VPS and EPG function
In Views where a Timer or a Search can be created, the option to switch the VPS or EPG function on or off is available.
Some channels provide very precise start and end times via EPG-Now/Next or VPS, some only the specified times, regardless of when the show actually starts. There is a function built into SmartEPGvu+ that allows, for each channel, timer programming to use the VPS and EPG options.
From here a sample file can be downloaded. It must be edited manually and then copied to /rootfs/usr/lib/enigma2/python/Plugins/Extensions/SmartEPGvu/settings. Depending on which channel you trust, you set the VPS or EPG flag to 1 or 0.
VPS and EPG deactivate each other because using both together makes no sense.
The VPS function can only be used if the VPS plugin is installed to be found under Menu ⇒ Extensions ⇒ System Extensions.
The desired VPS option (VPS No, Yes, Safe Mode) can be scrolled through by pressing the Play key several times.
If the VPS plugin is installed and active (VPS yes, or safe mode) then the corresponding VPS symbol is displayed in the editor for the manual timers and in the Search (VPS symbol: blue or green - see explanations of the colours below).
The following screenshot shows the recommended settings that should be used for the VPS plugin to work seamlessly with SmartEPGvu+ , alternatively, the last two options can be set from Yes to Yes(Safe Mode):
(Menu ⇒ Settings ⇒ System ⇒ VPS Settings):
* If a VPS.xml is now available and, for example, a program is programmed manually and there is no VPS authorization for the corresponding station in the xml, the timer is created without a VPS symbol and the VPS signal is not considered.
* If the channel has VPS authorization, the timer is created with the corresponding VPS symbol (VPS Yes, or Safe Mode) and the VPS signal is considered .
Programming via Search
* In the case of a Search, and an active VPS plugin, the corresponding VPS symbol (VPS Yes, or Safe Mode) is active for every search.
If a timer is now created from the Search and there is no VPS authorization for the channel of this search in the xml, the timer is created without a VPS symbol and the VPS signal is is not considered .
* If the channel of the Search has VPS authorization, the timer is created with the corresponding VPS symbol (VPS Yes, or Safe Mode) and the VPS signal is considered .
A Search *Wetter* is generated for the channels RTL (without VPS authorization from the xml) and ARD (with VPS authorization from the xml), then the timer for the program *Wetter* on RTL is created without VPS symbol and the VPS signal is not considered .
The timer for the program *Wetter* on ARD, on the other hand, is created with the corresponding VPS symbol and the VPS signal is considered .
RTL timer is created without a VPS symbol and the VPS signal is not considered .
ARD timer is created with the VPS symbol and the VPS signal is considered .
Without VPS icon = no VPS active
In this mode, the recording is started and ended without considering the VPS signal of the transmitter.
The set pre- and post-run takes effect as specified.
Blue VPS icon = VPS active
In this mode, the recording is started and stopped using the VPS signal.
The set pre- and post-padding is not taken into account.
Green VPS icon = VPS active in safe mode
In this mode, the recording is performed according to the time of the timer (including pre-and post-padding, and the VPS signal is considered . If, according to VPS, the show starts or ends later than originally scheduled, the recording times will be adjusted accordingly. The recording can therefore be longer but not shorter than specified by the timer.
The „EPG adjustment on“ setting causes a recording to be shifted accordingly if the start time changes in the EPG.
The pre-set lead and lag times are also taken into account.
If this function is used in SmartEPGvu+, it will work regardless of it being activated or not in the VTi:
/ Menu / VTi / Settings - Timers / TimersCreate (2/5) / Automatically adapt recording times to EPG data is activated or not.
The behavior of SmartEPGvu+ and VTi with this function is identical.
Please note that this function leads to faulty recordings for some users and should not be used without doing some testing.
Therefore the current recommendation to avoid problems is:
In SmartEPGvu+ not to enable this function and to ⇒ SWITCH it OFF
under / Menu / VTi / Settings - Timer / Create timer (2/5) / Adjust recording times automatically for changes in the EPG data
CrossEPG is a system extension and can be installed via the plugin browser.
CrossEPG makes it possible to collect and process external EPG data from channels that usually only offer „Now & Next“ EPG information.
For example, if you operate a second dish on 28.2 East and want to get the EPG for these programs, you can use the CrossEPG plugin. The UK channels for example only broadcast Now/Next via the normal EPG.
The plugin switches to transponder 11428 H, which sends the EPG information for all programs on this satellite for 2 weeks in a data stream.
There is an option to start CrossEPG after the scan, which can be activated in the settings menu of SmartEPGvu+.
The plugin is then started by SmartEPGvu+ and the EPG data of the corresponding stations are then available.