TVHeadEnd BDA Drivers?

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TVHeadEnd BDA Drivers?

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Post by Minxster » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:56 pm

I've got a couple of HDHomeRun units, but I'm testing Plex DVR which is causing WMC to clash on occasion. That said, I've got TVHeadEnd up and running and have Plex DVR talking to it with no (very little) issue. I don't want to stop using WMC as my main DVR, but Plex is great for remote viewing/streaming to devices when away from home.

What I'm trying to find out is if there is a way to get WMC to use TVHeadEnd as the tuner source? A BDA compatible driver maybe? I've seen people in the past talking about it and also seen a few people asking to get TVHeadEnd to emulate HDHomeRun protocols; I've even seen a full HDHomeRun emulator but there are issues with channel mappings.

I can't be the only one trying to do something similar? :D :lol: :shock:

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Post by Crash2009 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:44 am

DVBLink Server V 6.0 might make the connection for you. Tvheadend might be seen by WMC as a virtual tuner.

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Post by jachin99 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:37 pm

Crash, what would be the difference between how WMC treats a virtual tuner vs how it treats a real one? In other words, what difference does it make?

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Post by Crash2009 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:38 pm

Dvblink might do a better job of installing TV head-end into the OS

Server BDA might do the job too

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Post by Crash2009 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:45 pm

Is there some reason why you guys want to do this the hard way

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Post by Minxster » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:39 pm

I'm not sure I'm picking the hard way, though it's not lost on me the limitations of WMC/BDA. I'm looking to reduce the number of moving parts, so I'd rather not have to add another layer of software or extra server.

Currently I have plex talking to TVHeadend with no issue, but WMC is only talking directly to my HD HomeRun Connect box. This works fine until there is a recording conflict. Having TVHeadEnd as the "main controller" for my tuners should mean a better balance for multiplexing as well as giving WMC a simple "in-use" error message.

DVBLink I've never used and I don't know if it's compatible with Plex, but can you clarify what you mean by Server BDA?

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Post by Crash2009 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:47 pm

Minxster wrote: what you mean by Server BDA?
Is your Google not working?

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Post by Minxster » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:02 pm

Just to add, I also know I'm asking a lot here ;) ... TVHeadEnd really has not set the world a light for WMC, but DVBLink has filled the void for IP based tuners :) . So I 100% understand I'm probably asking too much if people have not tried to use TVHeadEnd instead of DBVLink :(

I just thought other people may be in a similar position? Trying out new PVR systems but wanting to ensure tuners behave when in use by another package?

To try and get around the BDA driver issue on WMC, I did start looking at HDHRProxyIPTV (by dsaupf) on GitHub. WMC should have no problems using this emulator but I got lost quickly on how to configure it, let alone getting it to talk to TVHeadEnd.

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Post by Minxster » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:04 pm

Crash2009 wrote:
Minxster wrote: what you mean by Server BDA?
Is your Google not working?
Yeh, Google is working thankfully, so the world has not ended. But I didn't think you meant looking at instructions on how to install BDA drivers on Windows Server?

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Post by Crash2009 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:34 pm

Minxster wrote: Plex is great for remote viewing/streaming to devices when away from home.
Here is what I am talking about when I said...(why you guys doing this the hard way) WMC/WMC Server and Emby all ready provide a seamless working solution. Streaming (Live or RecordedTV, Music, etc. ) to LAN or WAN without tuner sharing problems.
Minxster wrote:What I'm trying to find out is if there is a way to get WMC to use TVHeadEnd as the tuner source?
If.....you decided to try DVBLink Server, leave the tuners assigned/installed to Plex/TVHE. Do a Factory Reset on WMC. Install DVBLink and see if it recognizes the tuners (through your Plex/TVHE combo). If so, run the DVBLink add in from WMC Extra's and setup your "(Virtual Tuners... Plex/TVHE combo)" LiveTV/Guide must be working in DVBLink prior to importing into WMC.

I am leaning toward the first suggestion as being your best alternative.

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Post by Minxster » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:26 pm

Thanks for your response Crash, and for your time!

I've spent a lot of time with FreeNAS, virtualisation and Plex Server, so I'm in with Plex for the long haul. I'm not a Linux guy by any means, but the latest TVHeadEnd is really showing promise, OTA EPG and Multiplexing. However its a new install and I'm not reliant on it, so maybe I should re-think TVHeadEnd if DVBLink can fill the gap better.

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Post by Crash2009 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:09 pm

I miss understood what you were asking when I threw Server BDA out there. Server BDA is used to copy the BDA files from a Television Enabled O/S, then the files are injected into an O/S that is unable to play Television. Server 2012 was just used as an example. Server BDA can also be used to remove and replace specific TV files if you can ever figure out which ones need replacing, if any.

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Post by Minxster » Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:33 pm

It's all good here Crash :thumbup: ;)

On as side note, I've been testing with Windows 2016 Server VMs to see what Docker and Linux-on-Windows can bring, just to see if it's feasible to decrease the number of servers I'm running. That's where TVHeadEnd came ;)

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Post by Crash2009 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:55 pm

Minxster wrote: I've been testing with Windows 2016 Server VMs
have you considered this?

https://forums.mydigitallife.net/thread ... tp4.65614/

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