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.


Having problem with EPG import (Rytec packages)?

Due to abuse of XMLTV files that are used by popular EPG importer that OpenPLi uses and which is maintained by OpenPLi forum user “Doglover”, OpenPLi guys did some changes and update of plugin sources is now mandatory. Here is what you need to do in telnet:

opkg update
opkg upgrade enigma2-plugin-extensions-xmltvimport-rytec

You should be good to go then but there is even better solution to this problem. You should just update the image to the latest version. If you are running old ViX, OpenATV or even OpenPLI 2.1/3.0, you need to reflash asap.

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