You’re more than welcome to return the dongle. I will test it upon receipt and check if it is indeed faulty. Regardless of whether there’s an issue, we can certainly issue you with a refund.
Fortunately I was able to work on DVB today and I’m now happy to say that support has been added for DVB-T2 for the OSMC dongle. This gives you Freeview HD in the UK. If you’d like to try this before returning, do let me know.
You may be able to use your other dongle for DVB-T2, but we can’t guarantee this compatibility with other devices. There are thousands of devices out there; but we will do our best to support other chips.
Development was for the OSMC dongle in mind. It would be interesting to see how you get on using this device. If you do keep the device I can raise a credit on your account towards a future order.
It does look to me like your OSMC stick is faulty, but here are a few things you should know.
As the 700MHz clearance programme goes through, it is almost impossible to find out what frequencies (channels) your transmitter will be using from time to time. The powers that be assume you will just let your TV re-scan the whole spectrum.
w_scan does re-scan the whole spectrum so should pick up all the transmissions in your area. TVHeadend does not do a full scan by default, it just picks up the ‘channels’ put out on each mux. Because of the difficulty of finding information, I suspect it will be a long time before the pre-defined networks in the TVH database match the real world. Hence the need to use the method in the HowTo Sam linked, or use w_scan. If you do use w_scan, you will still have to manually transcribe the mux details into TVH, probably just the frequencies.
It will not be obvious which mux is carrying T2 (HD) channels in the TVH webui. You will never see ‘T2’ appearing anywhere unless you drill down to the mux details. If you are not getting HD channels, it’s possible they have re-used a mux frequency previously used for SD in your area so TVH is using the wrong signal parameters. I’ve added what a HD mux should look like in the HowTo.
If you still can’t get HD, screenshot your TVH muxes screen and PM me your address/postcode.
I’m still struggling to find out which frequencies you should be receiving. I think your signal comes from Guildford, right? (Your aerial should be pointing south).
Can you do a retune of your TV and just note down which “channel” number (or frequency) is showing when the list of “services” (aka channels!) gets loads added to it. Guildford used to transmit channels 40,43,46.48,49 and 52 but from your screenshot 48, 52 and 49 have gone, replaced with 32,34,42 and 45.
If your TV is HD, you should be able to see which channel/frequency is showing when the HD services are added. They will be called BBC1 HD etc. They used to be on channel 40 (626MHz) but I suspect they have moved to 32 or 34 and that’s the problem.
Yes the signal is Guildford I looked up the frequency online before and you are right should be 626Mhz but that’s also used for SD. I tried changing to DVB-T2 but it fails to scan I might be not be changing all relevant settings.
From that, it seems you are getting your signals from Hannington (your aerial should be pointing west), and HD services are on channel 39 (618MHz) which w_scan has failed to recognise. Try adding a new mux in TVH like this:
@grahamh, before seeing your reply with the new frequency, I tried all the frequencies w_scan sort of partially detected and I found two of them that work with DVB-T2 settings as per How_to settings you and Sam already mentioned:
I tried using 618167000 Hz and it detected the same channels as 617833000 however it didn’t seem to report correct the service channel number.
Considering that 617833000 is what w_scan detected and that 618167000 was not detected as well as channel service number was not fully detected I’m going to stick with the two frequencies in my previous channel list.
I now have a total of 21 out of 22 DVB-T2 channels mapped.
@grahamh thank you very much for your help and for pointing me towards the right direction. The links you posted above also clear things out a bit and I am receving on channel 39 615.25-621.25Mhz which is what comes up with my exact address.
I will return this on Monday, fairly sure it’s faulty, and I’m sure the one I have has the same chip so a refund is much appreciated. Thanks a lot for sorting out support for DVB-T2 on vero so promptly, works perfectly.
@nirvana80 Does it make it a difference, if you do a bulk edit of all muxes, set
Bandwidth to 8 Mhz
PLP ID to 0
but all other fields to AUTO?
The OSMC stick should support this and for German DVB-T2 this works great. Would mean a lot of things which can be neglected and you only have to care about possible frequencies.
A complete list of all possible frequencies (in theory) should give the predefined mux template “–Generic–: auto-Default” you can find in your network config. But using this means to bulk edit all these muxes to use DVB-T2, 8 MHz and PLP ID 0.
There’s nothing wrong with the dongle; however it seems we’ve accidentally sent out our 2nd generation OSMC tuner in advance. This uses a Sony based demodulator instead of a Panasonic one, which explains why you would have experienced issues!
I’ve refunded your original payment method as per your request.