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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 DigicipherŪ 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.

Released:Oct 27,2017
File size:35.0MB
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2.8.50 (October 27, 2017)


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Version 2.8 build 50:
Known issues
Captions from H.264 streams are not saved correctly in archive mode
Captions carried in SCTE-20 format and written in the archive mode will sometimes be jibberish
Changed in 2.8, build 50:
Std/Pro: Fixed an issue with the MPEG INFO command where CRC counters would always report zero
Std/Pro: Fixed the Ctrl+A accelerator key (which does Record/Record Mux) that accidentally got removed in 2.8.49
All: SAT>IP sources only set the &fe= parameter when the front end is non-zero
All: Added optional comma-separated PID list for SAT>IP sources to allow operation with tuners not supporting the &pids=all command. Use of this is not recommended, but is provided for those using these type of SAT>IP tuners
All: Alitronika DVB-C source module no longer erroneously reports failure to lock
All: DVB-T NIT can now be exported
All: Plugin now included for BISS Mode 1 scrambling. This is often used for satellite feeds and can accept either 12 character (same odd/even keys) or 32 characters for different odd/even scrambling keys. This is documented here
Pro: Added an option to select between local and UTC time when logging CC/TEI errors
Pro: Added output folder selection for TSBitCounter data, the ability to set how often TSBitCounter data is written and if the total or an average should be written
Std/Pro: Checking for a new version now will correctly show a new version available when using a pre-release version and the actual release version is available
All: The setup program now adds an exception to the Windows firewall for TSReader since that often seems to get in the way of some source modules
All: When decoding the rating level on ATSC transmissions, if the RRT (Region Rating Table) isn't present, TSReader now has region 1 (US) rating data included so the rating level is always shown
Std/Pro: New chart added that displays the "Last Sec" rate that's shown in the TSReader MPEG-2 Statistics display. This is useful for watching the rate on variable rate streams typically carried over IP networks
All: Dolby AC-4 audio streams are now supported
Std/Pro: The "Last Sec." counter in the MPEG-2 statistics now alternates between the data received in the last second and the maximum per second that has been received
Std/Pro: The setup program can now associate .ts files with TSReader. It will automatically switch to the File source module when these files are opened by Windows. For TSReader Professional users, we always suggest having the "Default" profile use the File source
All: ATSC virtual channel numbers are now displayed much more predominantly much like logical channel numbers in the DVB system
Pro: Revived the live mosaic option. VLC 1.1.9 is the maximum version of VLC that supports this function.Configuration details are here
Std/Pro: Added the ability to display the user data carried in MPEG-2, H.264 and H.265 video streams
Pro: When the Table Viewer is used to look at raw data from a table, multiple sections from the selected table are now shown
Pro: Changed the TSBitCounter logging format to make it much easier to use the data with spreadsheets
All: Minor changes to TSReader for better compatibility with Wine which allows TSReader to run without Windows on MacOS or Linux. Only modules that are compatible with Wine are shown when selecting the source module and in TSReader Pro's Forwarder menu.We've documented how to get TSReader running on MacOS and Ubuntu Linux here
Pro: Added an option to TSWatcher to import the Multicast UDP/RTP lists
All: Added support for the Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Connect Quatro with four 8VSB/QAM tuners
Changed in 2.8, build 49:
All: Added source modules for the TBS 6902 DVB-S/S2 card
Pro: Fixed a problem with SCTE-35 messages getting corrupted on networks with a weak and noisy signal.
Pro: Added a network-wide monitoring program called TSWatcher. More details can be found here
Std/Pro: Added an option to the -R switch (-Rt) to tell TSReader to split files in the number of seconds specified rather than the number of MB
Pro: TSWatcher: Added support for monitoring DVB System Information PID rates
Pro: TSWatcher: Added support for importing DVB-T/T2 and 8VSB multiplex lists
Pro: TSWatcher: Added option to write alarms to a plain text file in the TSReader/TSWatcherLogs folder
Pro: TSWatcher: Added alarm for a particular PID falling below a specified data rate
Pro: TSWatcher: All alarm values can now be changed
Pro: Added a forwarder module for TCP
Std/Pro: An H.265 thumbnail decoder is now included with TSReader
Pro: Added display of closed captions carried in H.265 video
Pro: ccextract program also supports H.265 video
All: UDP/RTP/HRTP source modules now show the source address of the stream
All: Added support for SAT>IP DVB-C interfaces
Pro: TSWatcher: Add alarm for checking the presence of listed PIDs
Pro: Updated the ITW-9500 (DVB-T modulator) forwarder module to support more than one of these modulators at a time using different TSReader Profiles
Pro: Added the ability to ignore SCTE-35 NULL CUE messages. This is toggled by right-clicking on any CUE elementary stream in the tree view. This does not affect logging of CUE messages - just their display
All: Added support for Silicon Dust HDHomeRun ISDB-Tb models
Pro: Changed the behavior of the Control Server's FORWARD ON command so that if a forwarder module has a setup dialog, this dialog is not displayed. This means before using this command, the forwarder must be run manually to set the parameters
Pro: Updated the ITW-9500 code to use the latest manufacturer API
Pro: Adds logging support for the upcoming TSBitCounter program
Pro: Added LOG command to the control server. Sub-commands are TSBitCounter or SCTE35. TSBitCounter is then followed by either ON or OFF and SCTE35 is followed by either the file name to log to or OFF to disable
Pro: Added support for the ITW-9517 low-cost ISDB-T modulator
All: Added support for SMPTE 2022-4 to the RTP source modules. TSReader does not process any FEC included but it does handle the extra SMPTE 2022-4 data added to the MPEG-2 payload part of the RTP packets. If the sender is using the SMPTE 2022-4 packet counter mode, TSReader will re-generate the NULL packets discarded by the sender
Pro: RTP and RTP with SMPTE 2022-4 modes added to the UDP mux forwarder
All: Depreciated the D-VHS, Roku HD-1000 and XNS playback modules. These technologies and devices are all obsolete
Lite: TSReader's window is now resizable
Std: The thumbnail processor now runs multiple streams in parallel - this will make thumbnail decoding much faster on multiple program transport streams
Pro: A one time per profile warning is now shown if the parallel thumbnail thread count is lower than recommended and can automatically fix this. Like the Standard version this speeds up thumbnail generation but is even faster in Pro
Changed in 2.8, build 48b:

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