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    Posted: 02/January/2017 at 23:12
Wetek Play - Satellite TV Receiver and IPTV Player
This is not an advert for WETEK or KODI™. This is a review of an alternative way of watching satellite TV and combining it with IPTV for an affordable yet great experience.
We have been trying out a WETEK Play for about a year now and been initially impressed, later frustrated and finally very satisfied with the unit. A roller coaster ride you might say.
Our frustration was actually not with the box which has proven to be rock solid and reliable compared to many other IPTV set top boxes that can be found for around half the price. No, it was with the evolution of the core system for operation which we wanted to use.
KODI™ is a free open source and community built media player (formerly XBMC) that delivers not just playback of your music and video files and display of photos but also creates an excellent system of operation for cable or satellite TV as well as IPTV.
With a box running KODI™ you can make any TV (with a HDMI) into a smart TV.
Normally these boxes are Android devices but we found they are not really that great with Android as the operating system and I personally prefer the solid Linux based OpenElec™ or LibreElec™ platforms. These are built for KODI™ and boot straight into it with no other software to run. This is more like the kind of set top box you expect. The best TV receivers have 'invisible' operating systems and software that you don't really ever need to know about. You just use them.
So to the WETEK Play, a media player box that is supported by LibreElec™ and can house two cable or two satellite receiver cards (swappable) that enable either twin satellite antennas or dual LNBs to be connected. Connect a network cable to the internet and the TV to the HDMI port and you are ready to go.
The menu system is skinable which means you can totally change the look and feel of the system by loading new skins. The basic stock menu or skin was called Confluence and I for one think it was stable but lacking in looks. We tried many different skins and in the end the best skin we have come across is the new Estuary stock skin that comes with Kodi V17.x which is also LibreElec V8.x
You can try out KODI™ for yourself without buying any hardware or software. Links are at the bottom of this page. Install it on your laptop or tablet and play with it. You wont have satellite TV obviously because you need a receiver for that but read on.
We have tried the development builds of KODI™ as we couldn't wait for the final releases and they are stable and look great. The photos on this page are from the Estuary skin. Its built by the KODI™ developers so it works unlike so many of the other skins we tried.
There is an initial setup for the WETEK Play that involves using a laptop or tablet to connect via the network to a built-in web server for the satellite receivers. The same applies to cable use. Then the 'tvheadend' system can be set up to match your satellite and LNB and it will create the EPG and channel lists. There are tutorials on the web to help with this and it only has to be done once (normally). With two receivers you can have two antennas on different satellites or indeed one antenna with dual LNBs on different satellites.
So once that's done, you can view your satellite TV on your TV and it can stream it around your network. On a laptop or tablet, install KODI™ and you can connect a tvheadend client to the WETEK Play over IP and watch your satellite TV in other rooms. It works very well and with two receivers you can watch different channels on the main TV and on your laptop or tablet. YouTube has many tutorials if you need help with the set up.
Remember, KODI is free so you get all this functionality for free. Its just the cost of the hardware and the WETEK cost around 110 Euro at the time we purchased one in early 2016.
We even built our own plugin to allow Satcoms TV to be watched on the TV. Plugins are like applications you can run in KODI™ to get more content from the internet.
WETEK have since built a range of devices and the new WETEK Play 2 looks interesting as an upgraded version of the Play. Maybe one day we will try one out.
Here is an example of a home cinema and TV distribution network :
Using WiFi and wired networks, all tablets, phones and Wetek devices can access and stream TV and stored (NAS) movies and other media by using KODI. All tablets and phones are of course running Android so its all very simple to do.
The Wetek Play devices are running LibreElec and the Wetek Hub is running Android. Access to the cable IPTV box through its own Android app is possible as well.
So with this set up, almost everything can be accessed easily from anywhere in the house on any device.
More Information:
KODI Website: https://kodi.tv/
WETEK Website: http://wetek.com/
The future looks bright for satellite TV and IPTV as they are now becoming a fusion of TV content provision. If only I had the time to watch TV...

Edited by Satcoms UK - 04/August/2017 at 13:08
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