Archive for the ‘PVR’ Tag

At the end of the day – It’s all about service

In case you’ve been wondering, and I know you are all very concerned about this; CommandIR shipped me a replacement module which has solved my issues. It was simple to plug it in and have it work with Jaunty. They have great install instructions on their site as well. Thanks CommandIR!


Lirc Round Two

Do you collect miscellaneous computer parts? Sometimes they actually come in handy! I found a HP eHome transceiver in my bin and hooked it up to the server and I now have 2 set top boxes firing again. It relieves some of the familial pressure, but I need to get all four set top boxes in rotation. Fortunately most of the recorded programming is OTA high definition, though.

I did receive a response back from CommandIR this morning, and I responded with an invitation to work together over the phone, irc, instant messaging, chat and any other form of real time communication I could think of. Let’s see if they respond favorably.

Trouble with CommandIR

Unfortunately my Command IR II Internal has decided to go on the fritz. I have been working, VERY SLOWLY, with the CommandIR support person who will only deal via email even though I have called in as well.

In order to troubleshoot this problem I have installed multiple versions of Linux distributions and followed their instructions to the letter. I am now in search of another IR Blaster which doesn’t have SLOW or poor support options. This is a drastic difference compared to the comments they sent me last year when I purchased the unit and posted about it on this blog.

Linux HD PVR drivers now merged to V4L-DVB Tree

Janne’s HD PVR driver has been merged into the V4L-DVB tree. This means it will go into the mainline kernel and into distros as they are updated. Thanks to Janne and all the testers for their work in getting the device to a usable state! The release notes are below.

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CommandIR II takes the cake

And changes channels flawlessly! As I have mentioned earlier I originally had an IguanaIR device which was billed as 4 IR blasting capable ports. I could never get it to work with more than 2 devices and their support was terrible.

I purchased the CommandIR II, and installed it in an available USB header port on the motherboard. A pull from lirc cvs, a quick compile of the driver (make sure to choose CommandIR under USB devices) had me up and running in no time. I am still using a tuning plugin written by a fellow SageTVer, with a script I wrote to perform the channel changes. All is working great. –b

HD-PVR driver in Linux updated to support AC3

The development tree for the Hauppauge HD-PVR driver in Linux was recently updated to include AC3 support for the device.

“Adds support for AC3 as audio codec. Only available with firmware released
in August 2008.”

This suggests the new driver/firmware has been released but it is not locateable on Hauppauge web site. It should be immenent though. Looks like it is time to re-compile the driver! Point your Mercurial tools here for a clone.

Conversion to FiOS TV complete

Last night I, sadly, canceled my DirecTV service in favor of the Bundle Three from Verizon. I ended up saving about $100/mo in charges. It is hard to argue with that. Of course doing that required that I re-wire my media server space to accommodate the new VZ gear. I could have used a few more zip ties though. Check out the pic after the break..

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ir Blasting in Linux

I never realized how easy I had it by using the serial tuning plugin for DirecTV in SageTV. I recently switched to Verizon’s FiOS for all TV needs, their bundle pricing was too good to pass up. I also purchased a HD-PVR unit to capture HD streams.The only downside is that VZ does not allow for serial port tuning.

On a recommendation I purchased iguanaIR blaster which has suport for up to 4 devices. I set everything up trying different versions of lirc, etc., and finally settled in on the version hosted at Iguana Networks and using their prepackaged server software. With the help of the same friend, he has written a plugin for SageTV which executes a script whenever a tuning call is performed. The script is included after the break. Continue reading

ComChecker – Comskip for the Mac

I put together an application package of a script I wrote which runs comskip under wine on the Mac. You can download the application from here. BTW – I built the application in Platypus, very cool little app.

To use, you’ll need wine for OS X and download Erik’s Comskip. Configure locations of applications and other settings with the included Applescript.


SageTV Releases a new beta – 6.4.2

SageTV released a new beta of their product last night. I upgraded this morning. So far so good, one item of interest is that tweakers of the interface can now make the whole thing exportable! Their studio application now allows for STVi auto creation. This might reduce the need for the Dynamic Menu plugin.