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SichboPVR is a hardware-accelerated TV application that is designed to work with DVB-T, DVB-S and ATSC tuners and provide a fun and exciting television viewing experience. Web installer(20MB). Requires .NET 4.0.

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3.1.88 (February 19, 2020)


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3.1.88 2020-02-14
Fixed a thumbnailing issue with radio recordings.
Concurrent tuning improvements.

3.1.86 2020-02-12
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.

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 2019-11-12
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 Jiř 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. A workaround is now being field-tested.
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.

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 2019-09-28

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.

3.1.51 2019-09-05

UPnP/DLNA device detection is now disabled by default since not many people are using it and it avoids a firewall dialog on first startup. UPnP can still be enabled under Setup > Network if people really want it.
Adds basic support for ISDB-T Subtitles (ARIB STD-B24) for South American regions. Japanese code pages are not yet supported as I don't have samples.
Additional CEA608, CEA708 and EBU subtitle rendering refinements.
Fixed a problem where coming out of full screen grows the regular window height slightly.
Background media thumbnailing now prioritises recordings and no longer indexes removed Folder Channels.
Minor UI refinements.
Fixed an ATSC EPG issue where incorrect shows would record if the broadcaster re-used event identifiers over a short period.
External window Picture-in-Picture is now Shift + click, and Ctrl + click is now internal-window so that it's consistent with other desktop applications such as web browsers.
Ctrl + click Picture-in-Picture now remembers previous locations.

3.1.46 2019-08-15

Minor UI refinements for when the window is made quite small.
Adds a couple of tweaks for better resilience against low-quality channel signals.
Adds 4K and 10bit HEVC to the DXVA2 decoder on display drivers that can support it.
Adds support for a previously unrecognised XMLTV schema.

3.1.44 2019-08-06

Fixes a couple of issues people are seeing when rendering videos.
Added more graceful handling of 10 Bit HEVC which isn't currently supported in my DXVA2 decoder (will add shortly.)
Added a 4K HEVC warning under the F1 > Video for drivers that can't handle it. It turns out that a lot of graphics cards "implement" HEVC DXVA2 but will actually choke on anything higher than 1080p.
Reworked the "first run" setup experience so that most people don't have to do anything other than select their broadcast location.
Fixed an intermittent issue where it sometimes wouldn't re-paint the UI.
Renamed the TV > Explorer > "Sources" vernacular to "Frequency Sets" to make it a bit less confusing.

3.1.42 2019-08-01

Adds a workaround for 69xxx series Hauppauge devices which can't run DVBT and DVBS at the same time.
Adds tool tips to more of the on-screen-display buttons.
Added a prompt to more easily configure the app for background recording if the user schedules a future recording and closes the app.
Added smarter diagnostics and guidance for troubleshooting video playback issues.
Added automatic cleanup of one-time events in TV > Recordings > Schedule.
Frequency lists now download using compression to speed things up a bit.
Improved guidance when no channels are found after scanning.
TV Frequency Tables TV Tuner Devices

3.1.38 2019-07-23

This is a maintenance release to address a couple of teething issues with the new Sichbo Supporter bits. Thank you to Robin!
Have also added a workaround for some Windows XP and 7 installations which will have stopped working when Tls 1.0 was deprecated, as well as a ".NET framework 4.0 Client Profile" RSA/SHA256 validation issue on those same older operating systems.
Nailed down a long standing intermittent issue with AAC audio channels sometimes saying that there was "a problem rendering the stream". Thanks Bruno!

3.1.37 2019-07-22

This is a maintenance release to address a couple of teething issues with the new Sichbo Supporter bits. Thank you to Robin!
Have also added a workaround for some Windows XP and 7 installations which will have stopped working when Tls 1.0 was deprecated, as well as a ".NET framework 4.0 Client Profile" RSA/SHA256 validation issue on those same older operating systems.

3.1.36 2019-07-22

This is a maintenance release to address a couple of teething issues with the new Sichbo Supporter bits. Thank you to Robin

3.1.34 2019-07-20

Device driver version should now refresh any time you go in to view its settings.
Fixes a bug where removed devices were not always saved in settings.
Fixes an audio drop-out issue for Peter.
Thanks to Bruno for recording channel change bug.


Addresses an nvidia glitch
F12 now includes some codec info for the currently playing channel


H265 seeking improvements.
AAC fix for a couple of Czech frequencies.
Simpler LNB Tone on/off for DVBS.
LCN changes by the broadcaster should now work, provided you haven't fiddled with the channel number explicitly.


Adds an H.265 decoder tweak for NVidia's decoder.
Adds a background EPG update "disable" option.
Shortcut tweaks:
- F9 now toggles Subtitles/CC.
- Added -/= keys for volume in addition to keypad -/+
- Ctrl+M for Mute
Also includes workarounds for a few oddball crashes.


Adds an option to "Use EPG from" another channel (see the channel properties fly-out at the bottom.)
Addresses an issue with recordings on channels that have video/audio feeds dropping in and out.
Weird setting issue persists for some installations. Looks like setting files are full of zeros with no discernible cause. Build 13 is now taking a stab in the dark at catching/avoiding the condition before anything hits the disk in order to rule out Microsoft's dodgy DataContractJsonSerializer as the cause.

Adds an option to "Use EPG from" another channel (see the channel properties fly-out at the bottom.)
Addresses an issue with recordings on channels that have video/audio feeds dropping in and out.
Weird setting text encoding issue persists for some installations. Extended logging added.


Adds an option to "Use EPG from" another channel (see the channel properties fly-out at the bottom.)
Addresses an issue with recordings on channels that have video/audio feeds dropping in and out.
Weird setting text encoding issue persists for some installations. Extended logging added.


During this update, don't bother using the handy "reload now" button if you're on build 3.1.0 - turns out I'm an idiot so it'll just crash :) Just reload manually when the update's downloaded. Fixed for next time.
3.1.7 just addresses an error with some settings due to text encodings, as well as a problem with my MP4 demuxer.


Now runs as 64bit when applicable and installs into Program Files. Also has a more flexible updating system than ClickOnce and can install more easily offline.
New code signing certificate. Early adopters are probably going to get a security warning/prompt from Windows SmartScreen since my new private key needs to re-establish a reputation.
New setting storage system. Not backward compatible with build 166 but it solves Windows 'system restore' issues causing random setting corruption. Settings should automatically migrate upon first run.
Settings are now in %ProgramData%SichboPVR.
New hardware de-interlace mode selection under Setup > Advanced for each decoder type.
Video processing controls under F1 > Video. Not all display drivers support this.
Renamed and re-purposed the "Disable the bokeh background" option to "disable continuous animations". Should save a bunch of power/battery on tablets and stuff.
Undo/redo support in the video editor.
Mouse wheel left/right clicker on guide screen will scroll the timeline.
EPG Content Reference ID (CRID) support for more reliable duplicate episode filtering.
ATSC and Taiwan DVB text encoding fixes.
Support for ATSC channel numbering over DLNA.
Improved folder indexing to support sub-folders. Option to disable recorded show indexing.
You can now delete channels in the channel properties fly-out, and re-scans will auto-remove obsolete channels when SichboPVR reckons it's safe to do so.


Fixes a problem with some channels in Germany. Thank you to Jochen for his help!
Addresses a few other odd-ball issues collected over the last few months.


Sorry, one more intermittent issue with H.264 playback. Also a weird channel detection thing for Albania.


Fixes a slow memory leak and a couple of odd-ball errors. This is hopefully the last update for a while.


Addresses more issues collected over the last couple of weeks. Shout out to Steve, Valentin, Kay and Jack for testing.


Addresses a couple of minor issues collected for build 160.

Refined OSD.
15 second skip.
Click + drag the play button to adjust speed.
Basic video editor added for slicing/trimming TS recordings.
Re-clocking of recordings added for improved playout support in some 3rd party software.
New "zoom" F2 stretch mode.
Show Info > Record Series now brings up a configurable list of channels/times.
New Setup > Advanced > Customise timeshift buffer size.
New Setup > Advanced > Disable Now/Next graphics.
New Setup > Advanced > Disable menu on full screen video.
Improved slaved tuner behaviour for DLNA clients.

Fixes a few occasional errors collected over the past month.
Internal tidy up, courtesy of the folks over at PVS-Studio. Seems like a really decent static code analyser.

Thanks once again to Steve for testing everything in this release and providing lots of helpful feature suggestions. Thanks as well go out to Kay for debugging SAT>IP and getting it working on actual hardware.
Addresses a couple of build 156 issues collected throughout the week. This will be the last release for a while.

Thanks once again to Steve for testing everything in this release and providing lots of helpful feature suggestions. Thanks as well go out to Kay for debugging SAT>IP and getting it working on actual hardware.

UPDATE: Turns out I forgot to test XP. 157 fixes 156 from yesterday. Sorry about that.
New PiP capability -- Ctrl + Click in guide to play multiple channels in new windows without affecting the main player, if you have enough tuners or all of the channels are on the same transponder. Live playout only for now.
New Color Scheme Designer under Setup > Advanced.
New SAT>IP option under Setup > Network. It treats servers like a normal tuner and controls front-ends explicitly. Each enabled virtual tuner will show up as a discrete device under Setup > TV Sources, available for the usual channel scanning, slave configuration etc.
You can now search by channel name in the guide (start typing letters.) This meant that a few shortcuts had to change to free up all letter keys for normal typing. See F1 for latest shortcuts.
Keypad +/- for volume.
I'm now collecting more information about tuner drivers for better reporting on the homepage (driver name, manufacturer, version and date.) Will revisit the "supported devices" report once a reasonable amount of new data has accumulated.
Multi-tuner refinements -- if a device fails to open or lock the signal during recording, it'll try use slaves instead. EPG scanning now happens in the background on a slave tuner when available.
Fixed external monitor issue when the primary screen is on the right.
UI tweaks.
Clicking on the time will directly open the recording schedule.
New 'Show windows taskbar during fullscreen' option under Setup > Advanced.

Many thanks once again go to Steve for thoroughly testing. This should be the last update for a little while.
Adds Galician language option.
A couple of minor fixes.

Many thanks once again to Steve for thoroughly debugging 153.
Addresses a few issues collected over the last two weeks.

Cleaned up TV > Recordings layout.
Channel headings can now be selected in the guide, which displays the full lineup for that channel.
New option under Setup > Advanced to use *.sichbo-pvr file extensions instead of *.ts for recordings. Some Windows 10 installations struggle to thumbnail mpeg2 *.ts files and lock up Windows Explorer in the process -- so this is one work-around.
New start up options to play, open guide, or do nothing.
Update EPG button in Explorer.
MPEG2 DXVA1 support for Windows XP.
Fixes a few errors collected over the past few months.

Addresses a few bugs collected over the last couple of weeks (EBU subtitles, occasional crashes.)

Fixes a couple of minor teething issues that were in build 147 (gimpy DXVA2 IDCT decoding on some NVidia cards, 'start minimised' restoration glitch, playback error when encountering some subtitle streams.)

Support for some DXVA2 IDCT modes
Deleted the avcodec dependency that was being used for generating thumbnails.
Fix for playback of in-progress recordings.
Deprecated "Minimise to tray" and replaced with a "Minimise to tray instead of exiting" option. So from now on, just hit the close/x button instead of minimise. To actually shut off the program, use the system tray icon > exit option.
F1 tab persistence.
Transponder dump context menu now shows up even if there's no channel boxen in the list.
Fixed broken left/right time navigation for epg.
Playback will no longer automatically start when a scheduled record begins, and live TV is off. Some people were leaving the app open but in a stopped state.
Fix for Windows shortcuts that are configured to "Run: Maximised".
I've split up the record queue/history in the series editor.
More accurate/streamlined frequency sharing and telemetry.
Added a confirmation/prompt for series deletions.
Setup > Advanced > XMLTV support. Just select your data folder, then tick whichever sources need it XMLTV. The xml schema's channel-ids should auto resolve based on channel number/callsign, or you can specify them manually in individual channel settings. XMLTV folder is checked for new data every time regular background EPG scanning occurs or when you "scan now" under F1 > Status.
MCE remote improvements (Windows/guide/recordings button should open the app from system tray now under Win 10.)
Missing channels fix for some users.
Manifest updated for correct Win 10 OSVersion detection.
The time field is now optional when scheduling "Specific dates and times", so you can catch a particular day, but for any time slot.
Added some extra keyboard shortcuts.
Auto-backup/restore in the event of corrupted settings after a system restore or crash.
Couple of subtitle fixes.
Added a work-around for some drivers that weren't pumping data. Thanks to Fred over at Hauppauge for his help on that one.
- F1 -> Status now has an immediate EPG scan button.
- Couple of minor tweaks for the DLNA server and DXVA2 decoder.
- Basic record/queue scheduling added to mobile/web interface
- Setup > Advanced > Tweakage > Let the display shut off during playback option
- F1 help screen cleaned up a bit
- DXVA2 decoder improvements
- Numerous performance improvements, code cleanups and fixes.
- New customisable background EPG update interval under setup > advanced.
- Automatically expunges recording history entries after 14 days, also does some housekeeping on the series list under recordings.
- Improvements to sleep handling with a workaround for drivers that don't handle sleep gracefully. Under the Setup > Device Name > Advanced you can now untick "Close this device when not in use".
- Record > Schedule > Series editor refinements.
- New "Add SichboPVR to the Windows start-up folder" option under Setup > Advanced
- Minor fixes
- Setup > Advanced > Pad recordings option
- Setup > Advanced > Minimize to tray option
- Fix for some DVBS cards not switching diseqc port.
- Setup > Advanced > Wake the computer for recordings. You need to configure Control Panel > Power Options > Sleep > Allow wake timers for it to work though.
- DLNA/UPnP Server + Client
- Minor refinements

Note that mileage in terms of timeshift seeking on dlna players will vary. My Samsung bluray won't seek at all, neither will XBMC or Windows Media Player, but a relatively modern (2013) Sony Bravia TV media player supports it OK-ish, even though it doesn't really implement the DLNA spec "sliding window" correctly. At bare minimum, most players should be able to at least watch live tv and pause/resume. UPnP EPG containers are implemented but the only client I'm aware of that supports UPnP EPG is SichboPVR itself. Evidently you can now run SichboPVR as a background server and then configure thin clients on your home network to sync with it. DLNA Recording Service is disabled for time being though.

There's also an "Add firewall rule" under Setup > Network so it can automatically fix the windows firewall rule with each new version update.
- Updated expiring code signing certificate.
- Tvheadend support (EPG/play/timeshift only for now.) Massive thanks to mpmc for helping me get linux/tvheadend set up and for all of his tireless testing. Also perexg for some useful insights into tvheadend.
- Channel Logos (automatically searches the library, please contribute to their great little project if you can.) If you don't like logos you can disable them under Setup > Advanced. See for more details.
- Other little fixes and refinements.
- Workaround for Windows installations that are missing ISO 8859-14 Celtic code page data (which is all of them as far as I can see.)
- Text decoding support for
ISO/IEC 8859-10 (Nordic)
ISO/IEC 8859-11 (Thai)
ISO/IEC 8859-14 (Celtic)
KSX1001-2004 (S Korean)
... that should be all of them now.
- New Setup > Advanced > "Use Broadcaster's Clock" feature. This allows for accurate EPG sync for recordings. The time shown inside the app becomes the exact time as reported by the broadcaster.
- New Setup > Advanced > "Force manual on/off recording" feature. For countries having hopelessly unreliable EPG scheduling.
- New ability to define multiple "Folder Channels" and a new related "TV > Folders" area.
- Perpetual background video indexing.
- Cleaned up "TV > Recordings" area.
- Cleaned up fly-out panes such as the channel editor, show info, etc.
- ATSC users can now override the atsc-style decimal channel numbering if desired.
- Made the database engine a little bit more resilient against write-through failures.
- Other minor fixes.
- Guide text decoding fix
- Support for manual ad-hoc recording when no show data is available (click to start, again to stop.)
- Right-click channels in TV > Explorer to quickly add/remove from lists or take a Transponder Dump.
- EBU Teletext fix for a particular channel in Australia.
- Thinned out the app a little bit. Removed the experimental "F3" server and the superfluous Setup > Advanced console (use TV > Explorer for same frequency testing/TS dump functions.)
- Device handling tweaks
- Other minor refinements and fixes
- New "Audio & TV Guide Data" language preference under Setup > Advanced. This is now used for selecting the audio channel and epg data selection.
- Closed Captions for some regions. A "CC" button will appear if supported. Click to cycle. Modes for which I had samples were DVB ETSI 300 743 (UK DVB-T2, bitmap mode only), EBU Teletext (Australia, et al), CEA 608 and 708 (US/Canada.) If anybody spots something gimpy or CCs undetected, feel free to send me transponder dumps.

- Timeshift can be toggled on/off using a new button on the control bar.
- DXVA2 fixes for some sources
- Addressed a couple of UX issues
- Performance improvements.
- Prevent Windows from starting background Automatic Maintenance due to "idle" CPU during playback.
- Energy efficiency improvements
- Davix's "jump" fix (I hope.)
- New "reset settings" option under advanced.
- F1/help shows video card DXVA2 info, more shortcut keys.
- Other minor refinements.
- H265/HEVC DXVA2 refinement
- Text encoding fix
- Another de-interlace fix
- Tuning fix
- Timeshift fixes
- Mpeg2 deinterlace fix
- Win 8.0 fix
- Field testing 4k H.265/HEVC DXVA2 (Currently only latest generation Intel HD drivers support DXVA_ModeHEVC_VLD_Main, although it seems to be CPU-bound on a HD 4400 at present. Possibly a future driver update from Intel might move more of the work onto the GPU. Must select "(DXVA2 Video Decoder)" under advanced H265Video.)
- Better per-monitor high dpi support for win 8.1
- Background epg update refinement
- Minor fixes
Apologies there is a fair bit of largely untested stuff here. While I'm able to get some guide data on 97w, I don't actually have a clear signal to record/test. I will try and address any errors over the next week.

- New System tray icon.
Right click to "Run in background". It should be reasonably good about keeping tuners powered-down/off and CPU low unless it's actually recording or doing something. It will also fire up any connected tuners and try locking a known working E/EPG transponder every hour or so.

- New TV > Recordings > Schedule area.
Define weekday/time/channel rules for a series, or just give it a bunch of different shows with a "recording priority" and let it go to town selecting the best from each timeslot from any old channel. The default setting is to not record any duplicate episode descriptions, but you can override for lazy broadcasters who always put in the same generic description.

You can also click "Create a series or show manually" if no EPG data exists and use the "Specific channel(s) and time(s)" option and un-tick "Only record if guide data matches dates/times".

- New Setup > Advanced > Start in background setting. Double click the tray to open.

- New Setup > Advanced > Independent volume control.

- Various other fixes and tweaks.
- Minor fixes
- Windows XP fix
- DVBC fix for win7. Thanks to John and Eric @ astrometa for testing.
- Field testing some sdk bits (hi-DPI support on beefy video cards, native dxva2, et al.)
- Removed directx runtime dependency
- Couple more fixes
- Minor fixes
- Improved timeshifting
- Setup > Channels filter
- UI tweaks
- Audio channel toggling
- Volume control
- Interaction improvements
- Video engine enhancements
- Build 101 "data workaround" rollback
- Show day names on EPG
- Guide data workaround for some odd-ball cable provider
- EPG missing data fix
- Timeshift folder option
- Lock fix for advanced console
- Device experiment
- Minor fix for Mini Mode
- Minor direct3d performance fixes and enhancements
- Thanks to for helping fix a problem with the TERRATEC T-Stick PLUS Filter.
- New tuner compatibility experiments
- Forced to always use Turbosight's custom diseqc interface for Prof/TBS tuners, even when BDA_DiseqCommand is advertised within the topology (their implementation doesn't appear to actually work.)
- Double-click anywhere to toggle Full-Screen
- Middle-click anywhere to toggle Mini-Mode
- Introduced a longer delay prior to signal lock testing and removed signal quality > 0 restraint on channel scans
- Mini Mode no longer hides OSD until mouse out of the entire application window
- Linked-tuner refinements
- Tuner linking support
See Setup > device > "Link to device" to make it act as a slave for another tuner's configuration for multi-channel recording etc.

- Option to disable unified tuning model
See Setup > device > Advanced console.

- Mini-mode now requires click to activate OSD
- Guide fixed for some users
- Some layout tweaks for languages having longer text
- RC interaction improvements
- Shift Key to batch highlight/tick rows in channel picker
- Auto select transponder channels having the stronger OTA signal level for duplicate ServiceIDs (attempt at correcting DVB-T transmission cell overlaps.)
- Misc UI related tweaks
- DVB-T2 support
- ISO 13818-3/AMD-1 Audio fix (MPEG-4 LATM AAC Audio, actually needs an "AAC (LAOS)" media type to work with the Microsoft DTV-DVD Audio decoder.)
- Thanks to Mark for the DVB-T2 sample!
- Delayed recording fix

- EPG performance improvement

- Sources.xml automatically updates via www based on live NIT data from other users
- UI tweaks

- F5 to toggle desktop "mini mode"
- Better use of space on the guide channel names

- Fix for some hardware drivers that may encounter "glitches" or "skipping" due to slow behaving signal statistic updates.
- ATSC PSI fixes
- Fix for REALTEK DVBT devices

- Reinstated GoToN feature w/ controller
- ATSC fix
- Scanning tweaks

- Localisation bug fix
- Touch input refinement

v3.0.0.23 Release Notes (first general public preview release)
- F1 to bring up advanced options.
- Haven't been able to find anyone to test DVB-T/C/ATSC yet. Maybe someone can give it a crack and let me know if it works.
- Customisable colour schemes are planned.
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Designed with a clean and simple UI your grandmother could use. SichboPVR v3 was built from the ground up with a custom Direct3D video presentation and user interface framework for smooth-as-butter DXVA2 video and sharp scalable graphic composition.

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Review by Rusty on Jan 13, 2020 Version: 3.1.77 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

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Review by Giuseppe on Apr 19, 2019 Version: 3.1.27 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

I've been using this version and earlier versions for a year or two. That said, I think Ive experienced this enough to give an opinion. The item is easy to install, and make easy adjustments. Has great features. Has one of the best integrated EPG interfaces of all the ATSC viewer softwares I've tried; and I've tried many. The look and feel are great and its easy to navigate and customize the interface. Overall I'd say its the best one I've seen. BUT, and this is a bit but, it has one of the worst channel signal detection and locking functions I've seen. Many channels that are regularly picked up and tightly locked by other viewing software are frequently not picked up by Sichbo, and when then are they are very often subject to single loss with the slightest interference. Sichbo is not user friendly in bad weather for ATSC broadcasts. Also, very often in the latest release Sichbo often is now pulling EPG info from the wrong channels and placing it with wrong stations on the menu guide. Unfortunately there has been little to improve those functions regarding EPG info. Would give Sichbo a 9/10 if it could fix those two problems. But if you want simple channel watching stability for your ATSC viewing, you may want to choose something else.

Review by FurryTVfan on Apr 13, 2019 Version: 3.1.22 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 5/10 Value for money: 8/10 Overall: 7/10

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Review by Rasou1 on Oct 31, 2018 Version: 3.1.16 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

This is part 2 of my review of using SichboPVR and wanted to share the following tips.

- To quickly schedule a recording, simply left-click or right-click on a programme in the TV Guide so the 'Show Times' window appears, click on the round record button which turns red and the scheduled recording is now set, while clicking on the round record button again cancels the scheduled recording. In the 'Show Times' window clicking on 'Advanced' you can manually set a single recording by clicking on 'New Time' in 'Queue', or setting a recurring recording such as daily or weekly by clicking on 'Specific channels and times'. If you click on the clock symbol next to the round record button it simply schedules a channel change during live TV so you don't miss watching a programme.

- Click on setup > channels > List1 to select your favourite SD and HD channels in List1 which will appear when clicking on 'List1' in the TV Guide. Rename 'List1', 'List2', etc. by selecting the word 'List1' to delete it and type in a new name, and sort the channels by numbers or alphabetical order.

- All recordings can be saved in its own series folder if you add Title\ in setup > advanced > recording folder so it states Title\Title ChannelName ChannelNumber Date Time.

- If there's no video or sound in Live TV you would need to download and install decoders such as 'LAV Filters' and then select 'LAV' in the 'Decoders' section in setup > advanced. To change a video or audio decoder, click on 'setup' in the top-left, then on 'advanced', then under 'Decoders' select the decoder's name (e.g. MPEG2Video, H264Video, H265Video, MEPG2Audio, AC3Audio, etc.) and choose the decoder such as 'LAV'. In LAV video and audio settings, ensure mp2, mp3, aac, ac3, mpeg2, h264, h265, etc. are enabled.

- Left-clicking on any Channel name/logo at the left of the TV Guide provides a list of programmes for only that specific channel, just like you could do in the old Windows Media Center TV Guide. When clicking on the Calender symbol on the top-right of the TV Guide (next to the arrow) the days of the week appear and clicking on any day displays the listings for that specific day in the TV Guide. Also, you can use the left and right click of your mouse wheel to scroll left or right in the TV Guide.

- Pressing the F1 button on the keyboard and selecting the word 'Shortcuts' with the mouse provides a list of keyboard shortcut keys.

- 'Reclocking of recorded files' in setup > advanced > tweakage ensures correct timestamps in recordings so they play properly in third-party media players and import into advanced video editing software without issue, unlike occasional 'faulty' recordings made by my old Windows Media Center which sometimes had incorrect timestamps that come from the broadcaster.

- In tv > recordings, click on the recording and an options window appears and then click on 'Edit' to activate the video editor for trimming .ts recordings where, for example, you can manually cut out commercials from recordings if required. Simply find the start and end of the commercials and each time click on the 'Cut' button, then click on the tick which changes to an 'X' which disables that section of the recording. Lastly click the 'Save' button and it saves to a folder of your choice in original (lossless) quality as no video encoding is done.

- In Live TV start typing a channel name (exclude any space, e.g. skynews) and press on 'Enter' once on your keyboard and the channel will change, or use the mouse wheel (up and down) in the lower left corner to find and change channel.

- To ensure scheduled recordings take place, in setup > advanced > tweakage, ensure the following boxes are checked/enabled: 'Add SichboPVR to the Windows start-up folder', 'Minimise to system tray instead of closing', 'Start in the background/minimised to tray' and 'Wake the computer for recordings'.

- In Live TV pressing the round record button at the bottom of the screen instantly starts a manual recording of the current live TV channel and clicking it again stops the manual recording.

- Get at least seven channels listed in the TV Guide in full screen mode by right-clicking on the SichboPVR.exe file in C:\Program Files\SichboPVR and clicking on 'Properties', then on the 'Compatibility' tab and checking the box 'Override high DPI scaling behaviour', especially when Display scaling in Windows is set to greater than 100%.

- Timeshifting in Live TV can be turned off (or on again) by clicking on the Settings icon next to the Stop button at the bottom of the Live TV screen and then clicking on the Timeshifting On/Off button. You can set the 'Timeshift Buffer Size' in GB to any number you want in setup > advanced > tweakage (the default is 10GB).

- For Picture-in-Picture hold Ctrl key + Click in the TV Guide to play multiple channels in new windows.

SichboPVR supports DVB-T/T2 Terrestrial, DVB-S/S2 Satellite, DVB-C Cable and ATSC tuners, has support for channels that use the newer H265 HEVC Video Decoder, support for XMLTV EPG files, WMC/MCE remotes and playback of .mpg and .mp4 videos in tv > folders (and in tv > recordings if .mpg and .mp4 videos are placed in your recordings folder).

I've been impressed with SichboPVR and find it easy to use as I don't need instructions as simply clicking on a symbol or word with the mouse usually performs a function. There's a good Help section on the SichboPVR website.

My best PVR was the old Windows Media Center but I find SichboPVR to be the best PVR now. I can't find anything to complain about as it does everything I want and more, and is in regular improvement judging by the Version history / Release notes above (worth a read to learn of its features).

Hope the tips given above are of help to others.

Review by vh688 on Jul 22, 2018 Version: 3.1.13 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

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