- The Angry Technician’s Guide to streaming Freeview via VLC, you Idiots
- How to stream EVERY channel from Freeview onto your network
- How to stream Freeview HD (DVB-T2) over multicast using dvblast, you Idiots
If you haven’t, you are slacking a bit, as they’ve been up for a while and are the top 3 posts ever on here by pageviews. According to the WordPress.com stats, #2 has been viewed more than 33,000 times, which is frankly a ridiculous number.
Anyway, after all that reading, you might be thinking yo yourself “well, multicast streaming is all nice and fancy, but what I want is some good old-fashioned unicast”. It’s a question that has come up a few times, especially as dvblast will only output multicast streams, so if you want multiple channels per tuner, you are stuck with multicast. There are a few reasons this might not suit your needs, however:
- Not all of your network supports multicast (especially true if you have cheap and nasty edge switches).
- You want to view the streams on clients that don’t have multicast software available (e.g. smartphones).
- You want to access the streams from a different network (e.g. streaming from one location to another over the Internet or a WAN/VPN).
Well, you are in luck. There is another bit of totally free open-source software that will make that conversion for you.