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The main features of VDR are
  • Operation entirely via On Screen Display (OSD) and remote control (LIRC) or keyboard
  • Support for DVB-S, DVB-C and DVB-T
  • Support for multiple DVB cards (up to eight, at least one "full featured" card with MPEG decoder, or a third party plugin for audio/video output, required)
  • Support for "conditional access" (CICAM)
  • Channel groups
  • EPG display by channel or by time ("What's on now/next")
  • Timer programming via EPG or manually, priority/lifetime model, single-shot or repeating timers which use EPG subtitle info as additional recording's title
  • Support for multiple audio tracks and Dolby Digital
  • Instant recording
  • Playback modes normal, pause, fast forward/backward (multi speed), jump to specific location, jump 60 seconds
  • Support for editing recordings (with I-frame accuracy: ~1/2 second)
  • Multiple OSD language support
  • Support for executing system commands and displaying output on screen
  • Network support (SVDRP): Manage channels, timers and recordings via telnet
  • Automatic shutdown/wakeup (with certain mainboards)
  • Support for automatically executing commands upon recording start/end and editing recordings
  • Instant Time Shift
  • Plugin interface
  • Macros can be assigned to remote control keys
  • Multiple recordings on the same device (from the same transponder)
  • Simultaneous recording and replay on the primary device (if this is a full featured device)

New in version 1.4

  • Timers support VPS ("Video Programming System")
  • The OSD appearance can be implemented via "skins" and "themes"
  • Plugins can provide "services" for other plugins
  • Plugins can implement their own SVDRP commands
  • Automatic update of channel data
  • Support for "multi channel audio" (for example different languages on left and right channel)

New in version 1.6

  • DVB subtitles
  • UTF-8 support
  • The OSD now uses Freetype fonts and anti-aliasing
  • Internationalization is now done with 'gettext'

New in version 2.0

  • Full support for HDTV
  • Support for DVB-S2 and DVB-T2
  • Support for ATSC
  • Support for DVB cards with multiple delivery systems per frontend
  • SCR ("Satellite Channel Routing", aka "Unicable") according to EN50494
  • "Device Bonding" (several DVB-S devices can be connected to the same sat cable)
  • True Color OSD
  • Recordings are stored in TS ("Transport Stream") format
  • Support for languages that are written right-to-left

New in version 2.2

  • Support for steerable satellite dishes
  • Satellite Channel Routing (SCR) according to EN50607 ("JESS")
  • Added support for PGS subtitles
  • The "Select folder" menu now contains the folder names of all existing recordings
  • Detection of obsolete channels
  • Support for Logical Channel Numbers (LCN)
  • Dropped the code for distributing recordings over several video directories
  • Recordings and folders can now be renamed and moved
  • A recording's priority and lifetime can now be edited
  • Cutting jobs are now queued
  • An incomplete index of a recording can now be updated
  • A recording's name can now easily be replaced with the last element of its folder path name
  • It is now possible to turn off pausing replay when jumping to an editing mark with the '9' key
  • The edited parts of a recording can now be automatically skipped during replay, without the need to actually cut the recording
  • Replay can now automatically go into Pause mode when it has reached the last "end" mark
  • The keys '1' and '3' can now be used in replay mode to position an editing mark in "adaptive" mode
  • The skip distance of the Green/Yellow keys can now be configured
  • The Prev/Next keys can now be configured to do adaptive skipping instead of the default behavior of jump between editing marks during replay
  • The number of steps and linearization of the audio volume control can now be configured
  • VDR now reads command line options from *.conf files in /etc/vdr/conf.d