Last modified at 11/2/2013 9:10 PM by Koen Zomers

DVBLogic TVSource comes with a preloaded list with transponders from several cable, satellite and terrestrial providers throughout the world. These may be outdated or yours might not be available. In such case you may either choose to do a Network Scan or to create your own transponderlist. The latter will be explained here. Follow these steps to do so:

  1. Gather the transponder information regarding your tv signal. This may be by asking your tv provider for this information, looking it up in the manual or searching for it on the internet. For cable TV viewers in the Netherlands, you can use the website digitalekabeltelevisie.nl to gather the information regarding the transponders.

  2. I assume you have installed DVBLink Server and DVBLink TVSource already and are about to add your TV sources. If not, make sure you first perform these installs by running the dvblink_setup.exe executable contained within the dvblink_tvsource.zip download at dvblogic.com. Check the DVBLogic Wiki for a step by step installation guide (its a next-next-finish type of installation which can't really go wrong).

  3. Start the DVBLink Configuration web portal which by default is available on the machine where you installed the DVBLink products by opening a web browser and navigating to http://localhost:39876. You should see a page similar to the one shown below:

    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-1.png
  4. Click on the Sources tab at the top left
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-1b.png

  5. It should now show an empty list with Sources since these have not yet been configured.
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-1c.png

  6. Browse to the following folder on the machine where you have installed the DVBLogic product. This assumes you have installed DVBLogic in the default location. If not, replace the first underlined part with the actual location where you installed DVBLogic:

    C:\Program Files\DVBLogic\DVBLink\Templates\Sources\TVSource\transponders


  7. In this folder you will find a large amount of INI files. Each of these contains transponder information. In this howto I'm going to edit a DVB-C (cable) transponder file. For information on editing a satellite or terrestrial file, which is pretty similar, read the DVBLogic Wiki page. Open up the file 5031.ini in notepad. You will see the following contents:

    CreateTransponderList5031Contents.png

  8. First choose File -> Save as... in notepad to save this file under a new name, so we will not be overwriting existing files. Name the file 5030.ini.

    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-1d.png

  9. Now change the second line from 1=5031 to 1=5030 so it matches our new filename.

  10. The third line you may change to anything you like and which helps you identify your transponder file, just make sure the line starts with 2=

  11. Under the [DVB] section you can add all the transponders in use on your cable network. The first line starting with 0= contains the number of transponders mentioned in this file + 1. So as you see on the screenprint of notepad above, it shows 0=29 since there are 28 transponders listed, thus it should ready 28 + 1 = 29. Provide the transponder frequency on each line, making sure it starts with its own unique number counting upwards from the previous line. Use a 6 digit frequency, followed by ,V, and the symbol rate used on your network (6875 for the Ziggo cable network in The Netherlands). Make sure eventually the 0=<number of transponders + 1> line is correct.

  12. Once done, your file should look somewhat like the following:

    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-1e.png
    As you can see, these contents are specific to the Cogas cable network in Oldenzaal, delivering Ziggo digital services in The Netherlands. You can download the file here.

  13. Save your changes and close notepad.

  14. Switch back to your webbrowser where we left it at step 5. Add TVSources now for each of your hardware TV tuners by clicking on the TVSource icon in the left column under Source templates

    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-2.png
  15. In the popup that appears, enter any name you would like to use to identify your tuner and click OK to create the new TV Source.
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-3.png
  16. Repeat steps 14 and 15 for each hardware tuner you want to dedicate to DVBLogic. Remember that you can not share your hardware tuners with other software like Team Media Portal, DVBLogic needs full and exclusive access to them.

  17. Once you have created a TVSource for each hardware tuner you want to use, the webpage should look somewhat like:
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-4.png

  18. Now click on the wrench icon next to your first tuner to start configuring it
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-5.png
  19. On the Device tab that opens, you have to double click on the line representing the hardware device you want to use for this TVSource entry. Put a check in the Status column and make sure the Type column is set to the correct type of tuner you are using. Confirm your input buy clicking on the Yes button which appears under the row you're editing. Remember that each TVSource represents its own hardware tuning device, so do not activate more than one hardware device here per TVSource you are configuring.
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-6.png
  20. Notice that after clicking on the Yes box, a new tab Headends will appear at the top. Click on it.
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-7.png
  21. On the Headends page, click on the Add button at the bottom
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-8.png

  22. Double click on the row that is being added to the Headends list and select the correct provider. It should show an item with the exact name you have provided in the transponder file at step 10. Choose that entry and confirm by clicking on the Yes button.
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-9.png
  23. Again, new tabs have been added to the top of the page. click on the Scan tab to continue.
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-10.png
  24. At the top you will see your transponder file as named at step 10 being displayed. Under it you will see each transponder you have added to your transponder file at step 11. Click on the Select All button under the list with transponders to select them all. They are selected if they're shown with a white background.

    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-11.png
  25. Now click on the Scan button to start scanning for channels within the transponders.
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-12.png
  26. You will notice it scanning each of your transponders and showing the found channels in each transponder on the background. It may take a few minutes to complete, depening on the amount of transponders it needs to scan.
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-13.png
  27. Once its done, click on the Save button at the bottom right to save the found channels. You will now return to the Sources page which should now show a checkmark icon in the status column to indicate a properly configured TVSource.
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-14.png
  28. If you're having more than one hardware TV tuner, you can configure the rest of them in a similar way now. Note that it is possible to copy over the channel configuration from an already configured tuner, if it receives exactly the same channels (i.e. don't copy a DVB-C tuner channels from an already configured DVB-T tuner, but do from one DVB-C tuner to the next DVB-C tuner). To do this, click on the wrench icon of the TVSource to configure, select the proper hardware tuner to use for this TVSource, similar to step 19. Now instead of proceeding to the Headends tab, click the Import settingsbutton at the bottom.
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-15.png
  29. Select the already configured tuner and click on Import
    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-16.png
  30. You can now click Save at the bottom right and you should notice that the tuner is now correctly configured already, without having to do the channel scan again.

    DVBLogicv4-ConfigureTuners-Transponderfile-17.png