Experimental OpenPLi based images

OpenPLi officially does not have experimental branch, even though you could say that their GitHub repository is experimental as it is daily updated and also images are created daily. But in reality OpenPLi repository is not experimental as its staff does not include all the latest improvements that are being made available by users of this image. Official experimental branch will be available soon.

One of such improvements that everyone is waiting for is gstreamer. OpenPLi still uses very old version of gstreamer – v0.10. It “works” but it is obsolete piece of code that already reached version 1.8. Latest development offers lots of improvements especially with streaming.

There are two experimental images based on OpenPLi that you can try:

  1. SatDreamGr images – support for Dreambox, ET, Vu+, Ixuss and XP receivers
  2. Builds from MastaG –

There are some other improvements included, for example here is changelog from latest MastaG images:
– Replaced the official bootlogo with the World Press Photo of 2015:
“Hope for a New Life” by Warren Richardson.
– Resynced with master and taapat’s oe-core.
– Gstreamer snapshot upgraded to 1.7.90, except for spark/spark7162 where I ship version 1.6.3.
Reason for this was the playbin issue which I couldn’t solve: http://forums.openpl…ndpost&p=534693
– FFMpeg upgraded to 3.0 (thx to Taapat for the recipes).
gstreamer1.0-libav is now compiled against a reduced version of ffmpeg, leaving more free space.
– Reworked the Dreambox BSP thx to Captain and gjstroom for their work in OE-A.
Hopefully the DM800Se V2, DM7020HD V2 and DM500HD V2 are now working again.
If you have such receiver, please test and report back.
– Added libluray and the blurayplayer plugin by Taapat.
– Moved EMC plugin back to the feeds.
– Added Media-button support in keymap.xml thx to .:MarcinO:.
– Added wifi support for Atemio Nemesis thx to .:MarcinO:.
– Applied patch to servicemp3.cpp from mx3L to fix possible GSOD on switching audio tracks.
– Applied patch to servicemp3.cpp from mx3L for faster IPTV zapping.
– Applied patch to the dvbmediasink from mx3L to fix a possible freeze when seeking mp4 files.
See: http://forums.openpl…ndpost&p=534766
Please test and report back for me.
– Applied the linux 2.6.18 vermagic removal patch.
You should be able to load any kernel module on the DM800 again (use at your own risk).
– Created images for X Solo Mini 3 and Zgemma Star i55.
– Created new libeplayer builds for spark/spark7162 based on ffmpeg 3.0 thx to Taapat.
– Hopefully fixed CrossEPG (untested).
– Applied christophecvr’s patch for setting the debug level.
See: http://forums.openpl…ndpost&p=530210
You can find the option in the bottom at Menu -> Settings -> User-interface.
Setting it to “0” will disable eDebug’s completely and will give you smoother playback of IPTV streams on slower receivers.

You can see that there are many improvements, not only gstreamer. The most interesting one is the debug level patch. If you set debug level to 0, you finally get normal receiver behavior when playing video files with external subtitles. With normal OpenPLi you get annoying spinners when fast forwarding video with external subtitles.

Hope you will find this article useful.


E-Channelizer is better DreamSet and DreamBoxEdit alternative

E-Channelizer is great and quite recent alternative to well known and already established Enigma 2 editors DreamSet and DreamBoxEdit. Author of this application made a bold move and decided to compete with legends among editors – probably every Enigma 2 enthusiast knows DreamSet or DreamBoxEdit.

E-Channelizer website is very well organized, you can get all extensive information about the software, backed up with excellent pictures/screenshots and tutorials. Its features are nicely described, I could write them here but I suggest you rather visit the website.

There are a few advantages that I noticed when using it.

First advantage is the speed of the application. DreamSet is still the fastest but it lacks features. DreamboxEdit is the slowest of them.

Second advantage is the ability to mishmash different channel lists into only one, even if the channel list has some unknown errors. I had problems with DreamboxEdit, it just didn’t allow me to merge my custom channel list with the one taken from the internet, apparently my list had some errors which E-channelizer successfully ignored. You cannot run two instances of the application and just copy/paste between two different channel lists. This feature is available in DreamSet only.

Third advantage is you can attach picons or EPG to IPTV streams. Usually IPTV streams have simple channel references, something like 1:0:1:0:0: … You cannot attach EPG to such channel ids – you need to first attach channel ids from other channels which already have EPG. This application allows you to find and attach EPG from existing DVB-T/C/S2 channels to IPTV streams. Of course you can do this manually but if you prefer GUI, you can use E-Channelizer.

Fourth advantage is ability to stream channels within the application. You need to install VLC though – but I think that many E2 users already have VLC on their computers as it is needed to stream channels via WebIf. Streaming works OK although I still prefer good old VLC.

There might be other advantages but you need to find them yourself.

There are some limitations too. It does not work with Windows XP (yes, old Windows, but some are still using it). You need to have at least .NET Framework 4.5. Linux and Max are not supported, application only runs on Windows systems – Windows 10 / 8 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 (32/64 bit).

Application is regularly updated and you can download it here. I suggest you check it out as soon as possible. This is not paid article!


OpenBlackHole image based on OpenPLi released

Guys from BlackHole team decided to also go opensource road. They used OpenPLi base (smart decision) and added their own stuff like:
– Black Hole panels
– Hbbtv
– Open GLes animations (Duo2, Solo2, SoloSE)
– Xbmc (Duo2, Solo2, SoloSE)

All OpenPLi plugins and skins are compatible with this image. Their repository can be seen here:

I hope they will not stop with the maintenance of this image as they did with the BlackPole in 2012. For more information visit OpenPLi forum:


Two new BlackHole skins for OpenPLi

Matrix10 kindly donated two FullHD skins to OpenPLi community.

First one is MX Graphite. Here is short info:
Skin default in OBH image
Skin format 1920 x 1080
‘icons format 220 x 132 (X Picon)
Used picons from @halus61 VU+C forum
Skin type High speed and performance

Second one is MX HQ7. Here is short info:
Skin default in last Black Hole image
Skin format 1920 x 1080
Picons format 220 x 132 (X Picon)
Used picons from @halus61 VU+C forum
Skin type modern OS High speed and performance

For more information and downloads please visit OpenPLi forum.


CI+ modules can be now used on Vu+ and DM receivers

Recently something came to the surface regarding CI+ modules. First some guys uploaded plugin for new Dreambox receiver 7080HD which uses new version of Enigma. You can get more information here:

Few days ago VTi released new image for Vu+ receiver which has embedded support for CI+ modules. Their official changelog does not contain information about CI+ support but they have added it. More information is available on their forum

Feedback is positive (German users are especially happy as lots of their providers uses CI+ modules) but I am afraid that Vu+ doesn’t have license for CI+ and that CI+ support in VTi is illegal. You may still use it though, just like you use CS. Do not expect official support for OpenPLi and OpenPLi based images unless Vu+ has license for CI+. We may get unofficial built OpenPLi with added support but this is pure speculation.

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