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TSReader is a transport stream analyzer, decoder, recorder and stream manipulator for MPEG-2 systems. It supports DVB, ATSC, ISDB, and Digicipher® II extensions to the base MPEG-2 specification. TSReader gives the user the "big picture" overview of what's being carried inside MPEG-2 transport streams and can be very useful for finding errors or inefficiencies. TSReader Standard costs $100 and Professional $400, see this version comparison.

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2.8.54 (March 26, 2019)


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Version 2.8, build 54:
Pro: The Stream Monitor window now displays the stream source data making multiple instances of the stream monitor easier to read
Pro: Added the -A switch to TSWatcher to allow it to start automatically
Pro: Changed TSWatcher to handle streams with more than 64 programs
Pro: Added an alarm to TSWatcher to allow it to monitor the NULL (stuffing) data rate. Useful should the stream feeding a modulator stop
All: Added a delay when switching mode on the TBS 5590 due to an error on some Windows 10 machines
Pro: Fixed an issue with TSWatcher where some alarms wouldn't be written to the log file correctly
Pro: Added the STREAMMONITOR command to the Control Server
All: Fixed an issue with the aspect ratio of MPEG-2 SD 16:9 video with AFD data
Std/Pro: Added support for 8K SUHD video using the H.265 codec
All: Added support for the TBS-6205 quad tuner card in DVB-C, DVB-T/T2 and QAM-B (MCNS) modes
All: Added support for the satellite XML list from SatBeams. Currently the satellites.xml needs to be downloaded from their website and then placed in the TSReader install folder manually. This will be automated in the future
Std/Pro: Fixed an issue where the chroma and luma sampling data on H.265 video streams (HDR) didn't show correctly
Pro: Changed the SCTE-35 processor to ignore the network type. This prevented SCTE-35 messages from being shown on some streams
Pro: Added the —n switch to disable Stream Monitor logging
Std/Pro: Updated the -c switch to allow the Control Server to listen only a specific interface
Std/Pro: Added the —p switch to allow the TSReader window position and size to be specified
Pro: Added the —N switch to allow the window position of the Stream Monitor window to be specified
All: Updated the RTP and HRTP source modules so that SMPTE 2022-4 processing could be turned off. Some encoders put garbage after the MPEG-2 transport stream packets in RTP frames and this was causing TSReader to crash thinking it was SMPTE 2022-4 data
All: Fixed an issue where the channel name from a CVCT might not be shown on a thumbnail
All: Fixed a problem where exporting HTML with only thumbnails would result in an empty HTML file
Std/Pro: Added support for https to the IPTV source module
Std/Pro: The Save Thumbnails function now writes audio thumbnails if they are available
All: The Dektec QAM sources now support the DTU-236
Pro: Added the ability to include tuner data in the Stream Monitor log
Pro: Improvements to the SCTE-35 decoder. When a time signal message is received, the actual time between the splice time and PCR time is calculated and shown
Pro: Added INFO VIDEO command to the Control Server. This sends the video codec, resolution, interlace type and black percentage for each program in the mux
Pro: Added the —t switch to enable tuner info logging in the Stream Monitor
Pro: Added the —T switch to allow the PMT timeout to be set
All: Fixed a crash that could occur feeding short non MPEG-2 transport stream files into the File source module
Std/Pro: Updated the processing of MPEG AAC audio streams. They are now listed as ADTS or LATM format rather than MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AAC which is a better description. Audio parameters such as sampling rate and channel mode are now shown for these streams
All: Added source modules to handle IPv6 in both UDP and RTP formats
Pro: Added a forwarder module to output IPv6 in UDP and RTP
Std/Pro: Fixed an issue with the -X+ switch
All: Fixed a crash in the TBS 5590 DVB-C2 source module
Pro: Added logging and analysis of PCR, PTS and DTS (Export/Log Video/Audio timing). A text file is generated - a sample is here
Pro: Added support for the timing analysis above to the Control Server via the TIMING START and TIMING STOP commands
All: Added a warning for TBS devices that some versions of Windows require TSReader to run at least once in Administrator mode in order for the device to work correctly
All: Added decoding of E-AC3 audio header

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