EyeTV dead for me

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saul
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Re: EyeTV dead for me

Post by saul » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:25 pm

Sammy2 wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:43 am
saul wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:17 pm
Sammy2 wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:01 pm
Emby.
Yes, I am now using Emby for recordings and the HDHomerun software for live tv like watching the news.

Emby does seem to be fairly sluggish using the web interface. First the delay while what I assume transcoding is happening/buffering. It then takes a lot of time to do anything like change channels. Bad also for fast-forward and rewind. Then there is the problem of doing too much ff/rw as it locks the video so have to re-queue. Also have the problem that if there is a glitch in the video feed the player may not be able to handle it from that point forward. Have to start up VLC to watch the rest of the video (after finding the file).

It seems that none of these are made for multiple windows - I have a 4 tuner box but can only see one at a time - no picture-in-picture.
These are issues that the developers are keenly aware and are working a solution. I'm not sure how well PlexDVR is handling things right now. I haven't used it in a while. Maybe I'll take a look-see again.
What I stated above reflects what is available today. It doesn't much matter what anyone is working on, what matters is what I can or can't use today. Geniatech is also aware that eyeTV has issues and its developers are working on solutions (at least the TVGuide issue). Silicondust has stated they are working on enhancing their software. They all are saying to hang on and things will get better.

chuckles67
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Re: EyeTV dead for me

Post by chuckles67 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:08 am

+1 I've been trying to continue using EyeTV but it's getting harder and harder (dropped HDHomeRun support, TV Guide subscription broken, occasional Mac OS panics during recording).

I'm happy to now have a SiliconDust DVR install working and making recordings with its television guide.

I'd like to offer my encouragement to SiliconDust team. I know it's really hard to make great software and great hardware with the realities of resource constraints and business pressures. I certainly appreciate the great things you are doing.

Earl Noe
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Re: EyeTV dead for me

Post by Earl Noe » Sat May 11, 2019 12:19 am

You can find detailed instructions on automating the daily download of TV schedules in xml format and loading them into EyeTV, which has built in provision for them. The result is very much like the defunct TVGuide. It was been working fine for me and I will probably continue with this system if and whenever EyeTV restores its scheduling scheme.

See the posts here, and handy PDF Guide to setting the system up. There are also threads giving info for using schedulesdirect listings:

https://eyetvforum.com/index.php?/topic ... mment-4496

saul
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Re: EyeTV dead for me

Post by saul » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:06 am

New version out that restores HDHomeRun support (dual tuner only?). Also uses new guide. Still 32-bit.
https://www.geniatech.eu/download/eyetv-3-6-9-7528/

TonVH
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Re: EyeTV dead for me

Post by TonVH » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:22 am

saul wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:06 am
New version out that restores HDHomeRun support (dual tuner only?). Also uses new guide. Still 32-bit.
https://www.geniatech.eu/download/eyetv-3-6-9-7528/
Correct but only for the dual version. Still no support for quad decoders. And I am almost certain that they will correct this 'feature' in the next update.

jelockwood
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Re: EyeTV dead for me

Post by jelockwood » Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:50 am

For fellow Mac refugees.

I started off with EyeTV many, many years ago with USB based tuners. There are still many things it does better than most others such as PIP, DVB subtitles (not supported still by Silicondust). It even has built-in cell level editing for recordings.

Currently I am using Windows Media Center which I regard still as the best ever Media Center despite now being discontinued. I run this on a Mac mini via Boot Camp. It supports my HDHomeRun Quattro with four DVB-T2 tuners, it supports DVB subtitles, it supports MHEG-5 'red button' features, it can do HDTV. As Microsoft deliberately sabotaged their EPG I now use the free EPG Collector software to extract DVB guide data and import that in to Windows, admittedly this is only 7 days data but it does the job. (There is a similar tool to import SchedulesDirect EPG data.)

The main drawback is that whilst there is a network DVB-S2 tuner option for EyeTV for Mac there is no option for a network DVB-S2 tuner for Windows. (SiliconDust sort of announced one but never shipped it.)

TonVH
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Re: EyeTV dead for me

Post by TonVH » Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:11 am

Who want to buy a Mini (quite expensive) and then use Bootcamp/run Windows?????

Better that switch to either TV-Mosaic of TVHeadend.

GASman
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Re: EyeTV dead for me

Post by GASman » Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:55 pm

I too have been an EyeTV user until yesterday - Catalina Day!

I have simple needs of a Mac TV tuner setup, which EyeTV met very well. The only problem is that Geniatech failed to anticipate the need for 64 bit software, so on updating to Mac OS Catalina - no EyeTV!!

I've ordered a SiliconDust HDHomeRun but have yet to take delivery. I'm already a bit disappointed though to learn that there is no facility in the DVR software to edit recorded programs. I have been archiving some sports recordings and EyeTV was simplicity itself to use. The EPG was very legible and easy to use - who needs flash pictures on an EPG - a screen sized grid of programs can be scanned much more easily. The simple 'scissors' editing tools in EyeTV allowed me to cut the advertisements out of a 90 minute, say, recording, and compact the recording, in under a minute. Then converting the resulting file to an Apple preferred format was one touch of a button.

With HDHR software I'm going to have to use a video editing tool - which is pain in the proverbial!

So...... Improvements required: Simpler EPG, and simple video editing capability.

saul
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Re: EyeTV dead for me

Post by saul » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:12 am

Geniaitech public beta of 64-bit EyeTV 4 announced: https://eyetvforum.com/index.php?/topic ... a-preview/

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