How to enable VLC web plugin in Google Chrome 42

NPAPI support by Chrome - Required to watch both live and recorded TV
VBox relies on VLC web plugin which is using the cross platform plugin architecture NPAPI, which has long been, and currently is, supported by all major web browsers. Google announced in September 2013 plans to remove NPAPI support from Chrome by "the end of 2014", thus effectively dropping support for Silverlight, Java, Facebook Video, VLC and other similar NPAPI based plugins. From veriosn 43 onward Google have completly stopped NPAPI support. We strongly recommend VBox users consider alternatives to Chrome and recommend Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari as longer-term options.

Chrome users with version 42, Google has added an additional step to configuring NPAPI based plugins like VLC to run — see the section How to setup Google Chrome below.

How to setup Google Chrome

Google Chrome version 43, brings additional changes that affects the EPG screen, although we are working to resolve this issue, we recommand using alternative web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera. 

Google Chrome version 42, released on April 14th 2015. Brings a major change in regards to how plugins are handled by the browser.

Google made the decision to phase out of the Netscape API called NPAPI in the Chrome browser and Chromium in favor of it's own Google API called PPAPI. VLC, Java, Silverlight and other popular technologies use this API to integrate into browsers such as Chrome or Firefox.

For now Google allow users to re-enable NPAPI manually but they plan to remove the NPAPI support completly by Septemper 2015.

How to override the blocking of plugins in Chrome:

  1. Type chrome://flags/#enable-npapi in the browser's address bar and hit enter.
  2. Enable it with a click on the link
    Google Chrome Enable NPAPI
  3. Restart the browser.

All NPAPI plugins installed in Chrome become available again.

In prepeations to this change VLC is looking for developers to support the PPAPI interfaces https://wiki.videolan.org/OPW_Summer_2014/#Port_VLC.27s_NPAPI_web_plugin_to_PPAPI

Can I use CI+ / CI Plus CAM module?

VBox TV Gateway Pay TV CI models support CI conditional access modules (CAM).
Unfortunately, some broadcasters implement CI+ (CI Plus) modules as part of their effort to restrict their content to a single TV or Set-Top-Box.
The “+” (Plus) in the CI+ is an added layer of security that blocks streaming capabilities and therefore cannot be supported by the VBox TV Gateway.

How to work with the m3u channel playlist

The m3u channel playlist file is automatically generated by the V@Home TV Gateway, based on your selected channel list and channel order

The playlist is located at the following address  http://XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX:55555/httpChannels.m3u8  {Please replace the XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX with your V@Home's IP address}

To use the m3u playlist on VLC media player simply go to Media à Open Network Stream (CTRL+N) and enter the above address
VLC will play the first channel on your list and you can zap between your channels by pressing the forward and backward buttons
To see your full channel list go to View àPlaylist (CTRL+L)

What makes V@Home TV Gateway unique?

V@Home doesn't plug directly into your TV set. Instead, it is a video server, streaming TV to your internet connected devices.

V@Home XTi 3340 connects to Satellite, Cable or Terrestrial Antenna and converges all the sources into a single TV Stream letting you watch all the channels in one comfortable place.

V@Home CI models converge both Free-To-Air and Pay TV channels into a single TV stream allowing you to watch and record all channels Free-To-Air and Pay TV on mobile and connected devices

One V@Home TV Gateway can replace all your Set-Top-Box and expensive TV subscription, with up to 4 channels all your family and friends can watch and record their favorite TV show without any interference.

Record TV shows on your removable storage or even NAS to enjoy the freedom to record as may programs you want.

What do I need to use V@Home?

  • Depending on your product: a Satellite DVB-S and or DVB-S2, Cable DVB-C or Terrestrial DVB-T
  • A USB 2.0 hard drive, high-performance USB Flash Drive or NAS
  • A home network with WiFi 802.11n and above
  • A PC, Mac, Tablet or Smartphone preloaded with VBox Free app to configure the V@Home for the first time
  • CAM CI module and encryption card for Pay TV channels

What is the picture and sound quality?

That depends on your TV service. Depending on the Over-The-Air channel you are watching, the V@home streams the actual broadcast.

V@Home streams Full HD 1080p including 3D and surround sound – For amazing TV experience.

How many tuners does V@home have?

XTi3332 has 2 tuners for minimum of two Satellite Free-To-Air simultaneous channels

XTi3442 has 2 tuners for minimum of two Terrestrial Free-To-Air simultaneous channels

XTi3452 has 2 tuners for minimum of two Cable Free-To-Air simultaneous channels

XTi3340 has 4 tuners for minimum of two Satellite and two Terrestrial Free-To-Air simultaneous channels

XTi3350 has 4 tuners for minimum of two Satellite and two Cable Free-To-Air simultaneous channels

XTi3340CI has 2 tuners for minimum of  two Satellite and two Terrestrial Free-To-Air simultaneous channels or two Free-To-Air and 2 PayTV Terrestrial channels

XTi3350CI has 2 tuners for minimum of two Satellite and two Cable Free-To-Air simultaneous channels or two Free-To-Air and 2 PayTV Cable channels

* You can watch and record more channels if they are coming from the same frequency up to a total of 4 HD channels or 8 SD channels

What devices can I watch V@Home Live TV on?

The V@home TV Gateway works with many devices you already own, it connects using the standard plug and play protocol UPnP to devices.

  • Mobile devices using the free VBox iOS and Android app
  • PC and Mac using Chrome extention
  • PC and Mac using a UPnP application such as VLC, XMBC and many others
  • Media Streamer
  • IP Set-Top-Box
  • Gaming consoles such as XBOX or PlayStation
  • Smart TV with UPnP

How many people can watch V@Home at once?

V@Home does not limit the number of simultaneous people watching. The number of simultaneous people that can watch live or recorded program is determine by the capacity of your home network and the performance of your storage device, the faster they are the more people can watch.

You can share a live TV channel with other people however the number of different channels that you can watch simultaneously is set by the number of tuners your V@Home has.

Are there any monthly subscription fees?

No, VBox does not charge any monthly subscription fee.

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