ATSC software setup using SichboPVR

In Canada and the U.S the TV signal is in a different format to the rest of the world, because reasons.

Here's what TV setup looks like for North Americans:

1. Launch the app and select your location

A picture of the SichboPVR welcome screen.

Selecting a location lets SichboPVR try already known frequencies for your area if someone else in your town or city uses the app.

SichboPVR location selection.

After selecting your location, you may or may not be prompted to pick a tuner/device. If you only have one tuner scanning will begin immediately.

2. Let it scan

Depending on whether or not your region is already in the database, scanning may only take a minute or it could take a bit longer.

SichboPVR scanning in progress.

If all's gone well you should be looking at your Guide screen with live TV playing.

SichboPVR DVB-T setup is complete.

If this happened, congrats on being one of only 1/4th of people who manage to get it working right off the bat 👍

For the rest of you unfortunate folks, sorry. Please keep reading ...


If no channels are found or some channels are missing

Using TV > Explorer to locate channels

If you're missing channels or perhaps have a gimpy indoor antenna that only works when you stand there holding it like a one-legged scarecrow, the explorer tool can help find a clearer signal or missing channels.

1. Go into TV > Explorer, select your device at the top and either select your existing frequency set, or you can grab one from the library or make a new one from scratch.

SichboPVR TV Explorer when no lock is acquired yet.

2. Hit Try Lock on a frequency that you know should be correct. If your frequency isn't listed, scroll to the end of the list and add it in.

The explorer is going to keep trying to lock the signal every 5 seconds or so. Most tuner drivers (the half decent ones anyway) will keep trying to acquire a signal whilst you fiddle with your antenna. When it locks, you should see channel preview thumbnails stream in.

SichboPVR TV Explorer when a lock is found showing channel preview thumbnails.

3. Use the green signal metre to get the best strength you can. Again, not all drivers are well behaved, some may return 100% lock or 0% and nothing in between, other drivers are written correctly and give you fine-grained sensitivity so that you can actually test your signal.

When you have channel previews coming in simply right-click any of the channel boxes and Add all channels to > Any list you like. Or, now that you've fixed your antenna, you could hit Scan on the left to rescan all of the frequencies and it'll automatically add any new channels found into the EPG.

If there's a playback error

Check out how to resolve common decoder problems.

If you need human assistance getting set up, Sichbo Supporter members can reach me over e-mail.