The TV tuner app for Windows 10 → XP

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SichboPVR is a popular free TV tuner application that works with most DVB-T/T2, ATSC, DVB-S and DVB-C tuner devices — give it a smash, I hope you enjoy it.

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System Requirements: Windows 10, 8, 7 or XP. You'll also need a half decent graphics card and a USB or PCI digital TV tuner device.

Features

Easy configuration so that you can be watching live TV within just a few clicks.

Standard DVR functions for recording series by weighted priority or specific times and channels across multiple tuners or multiple shows with a single tuner if they're all on the same frequency.

Folder channels which can turn saved video files into a pretend TV station.

Network streaming for accessing your TV tuner from other DLNA players or app instances.

A frequency explorer under TV > Explorer which lets you poke around with raw TV transponder information, find secret satellite channels or fine-tune your antenna.

Multiple channel lists for organising favourite things into sports, movies, news, etc.

Plus bonus features like multiple slaved tuners, picture in picture, "always on top" mini-mode, custom colour schemes, and real human support if you support me, Simon like a champ.

Updates

Pre-release test (Setup > Advanced > "Give me dicey builds") 3.1.92 2020-03-15

  • Improved the behaviour of "play last channel upon opening" when a background EPG scan is in progress during open.
  • Fixed a problem with the Microsoft RDP display driver sometimes not working.
  • Added a new tweakage option "Disable background media folder monitoring".
  • Added a new tweakage option "Use mouse wheel for volume instead of channel up/down"
  • Improved navigation behaviour for "Disable menu during full screen video"

Free branch 3.1.88 2020-02-14

  • Fixed a thumbnailing issue with radio recordings.
  • Concurrent tuning improvements.

3.1.86

  • Supporter + Test + Free Branch release roll-up :)
  • Added a new Tweakage option "Change channel immediately upon up/down".
  • Added a new Setup > 'Tuner Name' > Advanced option "This device is slow to lock, allow more time".
  • Added a link for modifying decoder properties underneath Setup > Advanced > Decoders for filters that allow you to configure things.
  • Improved indexing of recorded shows.
  • Fixed an instance of Chinese Traditional encoding not working.
  • Fixed a problem with some subtitle cycling getting stuck.

3.1.83

  • Fixed a rendering glitch that appeared in the pre-release test builds 81->82.
  • Record scheduling is now more aggressive about removing garbage/ad text in between brackets of show titles. Thanks to David for the sample.
  • Fixed a problem with Taiwan text decoding. Thanks to Jian-Jia for the sample.
  • Fixed a problem with the Web UI search on android browsers. Thanks to Simone for debugging.
  • Added an option to "Ignore in-band data on XMLTV channels" as an experiment.
  • Fixed an issue with time stamp re-clocking. Thanks to MJ for a sample having rouge intermittent PCR timestamps in the broadcast.
  • Fixed an incorrect H.264 chroma flag in the DXVA2 decoder. Thanks to Ian for a sample producing the problem.
  • The OSD now stays up if you have your cursor hovering over on OSD navigation buttons.
  • Seek buttons no longer appear when you have time shifting disabled.
  • Partially encrypted channels having clear AC3 audio can now be listened to without a picture.
  • TV > Explorer now shows stream info on the channel buttons.
  • Right-click TV > Explorer channel boxes can now also "Play in a new window" for supporters.
  • A "Described Audio" toggle has been assigned to the F3 key. For broadcaster-mixed described audio it replaces the main channel. For unmixed described audio, it will play in addition to the primary selected audio channel.

3.1.77

  • Fixed a problem with disabled timeshifting using more CPU than it should.
  • Fixed a problem with Czech H265 video in my DXVA2 decoder - thanks to Milan and Jiří for samples!
  • You can now enter an arbitrary "# Minutes" for recording time padding underneath Setup > Advanced, in case 10 minutes is not enough.
  • Many thanks to Bruno for isolating the cause of a problem in Microsoft's DTV-DVD Video Decoder which would inexplicably stop after a day or more of continuous playback.
  • Added a full-range colour fix for some display drivers which don't behave correctly.
  • Added a workaround for Microsoft's psisdecd.dll creating threads over time.
  • XMLTV now also fetches .png logos if your xml file has an icon element in its channel information.

3.1.65

  • Added a Skip Back OSD button.
  • Added tweakage options for hiding the Skip Forward/Back buttons as well as FF/RW, so that the screen doesn't have to be too busy.
  • Improved the new "playback recordings in progress" seek bar support so that it handles stopped recordings gracefully.
  • Fixed a problem with mpeg1 audio.

3.1.60

  • Added channel/show search to the HTTP/Web UI. Start typing on the web page to quickly jump to a channel (similar to the guide in the main app) or use the search field at the top to find shows.
  • When a re-scan yields no results, it no longer deletes the old channel set, as the outcome might be temporary/hardware-related and you don't want to lose your old channel lists.
  • Fixed a problem where the OSD remains for a long time.
  • Added a workaround for subtitle streams having unexpected timestamps which can affect video playback.