Friday, 15 November 2013

Simultaneous Recording Test

On foot of a discussion on, I did a quick test last night to confirm that the Octopus / DuoFlex set up supports multiple channel access on the same transponder/multiplex.

I managed to set up MediaPortal to successfully record 3 channels simultaneously and watch a fourth from a DVB-T feed (Saorview).

The channels I recorded were RTE Two HD, TV3 and 3e while I tuned TG4. As I've only got a single DVB-T card in my set up, giving me two tuners, this proves that the card is capable of accessing any additional channels on a tuned transponder/multiplex.

This is good news.

For me, it means I won't need a second DVB-T tuner card as there are only two multiplexes on the Saorview digital terrestrial service and the current setup will allow me access at least 4 channels simultaneously. Adding another DVB-S2 card will give me 4x S2 tuners in total as well as the two DVB-T tuners allowing recording of oodles of channels with some headroom to spare on the Octopus.

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