DV Scheduler

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DV Scheduler
DV Scheduler is an application for TV viewing, recording, and streaming. It currently supports ATSC, DVB-C, DVB-S, and DVB-T (and partial support for analogue TV, FM radio, USB cameras, and other DirectShow enabled devices). Once installed it allows control and use of the capture devices through a standard web browser, either locally or through a network or internet.

Main features:
  • Unrestricted multiple recording, viewing, and streaming of channels in the same frequency multiplex with one capture card. Multiple recording, viewing, and streaming of different channels in the same frequency multiplex will use only one card, optimizing card usage.
  • Watch TV locally and over a network/LAN. The TV client is multi-platform including Windows, Linux and Mac.
  • Preview and watch multiple channels at the same time on multiple independent windows.
  • Saving recording as an MPEG program stream (MPEG-PS) and at the same time saving the teletext subtitle in SubViewer format (SRT).
  • Streaming over a network (UDP, RTP, HTTP, etc).
  • Vertical and horizontal EPG themes with color categories. If used in conjunction with XMLTVedt multiple EPG sources can be combined and conflicting EPG times can be shown in red.
  • One-click recording and Auto-Add feature to automatically schedule recordings based on keywords.
  • Customizable output format to allow watching, network streaming, on-the-fly transcoding, and more, of the digital broadcast.
  • Capture engine(s) used are configurable, allowing use of different capture engines.
Download DV Scheduler version 5.68 here (Windows installer) (Readme); the source is here. [Updated 2013/04/28]

DV Scheduler is based on DVB Web Scheduler version 4.0.14 which can be downloaded here and the source here. Be aware that there are differences between the compiled installer version and the source (i.e. broken and missing features in the source).


Installation
Before installing DV Scheduler, please install Java 7 or later. It is also recommended that you install VLC (during VLC installation tick "Mozilla plugin" and "ActiveX plugin"). Note that DV Scheduler was tested with VLC 2.0.5 - there is a strong possibility that other versions may not work due to frequent changes (syntax change, bugs, etc).

To install DV Scheduler simply run the installer. This will start the installation.

For digital broadcasts DV Scheduler uses DVPiper which has two available tuning methods. To change tuning method for a device, go to "Select Devices" and choose either "Normal" or "Fast".
By default DV Scheduler uses "Fast"; if this doesn't work with your device or broadcast, then try "Normal".
Q/A
How do you view the colored subtitle files?
  • For a free media player with built-in subtitle viewer try Media Player Classic - Home Cinema; it is also available bundled with various codecs here.
    Alternatively you can use DirectVobSub filter or ffdshow filter with media players that use Directshow filters. To register the DirectVobSub filter enter "regsvr32 VSFilter.dll" from a command prompt.
Can't lock/scan/find any channel in Windows 7?
  • Try disabling "Windows Media Center". Go to "Control Panel", select "Programs and Features", then click on "Turn Windows Features on or off"; from the list, find "Media Features", expand it, then untick "Windows Media Center".
Getting java error in Windows 64 bit?
  • Try installing java 32 bit.
Can't lock/scan/find any channel with HDHomeRun?
  • HDHomeRun is a network tuner, so if you have Windows Firewall or any other firewall running on your computer, check that it's not blocking HDHomeRun traffic.
Computer won't wake up from sleep to do a scheduled recording?
  • Ensure wake timers are enabled. In Windows 7, go to "Control Panel", select "Power Options". Click on "Change plan settings" on the currently active power plan, then click on "Change advanced power settings"; from the list, find "Sleep", then "Allow wake timers", and enable all the items.
Can't load EPG files from a network folder?
  • Use the actual path instead of a mapped drive. Also turn off password protected sharing, and make sure DVSTray is running. Also see below for an alternative.
Can't manipulate (copy, delete, etc) files in a network folder?
  • If DV Scheduler was installed as a service, then you'd need to enable null session shares. For an example see here
Can you watch on a phone or tablet?
  • Channel Preview using Firefox and BSPlayer on Android is known to work. If you're watching over a mobile network (not over Wi-Fi) you can try transcoding the video to a lower bit rate using VLC, however the transcoding function (as of VLC 2.0.5) is unstable and sometime crashes. You'd also need a fast computer to be able to do real-time transcoding.
Changing the computer's date/time may result in strange behavior by DV Scheduler. Stop DV Scheduler before changing the computer's date/time.

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