[vdr] UK FreeviewHD and VDR

Chris Rankin rankincj at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 12 00:09:59 CEST 2011


I currently use VDR to watch Freeview in the UK, and it works great with a Hauppauge NOVA-T-USB2 adapter. However, this adapter isn't compatible with DVB-T2 and so I've now ordered a nanoStick T2 290e and have upgraded to the Linux 3.0.1 kernel in eager anticipation. My ultimate goal is to use VDR to watch FreeviewHD, exactly as I've already been using it to watch Freeview, except that I understand that the EPG for the HD channels has been compressed using proprietary Huffman tables.

I've already found this web site: http://www.rst38.org.uk/vdr/

The patch here for VDR (with separate "drop in" files freesat.t1 and freesat.t2) looks interesting, and would seem to allow VDR to read the compressed EPG in a transparent way. However, it has obviously not been merged to VDR in over 2 years, which would suggest that the VDR developers have rejected it for some reason.

Could someone tell me what the "recommended" approach is for parsing a Huffman-compressed EPG with VDR please? I suspect that I can integrate this patch into VDR manually, but this isn't a viable long-term solution.

Thanks for any advice,

P.S. Yes, I know that I am assuming that FreeSat and FreeviewHD are using the same proprietary Huffman tables. But I'm also under the impression that this assumption is not a bad one.

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