HDHomerun - does is need a sub in the UK or is the FTA EPG sufficient?

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  1. Stevie G

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    Hi people

    I'm looking at getting a HDHomerun Quattro freeview PVR for my home media set up and was wondering if anyone has exerience of the HDHmeruns in the UK?

    They appear to have an option for a subscription for a 14 day EPG - is that neccesary? Doesn't UK Freeview already carry sufficient program data to show the program times, names, basic info?

    I plan to use it mostly with Kodi (on my Shield TV, which is our main media centre in the lounge) and also on Plex or Emby (for mobile - haven't settled on which I prefer yet and tend to use Plex more, but considering setting up Emby as the main central point for Kodi for keeping track of plays, stops and starts, etc).

    I have a VBox PVR but it's not very reliable so will be passing that on, but that does generally pick up TV show schedules (although HD ones have to be mapped to copy their SD equivalent).

    Thanks
     
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    The HDHomerun Quattro does not appear to be a Freeview box. It seems that it's a generic FTA box with no Freeview EPG. But you can probably get the 7 day EPG off t'internet.
     
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    Ah, ok, I hadn't realised that. The VBox is similar but does have the option to pick up the EPG, but if HDHomerun want to charge for a full EPG presumably they don't let you get the FTA one. Hmmm
     
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    It's not a case of 'getting it', it's a case of they have to pay to get it Freeview certified.
     
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    Ah,I see, maybe vbox did for the vbox gateway then
     
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    The Vbox isn't Freeview certified, at least on my box it can't show the BBC (Huffman encoded) channel data. The epg data comes via the internet.
     
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    If you're running one of the more recent firmwares you should be able to kind of map HD channels to SD channels (they call it channel pairing), so you can tell it to use the EPG data for BBC One for BBC One HD, BBC Two for BBC Two HD, etc.
     
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    It doesn't work for me as both the BBC SD and HD epg entries appear to be encoded. I do not get an epg for SD or HD channels.

    I have the latest firmware according to the box.
     

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