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SmartDVB is an unpretentious digital-tv watch application for satellite, terrestrial or cable TV cards. Emphasis has been put on overall speed and user experience on the desktop concerning DVB operations like scanning and channel viewing. It also allows for HTPC/PVR functionality through SmartOSD and legacy video renderer OSD. New OSD includes Options menu for quick PVR like access, better integrated EPG, Teletext, graphical timeshift, program data, zoom, custom graphics station list and also logo support.

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog / What's New

0.5.3 x64/x86 portable versions are now available. The build includes many fixes and the following improvements:

Added support for external splitters, including LAV Splitter support. Please note that LAV Splitter support is experimental and initial connection is slow compared to the default splitter (SmartAVSrc). So if you care most about tuning speed, and not so much about picture quality, do not use the LAV Splitter.
Added windowed EPG viewer
Better support for 4:2:2 4k and 8k
Added EVR-CP (Custom Presenter) video renderer, with support for HDR and external shaders. Including support for rendered subtitles (DVB/Teletext Subtitles)
improved 4:2:2 support (LAV Splitter in combination with the LAV Video Decoder plays 4:2:2 quite well)
improved 4k and 8k support
MDAPI improvements/enhancements (including x64 build fixes)
Extended zooming support dialog. Zoom settings can be saved per channel.
Improved MadVR support (also works well with the LAV Splitter)
Support for external multiplexers (including Microsoft MPEG2 demux, Elecard demux, Mainconcept demux etc)
Graph performance settings (experimental, leave the default settings if you don't really know what you're doing here) improvements/fixes, added device settings to set the defualt tuning method.
Initial (experimental) CAM Menu support for TBS CI CAM devices only. Please report if you have issues with this feature as it has not been tested extensively.
Improvements to DVB Transport Stream file play mode video quality/stability, play HEVC DVB File option added. Please do not use transport stream recordings of sizes lower than about 100Mb as otherwise transport stream playback can be somehwat unstable.
Improvements to SmartOSD default scaling

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Easy to use and user friendly interface .
Low footprint, fast operation with fast channel changing.
Supports integrated logos (station list, Electronic program guide)
Supports Skystar 2 WDM and BDA-S/T/C and ATSC devices.
Includes a BlindScanner (as of 0.2.5 RC1) which also scans for channels (your blindscan card must be supported by the crazycat streamreader.dll blindscan interface)
Supports SkyWalker devices used in North America for turbo-fec modulations.
North american support includes Digicipher II modulations (with bda genpix module)
Supports diseqc (depending on DVB Supe used) including motor support.
Ability to be used like PVR (personal video recorder) with new SmartOSD
SmartOSD which allow for remote usage or quick clickable access.
Graphical timeshift (SmartOSD) which
Graphical (SmartOSD) Options menu for easy acccess of basic PVR functionality (Audio track, Aspect ratio, subtitles, epg, teletext etc)
SmartOSD integrated Teletext (clickable & remote)
Quick zoom functionality available through SmartOSD (also remote)
Ability to select specific device per frequency list/satellite to possibly use a different device per satellite/frequency list (also dvb-t/c etc).
From version 0.3.0+ no administration execution is required (if application data is installed at the local application data folder).
Custom graphical station list with logo support
Basic ability to play external media files.
Basic ability to re play DVB transport files which also allows for epg/teletext to be viewed from the recorded/saves transport stream file.
OSD (on-screen-display) which can also be used as a basic HTPC/PVR setup through remote.
DiSeqC support includes using cascaded switches setups (diseqc 1.1)
H264 and S2 support (through bda driver) so you can enjoy full HD channels.
You can create scheduled record tasks for your favorite tv programs .
Supports teletext and multi audio channel, including teletext subtitles.
Supports MD-API plugins.
Supports MPEG PS and Transport Stream record formats .
Mpeg PS records support radio, AC3, HD (H.264)
Multiple same mux/frequency recordings (up to 64 concurrent records) with integrated progress window.
Supports Windows XP® ,Windows Vista® and Windows 7® operating system .
Includes integrated EPG (Electronic Program Guide) with logo/content support
Supports timeshifting also for H264 channels.
Supports winlirc remotes and native remotes (depending on DVB device used)
Supports basic CI (Common interface)
Optimized EVR (Enhanced Video Renderer) support
Favorite channel list so you can arrange your stations like you want
Remote channel list so you can arrange your stations for customized use with your remote
Snapshots so you can make an image in BMP format of the current channel
UDP streaming to other pc's using a UDP capable viewer like VLC.
Allows you to use multiple monitors with the fullscreen/application mode.
Customizable for usage in North America (scanner and epg parser)
Customizable input settings for keyboard or remotes.
DVB subtitles.
Basic AddOns allows for custom SmartDVB applications.

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Rating by cd10dc on Dec 16, 2019 Version: 0 5 3 26 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Didn’t work on Win XP SP3 with my Avermedia HC58

Review by ART on Jul 23, 2018 Version: 2.513 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

I've been a happy user of the 32 bit versions, so I thought I'd try the 64 bit Beta alongside the latest 32 bit release.
No problems getting it going, but there are intermittent audio sync / frame drop problems not apparent during the same programs in the 32 bit 0.5.0 version.
This is irrespective of resolution, SD or HD. Strangely it doesn't seem to effect recordings. I need to record more to be certain.
OTOH, a minor problem in the release version where the lower third or so of the full screen display is greyed out (other display modes OK) seems fixed in the 64 bit Beta.

This is not a complaint; I think SmartDVB is a wonderful TV client. Just providing feedback for the 64 bit Beta.

Review by AlanC on Oct 24, 2017 Version: 64 bit Beta OS: Windows 7 Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

i have been using vlc player to rec and watch tv only problem is that vlc player will rec every channel on the frequency and also when watching tv some programs will be interlaced so i have been using mediaplayer classic to watch tv as it can use my video card to decode the video and its also make the video look alot better not interlaced but you cant rec video with mediaplayer classic

but thanks too this great app i have the best of both these app and now i can rec 1 channel and watch another channel even if its not on the same frequency

and this app is free WOW

Review by jamespoo on Apr 2, 2015 Version: 0.4.0 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Great software! Although the interface looks just a teensy bit outdated - who cares in view of the rest!
I got a Terratec Cinergy HTC Stick (USB-connection) a few days ago. The delivered software is a Terratec-version of DVBViewer. Alas, took almost 4(!) hours to detect all the available DVB-C channels and channel switching takes sometimes up to 15 or 20 sec. The interface looks a bit smarter - but recording options are close to none especially regarding video/audio quality.

Here SmartDVB outsmarts! Seeking all available DVB-C channels took less than 5 minutes(!) (same hardware, same system), channel-switching is smooth and fast, i.e. instantly!
And there are numerous settings available in the recording section. Have to try those yet.
Keep up the good work!

Review by nbarzgar on Jan 25, 2014 Version: 0.3.5 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

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