pressed you are presented with the Scan Configuration screen where you can select the channel scan options. The Scan Type option should default to the VBox Channel Import option which will use the VBox API to download a list of available channels direct from the VBox that is connected to the selected video source. Once the list of channels has downloaded the next screen will show the progress of adding/updating the found channels.

Multirecord

Since [d4c0f13aede]cgitgithub on February 19 2017 the VBox recorder can record more than one channel using one tuner so long as they are all one the same multiplex. You need to uncheck 'Limit single channel streaming per UPnP device' setting on the Vbox for this to work and firmware >= 2.53 is recommended.

Myth needs to know which channels share a multiplex so a retune of the Vbox recorder in Myth is necessary in order to populate this information into the database.