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Topic # 152456 27-Sep-2014 09:47
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Hi all,

Has anyone had any success with the combination in the subject line? Its time for me to upgrade my trusty MP installation and I thought I would have a play with OpenELEC on a Raspberry Pi as a media extender. Unfortunately although it all connects and works, LiveTV is unwatchable on any channel (SD/HD whatever). Severe pixelation, stuttering and audio drop outs. I am using TSReader for the streaming from shares on the TVserver - I've never had any luck with RSTP in multiseat.

Load on the MP Server is negligible during streaming and I've tried overclocking the Pi up to "Turbo" mode. Although this seems to make the interface quicker, it doesnt seem to help my video problems at all. Streaming to another windows client is fine BTW.

Anyway, I'm about to give up, but wondered if anyone else had tried this combination and had it working - then at least I'll know its something dumb I'm doing.


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  Reply # 1145724 2-Oct-2014 16:03
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I've to used the exact setup you're using, but I do use DVB-T on a Pi.

I started out with a single tuner in a Raspbmc box running TVHeadend. This worked well, so later I went to a Pi running Raspbian with 3 DVB-T tuners so I could have live TV over the LAN anywhere in the house.

The first thing to check from the sound of your symptoms would be signal strength. I found that connecting a USB tuner to an antenna drop that was getting a perfectly usable signal on a TV would result in < 50% [i.e. unusable] signal strength on the USB tuner. A better aerial & redoing my signal splitting helped enormously.

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  Reply # 1145733 2-Oct-2014 16:10
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I am not running them all on one box, but I have TVHeadend running on my Ubuntu 12.04 headless server (w/ single DVB-S PCIe card). I then have two Raspberry Pi clients running Raspbmc. Since I only have a single tuner I can only watch one live channel at once, but I have zero issues with playback. It ain't HD but it is definitely watchable. Works like a charm and as a result I dumped Sky months ago. 

Not sure I would be keen to try running TVHeadend on the same box as Raspbmc, although it has TVH support built in so I guess others do?

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