PVR suggestions (UK FreeSat DVB-S)

I have an old satellite PVR (Humax FoxSat-HDR) that’s starting to fail, so I plan to replace it… The question is, with what?

Option 1 - Commercial consumer product, dual tuner: e.g. Humax HDR-1100S or similar. Closed source, internal hard disk.

Option 2 - OSMC + 2 x USB DVB-S tuners. Open source. Synology NAS disk store.

I just wondered if Option 2 is really easy and practical yet?

  • How easy is TVHeadEnd to set up on OSMC?

  • How well does it support the UK’s FreeSat services?
    - Does it understand the FreeSAT EPG properly?
    - Does it label its recordings in a simple way?

  • Are there any known reliable USB DVB-S2 receiver modules for OSMC / TvHeadEnd and UK FreeSat?

  • For reliable dual-tuner recordings, would the OSMC PVR need its own computer? Or is my Vero2 powerful enough to play back MKV recordings on my TV whilst recording two other DVB-S channels?

Thanks for any pointers or opinions!

  • Martin

I had the same question 3 years ago, albeit DVB-T rather than DVB-S. With option 2 you do have to be prepared to roll up your sleeves a bit vs a dedicated machine, but you will gain a lot in flexibiiity and you will get lots more support in here than you will from Humax if things go wrong.

TVH is not complicated to set up for DVB-T so I assume it will be similar for Freesat. Someone else might be able to advise on 2 tuners+playback on vero2.

Have you checked with the hummy.tv forums to see if there are any good options for fixing the box?

I have the exact same query. Getting DVB-S tuners seems to be an issue though.

USB DVB-S2 tuners are not easy or cheap to get hold of, last time I looked into it a single USB tuner generally cost more than a dual tuner consumer box, but if you can get the tuners at a reasonable price then I would think it should work well.

I’ve had TVH running with dual tuners (DVB-T not S) recording and playing back another video at the same time all on a Pi1 so I don’t think the more powerful vero2 would have any problems.

Thinking about it if you have a Synology NAS it might be worth looking into running TVHeadEnd on that, I know it can be run on a Synology and it would be less network traffic when recording that way.

Good point about running TVHeadEnd on my NAS - I hadn’t thought of that.
I can only get satellite based TV here in the wilds of Devon so it has to be DVB-S2.

Slightly off topic now but any ideas if a Formuler F1 box, or a similar DVB-S2 box, would allow recording to a NAS.

Thanks for all the replies!

The Hauppauge 461e DVB-S2 stick seems to be 69 Euros at http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/site/webstore/webstore_product.html?prod=24

But I’d need two of them! It claims to be supported in Linux kernel 3.14 onwards - but I don’t know if it’s well supported in TVHeadEnd.

https://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Pinnacle_PCTV_DVB-S2_Stick_(461e)

I guess I’d also need a powered USB hub, because the two DVB-S2 sticks would need to power the quad LNB on my dish.

Hmmm, seems to be supported in TVHeadEnd but not without annoying bugs e.g. FreeSat HD channels not working…

https://tvheadend.org/boards/5/topics/17892

Guess I’d need to hunt for known-good tuners on https://tvheadend.org and its forums.

I wonder about using an old laptop as a DVDHeadEnd server. I can’t easily run satellite cabling to my Synology.

For comparison… The Humax HDR-1100S - a dual-tuner DVB-S PVR - costs something like 150 to 300 Euros depending on disk size (500GB, 1TB or 2TB).

If you’re in the UK, you could get Freeview with a DVB-T2 tuner quite cheaply. I think it should offer a similar channel offering as DVB-S2 (Freesat).

Sam

Good thought… But our terrestrial reception is a bit poor, so we prefer satellite

When did you last check that? I had the same problem years ago but since the switchover I can now get DVB-T2 perfectly using an old aerial in the loft.

I think [some] DVB-S2 sticks come with a separate PS for this. One less thing to buy.