The TV / PVR-server application TVMosaic (formerly DVBLink) was released as cross-platform open source software, following the closure of the DVBLink activity Last year.
DVBLogic has not released the full source code due to license requirements, and instead released the code for the TVMosaic Community Edition (CE) server on Gitlab under MIT license. Some of the missing features include:
- The license engine since the server is now open-source
- DLNA server
- TVAdvisor Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
- Support for USB DVBLogic TVButler tuner except for Windows
TVMosaic is a multiplatform solution and is expected to run on Windows 7 or higher, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit or higher, Debian 9.1 64-bit or higher, MacOS, 10.12 or higher, Raspberry Pi (except Model 1) and various NAS from Synology, QNAP, ASUSTOR and NETGEAR.
So in theory that means you can install TVMosaic server and restore most of the functionality of the commercial solution. However, if you’re using the company’s USB tuner, Windows will be your only option. Besides the Kodi PVR client, other clients include the TVMosaic Android app and TVMosaic iOS and AppleTV applications which we are told will soon also be open-source.
Apart from existing users, I’m not sure that many people will be using the TVMosaic CE server, even though it is now open-source, as several Kodi members have already mentioned that they have switched to NextPVR or TvHeadEnd after the company closed, although other members lamented the lack of support for Acamd and NewCS Smartcard emulators in competing solutions. So, only time will tell if the TVMosaic server can become a now open source project. If so, features like DLNA could probably be restored through the miniDLNA project, while supporting EPG could take a bit more work.
Thanks to Andreas for the advice.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 on a part-time basis, before stepping down as head of software engineering and starting writing daily news and reviews full-time later in 2011.