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Getting Help / Re: Slow file transfer
May 26, 2024, 10:50:18 AM
Quote from: NBOSTI on May 25, 2024, 10:03:29 PMHad no issues then, can I run an Ethernet cable from the IceBox direct to my iMac for file transfer but maintain a WiFi connection for IceTV service?
It looks possible, but tricky. See posts #8 and #9 at

Quote from: NBOSTI on May 25, 2024, 10:03:29 PMMy modem/router is quite some distance from Entertainment centre, and running e/net cables across flooring, walls and ceiling  is very inconvenient.
If you have a reasonably young house, and modern wiring, it would probably be worth looking at powerline adapters to give you just an ethernet connection for both internet and file transfer. In my experience, with an older house, data transfer rates are pretty woeful and probably not good enough for reliably streaming live TV or playing recordings via a PC. You could also try a wifi extender,but again, depending on how good they might be, could be equally limiting with regard to data transfer. I have no experience with them, but I have recently installed a wifi6 mesh system that does make a reasonable fist of data transfer over about a 15 metre distance, running in "wifi access mode" rather than as a separate router, with ethernet ports that can be used to either directly connect individual devices or a number via a router or switch. I get good performance streaming live TV or recordings from my IceBox BYO, and of course the icebox is always connected to the internet through this link.

Edit: If all you're looking for is an internet connection to update the IceBox from IceTV servers, then I think relatively cheap powerline adapters should do the job. Maybe keep the wifi mesh system on ice for when you need good wifi coverage for other devices.
10HD is the only channel in Canberra broadcasting 5.1 channel AC3 sound. It's possible that this is causing your sound issues on playback.

Unfortunately it looks like the Beyonwiz forum has died, but I seem to recall some posts about AC3 downmix, and Google (limited in what it shows of the forum posts) has "AC3 downmix is on by default" and "If downmixing is enabled then all channels are treated the same".

I'd take a look at that, and if downmixing is off (or disabled), then try on (or enabled).
Getting Help / Re: Slow file transfer
May 19, 2024, 04:25:35 PM
Quote from: IanL-S on May 19, 2024, 11:42:28 AMMy recollection is that copying via SAMBA os quite swift, although I rarely use it (mainly because of flaky windows support for SMABA). I use SFTP most of the time, using various ftp clients, but mainly FileZilla. You need to enable SSH in KODI settings in the "services" tab, and set a password (not a good idea to disable password requirement).
I've never seen any issues, either with SAMBA, or speed of file transfer from IceBox BYO to a Windows 11 PC. I suspect cabling or this ->Mac<-.

If wireless, then a whole other story.
Quote from: GaiO IceTV on May 12, 2024, 03:58:48 PMHi Raymond,checking this episode of The Insiders,on ABC our guide is showing this episode correctly as Series 2024, Episode 14 - Angus Taylor, Shadow Treasurer and NOT marked as a repeat. It is repeated at 5.00am Monday if you did miss it.  It was updated to the correct episode 24 hours or so ago so I'm wondering if your box is actually logging in to get updates?
Cheers Gai
Thanks Gai. My IceBox BYO is polling regularly, but not to say it may have missed a beat here or there with unreliability of an NBN connection.

However, I don't think that's the issue so much as IceBox having not updated when it should have.

I was also relying on information from the IceTV XML feed which updates my TV Scheduler Pro installation at 6.30 pm every day, so if the status of Insiders was changed yesterday, it would either have been after 6.30 pm, or if before, then it just didn't register there either.

Edit: Screenshot taken 6.00 pm Sunday 12 May of Web page entry for today's Insiders Repeat. Clearly not all right here.

Insiders (ABC and ABC News) 9.00 am this morning did not look like a repeat to me. I suspect that it was marked as such because Angus Taylor featured as an interviewed guest quite recently, I think February 2024.

All other broadcasts of this episode are correctly marked as repeats, but that won't be any comfort to those who have the program set to record first runs only.

I think it's reasonable to say that mislisting this program is not a trivial mistep.
Quote from: denny09 on May 06, 2024, 03:38:29 PMAre we any closer to getting the images for programmes as many of them are still blank. At least all Movies should have an image majority do but there are still some that don't. This is the current view of my Emby and you can see the ones that don't have an image have text only.
I think this is more an issue for Emby than IceTV.
Getting Help / Re: subtitles by default
May 06, 2024, 05:47:59 PM
Quote from: IanL-S on May 06, 2024, 04:37:52 PMIn prior generation of LibreELEC *.ts files sometimes played closed captions. On a slightly different issue, the current build is better at isolating the closed captions, it is just in the case of *.ts the play refuses to show them.
It's possible earlier generations of LibreELEC / Kodi displayed subtitles, either in Live TV or recorded TV .ts files, and I suggested a year or so ago that it may have been a re-engineering of Kodi Nexus that might have changed that.

But hey, the main message is that subtitles can be enabled/disabled by default in IceBox, or individually for Live TV channels and/or recordings (matroska format) or videos (including those which do not have subtitles embedded in a matroska container, but do have an associated srt file), by setting the subtitle language under Player in Kodi settings.
Getting Help / Re: subtitles by default
May 06, 2024, 02:51:03 PM
Quote from: IanL-S on May 06, 2024, 01:15:05 PMI gather from Delta Mike Charlie that there is (still) active development taking place of the TVHeadend add-on.

Not sure why closed captions are not working with *.ts; my recollection is that it is a known problem - it is not a TVHeadend problem but a Kodi problem (if I recall correctly).
There are 80 pages of entries for the Kodi TVHeadend PVR section in the Kodi forum going back to 2011, so it's not as if someone just discovered it. The thread I referred to, and perhaps what Delta Mike Charlie was talking about, was Tvheadend - The Saga Continues, where the opening statement dated 6 February 2024 states "... after too many years of bumping along in maintenance mode, a few folks have got together and made the effort to "reboot" the Tvheadend project. We're still very short of active developers and dedicated focus, but we've made a start.

The issue with .ts files is probably academic for most IceBox users who will be satisfied with the matroska format output for TV recordings. As you say, my conclusion is that it is a Kodi-wide issue.

As a matter of interest, for anyone using the IceBox as a media player for files not generated by IceBox, subtitles are also displayed for mkvs with embedded subtitles using the IceBox player, and even for other video files where there are external subtitle files present.
Getting Help / Re: subtitles by default
May 06, 2024, 11:39:21 AM
I just picked this up from the Kodi Community Forum "Settings-Player-Language-preferred subtitle languange <- this has to match your subtitle".

It is working for me in IceBox. Also in Kodi 21.0 Omega for Windows using the TVHeadend HTSP client and IceBox as the back end, but not when using the Kodi Enigma2 PVR client and a Beyonwiz T2 as the back end. Why I do not know, yet!

It is also working on IceBox recordings made to the (now default) matroska format, not with recordings made to the .ts (pass) format. Again I do not know why, when this format definitely carries the subtitles when viewed with an external player such as MPC-BE configured with its internal mpeg splitter to split .ts files into video audio and subtitle streams. It may be because of some limitations of the Kodi player splitter.

Moreover, the subtitles in IceBox can be switched on or off for individual channels in Live TV, without setting as default for all media, and they appear to stick through channel changes and IceBox reboots. This may need to be confirmed by other users, also the stickiness of enabling/disabling subtitles in recordings which I have not tested thoroughly.

Why this solution has not been made clear in Kodi documentation is not clear to me, but there is a thread in the Kodi forum about "reactivating" the TVHeadend project which is puzzling because of the ubiquitousness and popularity of TVHeadend in linux installations. Perhaps if it were engineered to work in Windows there might be greater interest, or perhaps at the root of all this is the pervasive disregard of the needs of the hard of hearing.

Edit: There are some other comments/settings in the original post that might be worth exploring.
Getting Help / Re: subtitles by default
May 03, 2024, 06:22:11 PM
Quote from: Ian_AW on May 03, 2024, 03:31:26 PMThanks, I've set them while watching live TV and they do not stick. The same for recordings. Selecting the "Set as default for all media" gives a warning but as soon as I go back to normal view, they're gone.
As I recall this issue with TV subtitles was Kodi-wide with Nexus, and I've just confirmed that subtitles can be set for Live TV in Kodi 21.0 Omega for Windows, and they will stick, but only for the channel they have been set on, not for all media. It was always a long shot that it would be fixed in LibreELEC, but one always hoped that the tech gurus might have found a way in the latest IceBox update.

My thinking is that Kodi from Nexus on (and perhaps even before that) is engineered for North American TV, and the rest of the world on PAL can go whistle.
Getting Help / Re: subtitles by default
May 03, 2024, 02:12:17 PM
Quote from: Ian_AW on May 03, 2024, 11:21:33 AMIs there a way to set it as a default setting?
have you tried setting them while live TV is playing?

Quote from: TimC on May 02, 2024, 03:20:16 PMHowever, I am now wondering if the latest update is having an impact on the Startup routines.

My whole problem started when I tried the Soft Reset.  The Reboot stalled mid-reset and then nothing worked. I suspect that the soft reset is dependent on a reboot being successful, i.e. Interrupting the reboot stuffs up the reset process.

Rebooting is not something I do very often, but I never had any issues rebooting before the latest update.
It almost sounds like the issue IceBox users were having with the SSD. If it were me I would try a completely new install, following the procedures as suggested for a BYO setup, and see if that stabilises things.
Quote from: Ian_AW on April 29, 2024, 01:31:34 PMDo all the other folders need to be there? Some are getting close to a year old.
As I understand it the folder option(s) are there in case one wishes to have "like" recordings grouped together, like say "ABC News". Your folders are there waiting for other instances of recordings "like" those originally recorded to those folders. So if there is no intention to record "like" series, there's no point in keeping the folders. IceBox doesn't know that, so to remove them they must be deleted manually, either through the IceBox GUI or the SMB shares.

Personally I don't use the folder option(s), and they can be disabled in the TVHeadend GUI at Configuration|Recording|Digital Video Recording Profiles|Subdirectory Settings.
Quote from: NBOSTI on April 27, 2024, 10:24:25 PMIf you run a Mac, could you see if you get the same?
I only have Macs running in vMs, and have comskip disabled. So an atypical setup and probably not worth trying, particularly in light of IanL-S's recent post. The suggestion is wait a while and see if the adskip files eventually disappear.
Quote from: NBOSTI on April 27, 2024, 07:41:33 PMThe thing is after I watch a recording on the Icebox and delete it a folder still shows up in "Finder" for that recording.
If you are deleting the mkvs using the iMac, then try deleting them through the IceBox interface and see if that fixes your problem.