DVBLink for IPTV Installation and Configuration manual

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M3U file

To configure DVBLink for IPTV to work with your IPTV channels you need a so-called m3u file. This file contains list of all TV channels, provided by your ISP. You can usually obtain this file from the website or support forum of your ISP.

To verify file format open this m3u file in a text editor (for example - notepad). File should start with #EXTM3U tag and contain the following lines for each channel:

#EXTINF:n,channel name

udp://@ip address:port


#EXTINF:n,channel name

rtp://@ip address:port


#EXTINF:n,channel name

rtsp://@ip address:port


#EXTINF:n,channel name

http://@ip address:port

Important: Please note that for correct support of international character encoding of channel names, m3u file should be saved in utf-8 format.

To verify whether IPTV is actually working you may try to watch couple of channels in VLC player.

DVBLink Configuration webpage

How to access DVBLink Configuration web page

Activate DVBLink for IPTV trial

How to activate DVBLink software trial

Add DVBLink for IPTV instance

Navigate to Sources tab of DVBLink configuration web page.

DVBLink Configuration shows all installed DVBLink sources, including DVBLink for IPTV, on the “Sources” screen. To actually use DVBLink for IPTV you need to add DVBLink for IPTV source as shown in the following figure:

Iptv add src.jpg

Enter name for a new instance of the DVBLink for IPTV source in the dialog that comes and press Ok button.

DVBLink for IPTV configuration

Select a DVBLink for IPTV instance in the list on the right and press Settings button next to this source to start its configuration dialog:

Dvblink iptv config.jpg

Playlist selection

DVBLink for IPTV works with either local playlist or a remote playlist, stored on the web and accessible via http link.

DVBLink for IPTV installation contains m3u files for a number of ISPs. If your provider is not on this list, you will have to create/obtain its M3U file and put it into playlists folder, which is located inside DVBLink data directory:

How to find out where DVBLink user data files are stored

Network adapter selection

For certain types of the IPTV stream (udp, rtp and rtsp) it is required to select a correct network adapter, which is used to receive this stream. Please make sure that a real network adapter is selected (e.g. not local loopback or virtual host adapters).

Transcoding settings

DVBLink for IPTV works only with IPTV sources, which deliver mpeg-2 transport stream. If your IPTV source delivers stream in a different format, it is still possible to use it with DVBLink for IPTV, by converting it into mpeg-2 transport stream (aka transcoding).

In this part of the settings, you can enable stream transcoding for particular stream types and specify bitrate of the output stream.

Please note that transcoding process may be (very) CPU consuming and use it with care.

User agent

User agent is only applicable to http streaming. By default DVBLink uses DVBLink as its user agent string.

If your provider serves IPTV streams only to certain devices or browsers, you can mimic them here by specifying their user agent string.

Channel selection

Once you have set up your IPTV source instance please proceed with channel selection as described in How to select channels.

Windows MediaCenter setup (only applicable to Windows version)

How to configure DVBLink tuners in Windows MediaCenter

How to synchronize DVBLink channels in Windows MediaCenter

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