Free App "vuplusTV": LiveTV streaming from Vu+, DreamBox, ...

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  1. ssbmaccom macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I am the developer of the "vuplusTV" App, that allows to play back LiveTV-Streams from your Enigma2 based Set-Top-Box/TV-Receiver with OpenWebIF installed. Enter the IP-Address of your STB, that's it. The App queries all data about your Bouquets, Services and Recordings from the STB and then you can start watching your favorite TV-Channels right on your AppleTV.
    The App comes for free - just give it a try.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vuplustv/id1068958397?mt

    Currently Version 1.1 is in TestFlight beta. It comes with a list of new features, far beyond what you expect from a x.1 version bump:
    - support for PIcons installed on the STB
    - improved UI and usability
    - support for 5.1 Multi-Channel Audio
    - switch between some deinterlacers for interlaced streams
    - TopShelf for your currently opened Bouquet
    and of course bugfixes and smaller improvements.

    In case you consider this as spam - sorry for this, but the app is free, so I do net get - and do not want - a cent from anyone for it ;-)
    My intention to post about this app here is, that I can connect to users and care about issues they may have with the app - and to gather your input about potential enhancements for future releases.
    The app already got about 2k downloads, mostly from Germany and Europe - it was even Top 10 in the german AppStore - but it is time to reach out to new regions.

    Feel free to get back to me for any kind of feedback.
     
  2. kapa1686 macrumors member

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    Thanks for the App, been using for a few days and it works pretty well.

    Not a big fan of the interface, some parts are good but would like something cleaner.

    How do I join the test flight beta? :)
     
  3. ssbmaccom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks - and yes... it is more a hackers interface. Goal of first version was functionality over design.

    Version 1.1 looks very different...

    To join the beta, just sent me your AppleID (via PM), I can then add you to the testers. You will then receive an email from Apple and can download the beta version using TestFlight App.
     
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  5. ssbmaccom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Done, I hope you enjoy testing the new version. Any Feedback is welcome.
     
  6. ssbmaccom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Version 1.1 finally is submitted to AppStore review. I hope it passes within a week.
    I finally added "Audi Pass-Through" option in Settings. This bypasses tvOS CoreAudio engibe with its limitation. This creates some funny side effects with sounds from the focus engine, but offers enhanced support for multichannel audio. Maybe some may give it a try to check if enhanced formats work now, which are not supported by tvOS, like Dolby HD Audio ;-)
    Would be of interest for me...
     
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  8. ssbmaccom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Enigma2 is an OpenSource, Linux based operating system used in many sattelite or cable receivers like Dreambox, Vu+. Even some IPTV-Receivers are running Enigma2 OS.
    The cheap ones have a proprietary OS, but the better set top boxes often use Enigma2.
    OpenWebIF is also OpenSource provides a http server to control the set top box from a browser. Some Enigma2 distributions come withOpenWebIF, others allow to install OpenWebIF as plugin.
     
  9. ssbmaccom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Version 1.1 is now available in the AppStore.
    Enjoy and all feedback is welcome...
     
  10. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

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    Not got it myself as I don't have STB that supports its but looking at pictures it defo looks improved and looooove the idea of having the channels on the shelf on Apple TV home page!
     
  11. hgrimberg macrumors 6502

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    It says that the app is not currently available in the US app store
     
  12. hgrimberg macrumors 6502

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    And what is the ip address of my Stb? Whats my username? Where do i get these things?
     
  13. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

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    Should be under network settings of the STB, for my you view box it is anyway...
     
  14. ssbmaccom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Make sure to look into the tvOS store. In worst case use search. The app is available in all countries and sometimes I am surprised, from which countries it has been downloaded... like recently Kuwait, Iceland or Pakistan ;-)
    As mentioned, you should be able to see the IP-Address of your stb in the settings menu of the stb. When you have not set up authentication to your stb, then simply leave these fields empty. They should not be required then. Otherwise, usually root as user and an empty password should work.
    But simply type the ipaddress into your browser and check, if the OpenWebIF interface is shown. If yes - same settings should work inside the app as well...
     
  15. hgrimberg macrumors 6502

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    And what is a stb and/or where is that?
     
  16. ssbmaccom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Upps...
    STB is short for Set-Top-Box and in sense of the App, it is either DVB-S or a DVB-C TV receiver, so either Cable-Tuner or Satellite Tuner
     
  17. hgrimberg macrumors 6502

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    And where do I find this stb?
     
  18. ssbmaccom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In your living room - or wherever you have your TV ;-)
     
  19. Mredance macrumors newbie

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    Which TV or STB can support your vuplustv App? really very interested.
     
  20. ssbmaccom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    As mentioned in the App description it support all STB (TV-Receivers for DVB-S or DVB-C) that use Enigma 2 OS (Linux based, OpenSource) as Operating System and have OpenWebIF (plugin for Web-Access to the STB) installed.
    All Vu+ Receivers match plus many more like DreamBox etc. To validate, if your STB is compatible with my App, try to access the Web-Interface of the STB from a browser.
     
  21. hgrimberg macrumors 6502

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    You mean the cable box? How do I get all that info out of that box???
     
  22. ssbmaccom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What box do you have? Maybe Search in the Internet may help. Also the Settings Menu of the Box may help.
     
  23. hgrimberg, Jul 16, 2016
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    hgrimberg macrumors 6502

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    My box brand is Pace DC550D. Should I look for a static , dynamic or reserved, subnet ip address? I find many different ip addresses on the internet.
     
  24. ssbmaccom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well just make sure, the ip does not change, could be static ip, could be done by make sure dhcp always gives the same address... thats what i did.
    Anyway, it looks like the Pace box has its own closed source OS. Usually boxes rented from a provider are really low level ones with a limited feature set, even then hardware seems to be powerful enough. Maybe check, if there is an alternate OS available for it. But I do not know and I take no responsibility for any "hacks" you may apply to your box...
     
  25. hgrimberg macrumors 6502

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    Where can I check for an alternative OS for the Pace box?
     

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