Setting up and using Cast4ME

When you first run the application you'll be shown the Devices screen. This lists the TV tuners and other video devices found in your machine. Those devices colored gray are yet be set up for use in Cast4ME. Devices shown white have channels setup and are ready to use.

Devices

The first step is to hit the Setup'' button on the device you'd like to setup channels for. You'll be shown a slightly different screen for each type of video source. Below a screenshots of the types of screen you'll see for DVB-S and DVB-T, with DVB-S. With DVB-S you're asked to select a satellite and enter the LNB settings etc. With a DVB-T device, you're asked to select the country and region. Enter the appropriate setting then hit the 'Scan' button and it'll search for channels.

DVB-T Scan DVB-S scan

After scanning, and hitting 'OK' to save your channels, you're nearly ready to go.

Configuring streaming options

You can view your list of channels for streaming on the Channels screen. After setting up your device, all new channels are auto configured to allow HTTP and DLNA access, and these will already be functional at this stage. The Channels screen will show the green 'Available' next to any channel you can watch.

Channels

To enable streaming options other than HTTP, double click a channel, and you'll be shown the Channel Streaming Setup screen shown below. From this screen you can enable UDP multicasting, RTP multicasting, or deliver if UDP/RTP to a fixed ip address.

channel streaming setup

With only HTTP and/or DLNA streaming enabled, Cast4ME does not need to tie up tuner resource until it receives a requests for a specific channel stream.

UDP and RTP instead transmit all the time, without knowledge of whether a client is watching that channel, in effect broadcasting continuously, requiring Cast4ME to allocating a tuner. If you don't have additional tuners available, then channels that are on other frequencies will be shown as 'unavailable' in red.

Cast4ME does have advanced multiple-streams-per-digital-device capabilties though, as shown in the screenshot below, where it can be multicasting serveral channels over UDP, and also ready to handle requests for a number of channerls over HTTP, all while using only a single digital TV tuner.

unavailable channels show in red

Making full use of this capability, in countries like UK, Australia, New Zealand and many European countries, you can setup a full IPTV system, rebroadcasting all your channels with only a small number of TV tuners.

Viewing channel streams

Cast4ME produces industry standard video transport streams, viewable by a wide range of clients.

One of the easiest clients to use is VLC, which is available on multiple platforms. Users of Windows, Mac, Linux can download it from http://www.videolan.org. iPhone/iPad users can download it from the Apple store. Android users can download it from the Google Play store.

Viewing via DLNA

In VLC, select the 'Playlist' from the 'View' menu.

VLC View Menu

This will show you the VLC 'Playlist' screen. Select the 'Universal Plug N Play' menu option on the left of the screen, and you should see your Cast4ME server listed.

VLC Playlist

Double click the server and you'll see the list of available channels. Simply double click one of the channels to watch it.

Playlist Channels

 

Watchingh Channel

Viewing via HTTP

In VLC, select the 'Open Network Stream' from the menu.

VLC

From here you have the option to request the stream via HTTP using a url like the one shown below, ie http://192.168.1.108:8867/live?channel=2, where "2" is the channel number. If you've configured Cast4ME to also multicast UDP, you can play the stream using a url like: udp://@239.0.0.222:1003

Open Network Stream