This blog post is quite old and out of date now. Here is a link to the wiki on the mediaportal site which might provide a bit more help:
Some people were asking for some tips on setting up MediaPortal Standalone to work with Freeview over Satellite. Seeing as I had never installed MediaPortal before I thought i'd give it a go and grab some screenshots while I was at it. The results follow:
New Zealand Freeview
MediaPortal 0.2.3.0 RC2
Windows Vista Ultimate
Driver CD wintvcd34b.exe
Driver Version: 2.119.25023.0
Step 1: Install MediaPortal
Step 2: Create the FreeView Satellite Tuning File
Open notepad and create a new file. Add the frequencies for the FreeView transponders and save it as nzfreeview.tpl in the same directory as the other files. (c:\program files\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\TuningParameters)
Step 3: Run the MediaPortal Configuration tool:
Add the DVB-S Tuning card:
Set the LNB0 and LNB1 frequencies to either 11300 or 10750 depending on which LNB you have (if you dont know then try one, scan, then the other if no channels are found). Set the Switch frequency to 0. Select the FreeView option in the Satellite drop-down (this is the tuning file you hand-created in the previous step)
Start scanning for channels.... hopefully you should find some! If no go back and try the different LNB frequency, or make sure your Satellite Tuning file (nzfreeview.tpl) file is correct.
Step 4: Run MediaPortal
TV is turned off by default. Turn it on by clicking “TV On” or enter the TV Guide and select a channel
Note: No EPG Configuration has been done at this stage...
Screenshots are hosted on Flickr - www.flickr.com
Comment by geekiegeek, on 17-Sep-2007 11:08
Did you manage to get the EPG working? If so are you using XMLTV or pulling it down from the sat?
Comment by Airw0lf, on 27-Oct-2007 18:45
To get the EPG working, all I did was tick "Grab EPG from DVB" under Setup->Television->Program Guide->General.
It takes a while for it to pull the guide information down from the air. So don't expect it immediately after you flick on the TV.
Comment by mjm132, on 19-Aug-2010 13:55
Hi Regs - can I ask if you updated to the latest version of Media Portal?
If so, what settings do you have for getting Freeview?
We got SkyHDi installed a month ago & believe we have a dual-throat LNB, but scans don't find anything.