[vdr] Freesat EPG

Dominic Morris dom at suborbital.org.uk
Fri Feb 27 22:30:35 CET 2009

On Fri, 27 Feb 2009, Tony Houghton wrote:

> I've had a quick look at the Freesat EPG patch for VDR to try to
> understand how it works. I think I've read that the Freesat EPG is
> broadcast on Eurobird (and only on one transponder?) whereas most of the
> programs are actually broadcast on Astra 28.2E, but the patch doesn't
> seem to add anything to VDR for selecting transponders.

I believe that it's broadcast on all Freesat transponders, certainly for 
me, tuning to a BBC channel starts pulling in all the EPG info.

> I'd also like to find some more information about the Huffman encoding
> tables it uses. Apparently these need updating periodically. Are the
> tables broadcast alongside the EPG, but means to receive them hasn't
> made it into the VDR patch (yet)?

They're hardcoded into STB so the complete tables zip file won't need 
updating - the only reason why the tables might need updating is if you're 
using the "derived by observation" set, which I've not had a chance to do 
recently - stick to the complete set and you can't go wrong.

> I'd also like to know if and how Freesat's logical channel numbers are
> broadcast and if there are alternative SDTs, PATs and PMTs especially
> for Freesat instead of the BSkyB ones.

As far as I've seen everything is fairly standard, though the tables are 
off set by 3800 pids, so the BAT is at pid 3841. In terms of features I 
suspect that if you look at how Freeview handles thing, add 3800 to the 
pid then things will be the same - certainly TVAnytime is implemented the 



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