User Manual

1 Installation
2 Searching for channels
2.1 Satellite
2.1.1 Searching via OSD
2.1.2 Searching via the GUI
2.2 Cable and Terrestrial
2.2.1 Searching via OSD
2.2.2 Searching via the GUI
3 Selecting a channel
4 Showing Current/Next info
5 Extended Event Info
6 The Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
7 Scheduler
8 Recordings
A Selecting the video mode
A.1 Windows
A.2 External video out
 

History:
6 January 2002 - Initial release for DVBTV v0.1.3
21 January 2002 - Updated for release v0.1.4
11 February 2002 - Updated for release v0.2.3

 

1. Installation

The current beta does not contain an installer. Installation is done by unzipping the DVBTV.zip file to e.g. 'C:\Program Files\'. Next create a shortcut to the DVBTV.exe file and place it on the desktop.

If you would like to load your channel list at startup then add the filename (including the full path) of the channel list as a startup parameter:

"C:\Program Files\DVBTV\DVBTV.exe" "C:\Program Files\DVBTV\Channellist.tv"

2. Searching for channels

2.1 Satellite

DVBTV offers a quick scan option to search for channels. The quick scan option uses a predefined satellite list which contains transponder information of satellites at 32 different orbital positions.
For each satellite transponder characteristics (Frequency, Polarity, Symbol Rate and FEC) are stored in the satellite list. Using the predefined characteristics of the various satellite transponders greatly decreases the time it takes to scan a satellite.

To speed up the scan it is best to disable all debugging options. Either in the 'Debug'-menu switch off the 'Debug Mode' or in the 'Debug'-window disable all debug options. The latter option will not completely switch off the 'Debug Mode'. Some limited progress information such as channel and PID information is shown.

2.1.1 Searching via OSD

To start the scan press the 'Menu'-button and select 'Channel Search'. Press the 'OK'-button.

The channel search progress window will appear. By default, the first satellite in the satellite list is selected. To select a different satellite use the 'Left' or 'Right'-button to select 'Satellite' in the context menu. Next press the 'OK'-button. A list with all predefined satellites will appear. Select the satellite you would like to scan an press the 'OK'-button.

To start the scan, select 'Start' and press the 'OK'-button. To stop the search use the 'Left' or 'Right'-button to select 'Stop' and press the 'OK'-button.

The scan is completed once the progress bar reports 100%.

2.1.2 Searching via the GUI

To start the quick scan select 'Tools->Channel Search->Quick'-menu. A new window will appear:

Select the satellite you would like to scan and press the 'OK'-button. The scan will start automatically.

Once the scan is completed you can save the channel list and edit it using FavEdit.

If you would like to edit the predefined satellite list for example to change the LNB setup use SatEdit.

2.2 Cable and Terrestrial

DVBTV uses a predefined frequency list which makes it easy to scan for channels. To speed up the scan it is best to disable all debugging options. Either in the 'Debug'-menu switch off the 'Debug Mode' or in the 'Debug'-window disable all debug options. The latter option will not completely switch off the 'Debug Mode'. Some limited progress information such as channel and PID information is shown.

2.2.1 Searching via OSD

To start the scan press the 'Menu'-button and select 'Channel Search'. Press the 'OK'-button.
Next select 'Start' and press the 'OK'-button. To stop the search use the 'Left' or 'Right'-button to select 'Stop' and press the 'OK'-button.

The scan is completed once the progress bar reports 100%.

2.2.2 Searching via the GUI

To start the quick scan select 'Tools->Channel Search->Quick'-menu. The quick scan for terrestrial will start immediately (although not functioning 100% yet). For cable the following window will appear:

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All you need to do is set the QAM and Symbol Rate and press the 'OK'-button.  The scan will start automatically.

The QAM and Symbol Rate are stored into the registry. These values will also be used by the OSD channel search.

3. Selecting a channel

The DVBTV channel list is divided in favorite groups. This makes it easy to find your favorite channel between hundreds or even thousands of available channels. For example you could group all sports channels under a specific 'Sports'-favorite, all music channels under 'Music' and group all movie channels under the favorite 'Movies'.

Before selecting a channel you will first need to select the 'Favorite' under which the channel is located. When loading a channel list the Favorites list is automatically shown using On Screen Display (OSD). The OSD Favorite list can be removed by pressing the 'Exit'-button.

When using the mouse you select a favorite in the 'Favorites'-window. After selecting the favorite you can select the channel in the 'Channel'-window.
You can also select a favorite using the OSD Favorite list. If no favorite has been selected then the OSD favorite list will appear automatically when you press the 'Up', 'Down' or 'List'-button. Once the favorite list is on screen you can walk through the list using the 'Up' and 'Down'-buttons. Press the 'OK'-button to select the favorite.
After selecting the favorite, the OSD channel list will appear. Use the 'Up' and 'Down' buttons to step one channel up or down. Use the 'Left' and 'Right' buttons to move a page either forward or backward. Select a channel by pressing the 'OK'-button.

You can switch between the OSD channel list and OSD favorites list by using the 'List'-button.

4. Showing Current/Next info

When selecting a channel the current/next info will appear automatically when available. To manually display the current next info press the 'OK'-button.

5. Extended Event Info

To display the extended event info of the current program press the 'Info'-button. Press the 'Info'-button again to show the extended event info of the next program.
To remove extended event info press the 'Info'-button again or press the 'Exit'-button.

6. The Electronic program guide (EPG)

Some providers broadcast an Electronic Program Guide (in short EPG). If an EPG is available you retrieve it by pressing the 'EPG'-button. Use the 'Up' and 'Down' buttons to select a program. Use the 'Left' and 'Right' buttons to move a page either forward or backward.

By default the EPG for the selected channel will be shown. To switch to the EPG of all channels in the current stream press the 'List'-button. Press the 'List'-button again to switch back to the EPG of the selected channel.

A context menu can be made available by pressing the 'Menu'-button. The context menu contains the options 'Record', 'Auto Zap' and 'Refresh'. Pressing the 'Menu'-button again removes the context menu.

If you select 'Record', the selected program will be added to the scheduler for recording. If you select 'Auto Zap' then the selected program will be added to the scheduler for automatic zapping. Once the program starts DVBTV will then automatically zap to this program, however it will not be recorded.

Extended event info about a program can be shown by pressing the 'Info'-button.

7. Scheduler

DVBTV allows you to schedule programs for both automatic zapping and recording. Automatic zapping means that DVBTV will automatically zap to the program when it starts. It does not record the program. To record a program it must be scheduled for recording.

Scheduled programs for automatic zapping are identified in the scheduler list by '(Z)' in front of the program name. Scheduled programs for recording are identified in the scheduler list by '(R)' in front of the program name.

A context menu can be made available by pressing the 'Menu'-button. The context menu contains the options 'Add', 'Edit' and 'Remove'. Pressing the 'Menu'-button again removes the context menu.

In a future release 'Add' will allow you to manually add programs to the scheduler and 'Edit' will allow you to edit the selected program. Currently both these features are only available via the 'Tools->Scheduler'-menu.
'Remove' removes the selected program from the scheduler.

8. Recordings

To play back any programs recorded by DVBTV press the 'Menu'-button and select 'Recordings'. The available recordings can be selected using the 'OK'-button or via the 'Menu'-button. The extended event info of a recording can be made available via the 'Info'-button.

A. Selecting the video mode

A.1 Windows

When using DVBTV for the first time it will automatically determine the video mode. For most graphic cards the determined mode is the correct one. If, however, you would like to manually override the automatically selected video mode you can select your favorite mode in the 'Tools->Video Mode'-menu. DVBTV stores the selected mode into the registry and will then always use the selected mode.

The 'Tools->Video Mode'-menu also allows you switch to 'Full Screen'-mode and to enable or disable 'BOB Mode'. You can also use 'Ctrl-F' to either switch to or switch out of 'Full Screen'-mode. The 'Ctrl-B' key combination will either enable or disable 'BOB Mode'.

A.2 External video out

The external video out is switched off by default when starting DVBTV for the first time. To enable the video out open the 'Tools-Video Mode'-menu and select the video out mode that you prefer. Next time DVBTV starts, it will automatically switch to the video out mode that you selected.

 

 


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