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TV-Lite is a IPTV viewer, with Sopcast and Acestream handling capabilities. It uses the well known VLC for displaying media. We also plan to add MPV as media player in the future. This program currently runs on Linux and Windows operating systems,

TV-Lite wants to be a replacement for the older TV-Maxe. It does not have all the features that TV-Maxe offers. It uses the same principle of "subscriptions" and  uses the same playlist format TV-Maxe uses.  Apart from that, it can handle the ubiquitous M3U format used for many IPTV playlists. It aims to streamline a bit the behavior of TV-Maxe in respect to subscriptions. The subscriptions can be downloaded and saved as local playlists, that can be edited and new channels can be added, or the existent channels can be edited.

The subscriptions can only be updated, of course,  but copies of them can be always saved locally, and modified as stated above.

You have to install Acestream and, optionally Sopcast, for this program to be able to handle the respective stream types. Acestream offers a snap pakage, which is easy to find for Ubuntu and other Linux distros with Snap support. Sopcast is currently harder to install, as it seems that is no longer maintained for Linux. It is offered as a 32 bit binary only, and requires libstdc++5 to run.

Arch and Samba tribulations

09/28/21 00:33:32

I wrote this article after a whole evening of unsuccessful attempts to properly configure Samba on my Arch laptop. No matter what I did, i could not make my shares visible on the network. Also, none of the other shared folders from the networks were visible in Dolphin or any other file manager. In the end I found out the cause. It was the lack of the Avahi daemon from the computer.

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TV-Lite has its own forum now

09/10/21 10:48:40

Please, go there and register. This forum needs content, badly. We are waitng for you. The boards are mainly in English, but special boards are planned for additional languages.

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Un pic de comparație

09/10/21 10:42:40

Când am început lucrul la TV-lite, scopul meu era doar să fac un program care să suplinească golul lasat în urmă de TV-Maxe. TV-Maxe a fost unul din primele programe de IPTV pe care le știu, înainte ca IPTV-ul să prindă avânt. Programul este scris de Ovidiu Nițan  Prima versiune a apărut în 2010 și a fost activ dezvoltat până prin 2015. Scopul apariției sale a fost să suplinească lipsa unui player de Sopcast pe Linux. Programul folosea Python 2.7 și GTK+ 2.0. O altă dependență necesară pe Linux e GStreamer 0.10.
În 2020, multe distribuții de Linux, în frunte cu Ubuntu, au renunțat să suporte programele scrise în Python 2. Dacă Python 2, ca atare, nu a dispărut complet din repositorii, multe module necesare au dispărut. De asemenea a fost abandonat și GStreamer 0.10. Dacă până în 2020 s-au găsit metode de a instala TV-Maxe cam pe fiecare distribuție de Linux, din primăvara lui 2020 toate speranțele s-au năruit.
A fost momentul apariției lui TV-Lite.

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