InstaTV - Stream Live ATSC/ClearQAM TV from a Windows PC to iOS

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  1. netant, Oct 11, 2011
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    Release Summary:
    Sept 22, 2012, InstaTV 2.0 released
    May 3, 2012, 1.4.1, Telly has been renamed to InstaTV
    Feb 24, 2012, 1.4.0, Use Windows Media Center as EPG source.
    Jan 18 2012, 1.3.0, Cable Clear QAM support
    Dec 14, 2011, 1.2.0, OTA EPG Support
    Nov 11, 2011, TelyServer 1.1.1, added HDHomeRun support
    Oct 23, 2011, Telly1.0.1 release to fix some UI layout issues on ipad2/iphone4s
    Oct 5th, 2011, TellyServer 1.1.0
    Sept 29th, 2011, TellyServer/Telly 1.0.0
     
  3. netant, Oct 22, 2011
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    new iOS 1.0.1 release to fix some bugs around UI on ipad2/iphone4s
     
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    promo codes for 1.0.1 release are available, see 'promo code' section.
     
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    Thanks. Works better than the beta, though still have some quirks and tellyffmpeg.exe crashing with exceptions. Do you monitor your support email address?
     
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    It's crashed on occasion for me too. Neat app though, I'm interested in how the transcoding is done.
     
  8. GoFaster macrumors newbie

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    Blueroom, have you seen situations where 16:9 content is displayed in squeezed 4:3 aspect ratio with black bars on the sides? More often than not, this is the case on my iPad and iPhone (IOS 5.0 and 5.01)
     
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    Sometimes ffmpeg fails to automatically detect the AR of video stream. This is a bug and it will be fixed.
     
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    In our testing, this type of crash is usually caused by weak/unstable TV signal.
     
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    In our testing, we also found one or two channels (SD channels from nbc and fox) with wrong aspect ratio. We will make a per-channel setting so user can force the aspect ratio when automatic detection fails. We also made this a high priority feature which will be delivered mid Jan-early Feb 2011.
     
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    I've also seen cases where HD channels get squeezed horizontally - not 4:3 or 16:9 AR.
    Looking forward to an update, also for tellyserver and tellyffmpeg to be more resilient and recover from errors.
    Please consider displaying a failure cause on the iPad app when something doesn't work or goes wrong.
    Thanks.
     
  13. netant thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the feedback. a newer ffmpeg.exe will be included in next version(1.2.0). Hope this will fix some of the unexpected crashes.
    version 1.2.0 should be available as soon as the app review is completed.
     
  14. netant, Dec 14, 2011
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    Telly 1.2.0 has just been released.

    What's new for 1.2.0

    - NEW: collect OTA EPG data if it's available. (Details)
    - NEW: A fast and fluid Program Guide
    - NEW: Show current TV program progress on Guide tab
    - NEW: Show what's playing for each channel and for live TV
    - NEW: Moved TellyServer generated data files to standard application location.
    - NEW: Automatically setup Windows Firewall rules for HDHomeRun tuner
    - NEW: A newer ffmpeg binary to fix occasional crash during streaming.
    - MISC: General bug fixes
    - MISC: General usability improvement


    next release will be focused on Clear QAM Support.

    Thanks
     
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    What's new for Telly 1.3.0

    NEW: TellyServer supports tuning for ClearQAM on Windows Vista and Windows 7
    NEW: 3x faster streaming preparation time.
    NEW: Upgrade ffmpeg to latest stable release to fix occasional crash during streaming.
    NEW: Able to customize channel name on iOS device.
    NEW: Able to force a channel's aspect ratio to 16:9, or 4:3 when automatic detection failed.
    NEW: Improved GUI for cable scan.
    NEW: Use physical:pid as channel name when there is no TVCT is found in the video stream.
    NEW: Able to ignore channel with no information during scan.
    FIX: Crash in HDHomeRun BDA driver on some configurations.
    MISC: General usability improvement: improved some channel icons.
     
  16. xcrunner macrumors regular

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    Awesome app! Do you think it'd be plausible to eventually support the hdhomerun prime and cable card channels that are in the clear?
     
  17. netant thread starter macrumors member

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    copy-free channels might already be supported. Such channel will be treated as regular clearQAM channel.
     
  18. xcrunner macrumors regular

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    It doesn't see my hdhomerun prime for me to even be able to test.
     
  19. blueroom macrumors 603

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    What would it take to stream directly from an HDHomeRun? No PC running. Does the iPad2 have the oomph to directly display MPEG-2?
     
  20. xcrunner macrumors regular

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    There's no hardware acceleration for mpeg2 so it'd most likely stutter.
     
  21. netant thread starter macrumors member

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    You need a Windows PC to do transcoding.

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    Performance and network speed issue. iPad2 has a limit of 12Mbps on WiFi-N while HDTV requires 20Mbps

    iPad3 might have this limitation as well.
     
  22. netant, Feb 24, 2012
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    Telly 1.4 has been released

    New features includes Windows 7 Media Center TV Guide support.
    On a Windows 7 PC with Media Center setup property, TellyServer is now able to
    import TV guide information directly from Media Center for more complete and detailed TV
    guide. You can also schedule a time to let TellyServer automatically import
    TV guide. Previous method of parsing PSIP/EIT is still available on
    Windows XP and Windows Vista. Note that Media Center 7 is available with Windows
    7 Home Premium and up.

    Change Log:
    - New: Improved with a much more completed and detailed TV guide (Windows Media Center 7 required)
    - New: Manual or automatic import guide data from WMC7
    - New: Improved TellyServer setup page with a cleaner UI
    - New: Show current problem during program loading
    - Misc: Improved iPhone/iPad UI responsiveness
    - Misc: Disable collecting OTA EPG by default
    - Fix: Unable to stream when user has non-standard profile path
    - Fix: Incomplete Windows Firewall rule


    Youtube video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtIWxQEDw8o
     
  23. netant, Mar 3, 2012
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  24. netant, Apr 7, 2012
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    We have been working on such solution. It's still under development and a beta had been release a few weeks ago.

    If you are interested in help us testing, you can read more about it here:

    http://www.silicondust.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11847

    Telly 2.0 Beta demo:

    http://youtu.be/jcXZYsV2rQI
     
  25. shiree1 macrumors newbie

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    Mac server?

    Planning mac os server support?

    I don't have any pc server but running a mac mini server. :(
     

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