Foxtel on Windows Media Center #Method 2
Due to the PCMediaCenter website being shutdown this article has faded into the web archives. As the article is still current and works I have rewritten the How-To by “grinderrr” with modifications by myself on the best way to set this up in your environment.
- You may notice there are alot, if not all steps which require constant restarting. This is necessary as we are using an older version of the DVBlink software which is a bit fragile.
- This setup is not for the faint hearted and you may encounter problems while going through the steps. However If you are willing to pursue and are determined I suggest go for it!
- Please keep in mind you can click any image below and it will maximize itself without redirecting away from this page.
Minimum 1x Hauppauge Colossus Card
Microsoft Remote/IR Receiver & IR Blaster Cables
Optional: Satellite TV Card (For generating your own EPG data) (Must also have Windows BDA Drivers)
Foxtel/Austar IQ Box (IQ or IQ2 will work)
If your wanting to use HDMI you will need a way of removing the HDCP encryption (Please see this article: Here)
Desktop Computer with PCI-Express slots (Corresponding to the number of Colossus cards your installing)
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64bit (Tested & Working)
*Service Pack 1 also works.
(You MUST use these specific software versions as others encounter problems working)
DVBLink Server 4.0.1
DVBLink For Colossus
This addon requires a license. You will be able to purchase one the first time you start “Bridgeconfig.exe” in the Configure the Colossus Bridge Software section.
From memory it was about $40USD (well worth it by the end though).
mcepgchannelinfo (Last Updated: January 2016)
IR Codes (Suitable for Foxtel IQ Boxes)
Hauppauge Colossus Card Drivers:
Tested & Working:
0.1. If you have Foxtel IQ Decoders they automatically have a power saving option switched on which turns the decoder off by default after a certain amount of time. You must go into settings on the decoder and disable this. Unfortunately as I last did this awhile ago I don’t know the exact menu but it was in “Setup”.
1. Install the Colossus card drivers as previously downloaded.
2. Reboot your machine.
3. At this stage ensure you have hooked up your IR Blaster cable(s) to your remote receiver and place the transmitter in direct line of site of the Foxtel Decoder. If you have more then one decoder you can use something like cardboard to separate the decoders&their IR Blasters so they don’t interfere with each other.
Installation of DVBLink Software
1. Extract the file downloaded earlier called “dvblink_server”. Install it then reboot.
2. Extract the file downloaded earlier called “ColossusBridgeSetup4.0B2”. Install it then reboot.
Setup your Foxtel Channels
1. Extract the file downloaded earlier called “mcepgchannelinfo” inside should be a .xml file. Move that file into the directory: “C:\Program Files (x86)\DVBLogic\DVBLink\common”.
2. Restart your computer
Configure DVBLink for Colossus
1. Open up a browser and goto the address “http://localhost:39876” Without the quotations.
The default login details are:
There is no need to change these credentials.
2. Create a source by selecting Colossus (Stream) on the left under the source templates list.
If you have multiple colossus cards try to stick to a conventional naming series such as: colo1 and colo2 etc.
Configure DVBLink for EPG Data
If you installed a Satellite TV card for EPG data (From the requirements) or use another program for EPG data please continue otherwise skip to configuring the colossus bridge software.
1. Create another source by clicking XMLTV EPG Source in the Source Templates list. Call this fox_xml
PLEASE NOTE: Once you’ve done this step, you must tell whichever program you use to generate your EPG information to save it to the directory: C:\ProgramData\DVBLogic\DVBLink\xmltv
You can name the EPG data file anything. In my case I have named it: TVguide.xml
Configure the Colossus Bridge Software for each decoder
1. Before going ahead, restart your computer again.
2. Open up Windows Explorer and goto the directory “C:\Program Files (x86)\DVBLogic\DVBLink\sources”
3. You should see all sources you created in the previous couple of steps.
4. For each Colossus source you added – go into that source directory and open “BridgeConfig.exe”
5. Choose the Channel Lineup from the dropdown box and click next.
6. Select the input of your decoder
– On the setup tab you need to specify how you’ve connected Foxtel to the Colossus. In my example I have chosen HDMI for both Video & Audio.
6.1 – Click properties and make sure your settings look the same as mine.
7. Select the blaster tab
* I’ve gone to the trouble of figuring out the best settings for my setup. You may or may not have to configure yours if your setup differs or doesn’t respond correctly to them.
* Please note in my case I use a MCE IR system. If you use another option like the Colossus built in blasters or FireSTB your on your own as I have had no prior experience with them.
* If you have a Foxtel IQ Box then you can simply extract the IQ.zip file that you downloaded early and extract the contents to: “”C:\Program Files (x86)\DVBLogic\DVBLink\Data\%capturecard%\”
%capturecard% = What you named your colossus streams back in
Configure DVBLink for Colossus > Step 2. Otherwise you will have to learn your cable tv IR commands manually.
8. General Settings Tab
– This is more to choose whether you want power saving for your decoder or not. I recommend not to have any otherwise DVBlink screws up (Happened to me).
9. Advanced Settings Tab
– Leave all these as defaults (If your settings differ then make sure there the same as mine).
10. Once completed make sure you have clicked “Apply Changes” in the bottom right and then press the X on the window. You should now reboot again.
11. You now want to setup the channels on the DVBlink Web Interface.
Open up a browser and goto the address “http://localhost:39876” Without the quotations.
12. Click on the Channels tab and setup your channel lineup. You must tick your colossus card and click add then the save button down the bottom. If you have multiple colossus cards add both of them then proceed to the Channel Merge tab.
13. Make sure all Colossus channels are showing on the right hand side.
14. If you have been setting up the EPG then proceed to EPG sources otherwise click save and reboot and goto step 16.
15. Select “epg” from the top drop down box, then select TVguide.xml or whatever you called your EPG XML file in the second drop down box. Now either use the automatic EPG Source assignment to map your channels to the correct guide data or manually map them by clicking on each EPG name box corresponding to the channel and then double clicking the guide data field on the right hand side. Once finished, save and reboot!
16. Now its time to start Windows Media Center and see if everythings working.
TV Setup should be performed only once when DVBLink Server or DVBLink Network Client is installed for the first time.
17. To do TV Setup go to Settings -> TV -> TV signal -> Setup TV Signal. This starts the TV Setup wizard.
18. Follow the steps of the wizard to setup your TV Signal:
19. Select your actual Region
20. Enter your actual postcode
21. Agree to the terms of Guide services
22. At this point Media Center starts downloading of latest TV setup data for your region
23. MediaCenter may ask you whether to install PlayReady. You MUST Click Yes to install it. (If you get an error just ignore it and select next).
Select one by one and configure all shown DVBLink Tuners (There may be either 4 or 8. Make sure you select each one until they are all chosen.
24. At this point MediaCenter will ask you whether you want to configure other available (non DVBLink) tuners. You may want to configure additional tuners if you have them (those which are not controlled by DVBLink Server!) – this is an optional step but please note if you have added a satellite card for EPG data DO NOT add this to media center.
25. When you finish configuring all DVBLink tuners, Media Center will present you with an overview of all detected channels. This should be pretty fast as its reading all the channels from that channel lineup file we dealt with earlier. If you have other tuners you are adding then it may take longer.
26. Once again if you have been setting up the EPG data, you now want to goto the main media center menu > Extras > DVBLink > Synchronize Channel Data.
27. This may affect your computer performance slightly while it imports and matches the guide data into media center with the appropriate channels. This will happen automatically in the future so don’t worry.
28. Give Live TV a go!
If you have problems don’t stress! pursue and google. I am also happy to answer questions directly on this post (I get notifications on each comment). Keep in mind the first installation I did took a few hours extra as I needed to optimize my IR settings for each Colossus card (Configure the Colossus Bridge Software for each decoder > Step 7).
DVBLink Server: http://dvblogic.com/en/software/windows-pc/
DVBLink for Colossus: http://1geek1tool.com/colossus/
Hauppauge Colossus Card: http://www.hauppauge.com/site/support/support_colossus.html?zoom_highlight=colossus
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