DVBLink server on Intel HTPC under Openelec / XBMC?

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DVBLink server on Intel HTPC under Openelec / XBMC?

Postby steppenwolf » Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:19 pm

Hi folks,

in short:
Can I install DVBLink server on my Intel based HTPC running XBMC instead of my NAS, and does this make sense?

Or longer:
I am looking for a successor to my Reel Multimedia Reelbox that I've used as a PVR solution so far. Now I found out about DVBLink, and this looks like all I need.
I did a lot of reading on several forums (including this one) and wikis, but that has just left me confused about how to do the basic setup of my future PVR system.

Now, I've built an HTPC based on an Intel 34020 NUC that runs an XBMC / Openelec Installation. XBMC is running just fine - so far, so good.
I also have a Synology DS212 NAS that has all my recordings that I made so far using my Reelbox. All components are connected through a gigabit-LAN.

I want to use the Intel HTPC as my one and only Server for all media playback using XBMC, including LiveTV and TV recordings.
Additional features I want:
- HD Video for LiveTV and recording
- playback of all my old VDR-based TV-recordings stored on my NAS
- 3 TV-streams, one for LiveTV and 2 for recording
- full control of all functions by using my Logitech Harmony One remote

For that, I basically seem to have 2 options:

A) Use the DS212 NAS as DVBLink server, which provides LiveTV and TV recordings to the HTPC.
This seems to be pretty much a standard solution, but I am unsure if it is also the optimum solution:
Will the poor performance of the NAS chip (ARM Marvell Kirkwood) be a problem for handling HD TV?
Can I playback my VDR-recordings properly with XBMC and DVBLink then?
How do I achieve 3 TV-streams, since the NAS only has one USB-port for only one tuner?
How do I include a CAM-module for decrypting encrypted channels?

B) Install the DVBLink server on my Intel HTPC and use the DS 212 only to store the recordings.
The HTPC is off course far more capable than the NAS, and I would not have to rely on a LAN-connection for LiveTV (just for streaming back the recordings from the NAS)
Performance for HD TV hence should not be a problem in this config. But also in this option:
Can I playback my VDR-recordings properly with XBMC and DVBLink then?
How do I achieve 3 TV-streams, since the HTPC also has only one USB-port for only one tuner?
How do I include a CAM-module for decrypting encrypted channels?
And: Can I install DVBLink Server under Openelec / Linux, or would I have to Change my HTPC to a Windows System? Would DVBLink Server and Client (for XBMC) running on the same machine work and integrate seamlessly into XBMC?

Questions everywhere... :?: :?: :?:

I'm quite new to XBMC and I just found out about DVBLink.
So, any help of you guys would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thanks in advance,
Wolfgang
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Re: DVBLink server on Intel HTPC under Openelec / XBMC?

Postby johnmcenroy » Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:45 pm

Really interested in it also. I saw that DVBLink can be installed on Raspberry Pi with Openelec. Do you plan to make DVBLink for Openelec also for x86 PCs ?


Thanks
John
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Re: DVBLink server on Intel HTPC under Openelec / XBMC?

Postby Oberon » Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:45 pm

At the moment there is no direct way to install DVBLink on x86(_64) openelec systems.
You may try installing it manually by extracting the binary file tree from the deb file, copying it onto storage part of openelec and substituting all /usr/local/bin/dvblink in all xml files with a new path. You would also need to add manually dvblink startup script into automatic start sequence.
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