Yes it could work very well but even if you do have a real Television it could 
work even better.
Imagine being able to make 4 recordings at once using the Tuner and then stream 
them back to your Smart Television at a later time? All sounds mighty fine to 
me.


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Steve Matzura
Sent: Thursday, 27 December 2018 1:13 AM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] TV Tuners revisited

This sounds like something that could work very well  for a totally blind 
over-the-air or cable TV-watcher who doesn't want or need a real television.


On 12/26/2018 12:43 AM, Dane Trethowan wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> As other list members may remember I bought a Silicondust TV Tuner a little 
> while ago but have only now found the time to get the unit up and running.
> Silicondust specialise in TV tuners and several models are mode.
> Mine is the 4 tuner version so 4 FTA TV programmes can be viewed at once, 3 
> recorded at once whilst another is viewed and so on.
> The tuner is straight forward enough, just a small 4 inch square box with 3 
> connectors.
> One connector for your TV aerial, another for the DC power supply and the 
> remainder is a LAN connector so the Tuner can connect to your Home network.
> Connection to the Home Network is the key here as the tuner is designed to 
> stream around the house via the network.
> That means you can use Apps on your devices to call up a programme to watch 
> at any time.
> For example I use VLC on my Android and IOS devices to select a channel to 
> view.
> So that’s the very basics but what if you want to go further and actually 
> view a programme guide and schedule recordings from there/ That can be done 
> though it took me a little while to find an accessible way of doing this but 
> I persisted and with the help of Google I’ve found a useable and accessible 
> solution.
> Unfortunately the software that Silicondust bundles with their TV tuners is 
> extremely grotty and even reviewers suggest a third party alternative.
> One of these alternatives just happens to be the Plex Media Server with a 
> Plex Pass which I already have.
> Setting up Plex to recognise the Silicondust TV Tuner was easier than I 
> expected.
> All I had to do was select PVR from the settings menu and I was guided 
> through the setup thanks to a wizard in the HTML interface.
> The wizard detected the connected tuner and even did the channel scanning 
> after I had specified my location and world region.
> Plex then gave me a choice of local tV Programe guides for my region and then 
> commenced the download of the guide which took a little time.
> The guide is presented in the HTML interface though manipulating the guide 
> may take some getting used to depending on how the guide is actually 
> presented on screen.
> Recording is a snap, just press the Record button next to the programme you 
> wish to schedule.
> A dialogue box then pops up so you may choose to record a series or just that 
> one particular episode etc.
> You can choose where the recordings are stored and they can go anywhere 
> including NAS storage drives if you would prefer.
> So that’s as far as I’ve gone with the Silicondust tuner and I’ll write more 
> as I discover.
> Apple TV users may also be in luck as there is an App/Subscription TV guide 
> service called Channels which uses an Apple TV App.
> I don’t as yet have an Apple TV so I have no idea just how useable this App 
> would be.
> Now that I know the Channels App is available I’m more tempted than ever to 
> shell out on an Apple TV and and see what results I can get with the Channels 
> and other Apps.





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