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Live TV and PVR Setup Guide:
  1. Introduction
  2. Setting up the recording software
  3. Configuring live TV settings in XBMC
  4. The basics of Live TV and recording
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Contents

This map will give you a basic idea of what to look for if you are unsure what format/standard your TV signal is in.


1 I want to run my PVR backend server on...

You can run the PVR backend server on one of your existing XBMC installs, or on its own.


Using the tables below, click on the backend software which best fits your needs.

1.1 Linux

Name DVB ATSC / QAM ISDB DTMB CableCard (US) IPTV Live time
shifting
Tvheadend Yes Yes ? ? No Yes Yes
VDR Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes[1]
MythTV Yes Yes No No Yes[2] Yes Yes
DVBLink Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes

1.2 Mac OS X

Name DVB ATSC / QAM ISDB DTMB CableCard (US) IPTV Live time
shifting
MythTV Yes Yes No No Yes[2] Yes Yes


1.3 Windows

Name DVB ATSC / QAM ISDB DTMB CableCard (US) IPTV Live time
shifting
ARGUS TV Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes
DVBLink Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
DVBViewer Yes Yes ? ? No Yes Yes
NextPVR Yes Yes ? Yes Yes[2] Yes Yes
MediaPortal Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes
ServerWMC Yes Yes ? ? Yes ? Yes

1.4 Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is technically just an embedded linux platform, but it's low price and features make it perfect for a PVR backend. In addition to this, since a lot of people will hopefully be using R-Pi's as backends, it will make it easier to streamline setup guides and provide help due to most of the hardware being the same for everyone.

Like every backend, the server needs to receive the live signal from a receiver. A typical DVB USB stick will do, but be aware that such a stick takes its power supply via the USB interface. It might be required to put a USB hub with independent power supply between the R-Pi and the DVB stick. Make sure that the DVB stick works with the linux OS on the R-Pi. Information can be found at http://linuxtv.org, including firmware downloads for many sticks. Alternatively, you may want to check the directory /lib/firmware on the R-Pi to list the firmware already installed.

/var/log/dmesg and .xbmc/temp/xbmc.log are files to check if the TV signal is not available.

Name DVB ATSC / QAM ISDB DTMB CableCard (US) IPTV Live time
shifting
Tvheadend Yes Yes ? ? No Yes Yes
VDR Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes[1]
DVBLink Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes

1.5 Other

Name DVB ATSC / QAM ISDB DTMB CableCard (US) IPTV Live time
shifting
VuPlus Client for Enigma2 based set-top boxes (Vu+ and Dreambox) Yes ? ? ? No ? ?
DVBLink for Synology, QNAP, NETGEAR, Western Digital and ASUSTOR NAS products Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
IPTV Simple Client No No No No No Yes No
Tvheadend Yes Yes ? ? No Yes Yes
Njoy N7 Yes ? ? ? No Yes ?

2 Notes

TVHeadend under Linux does not support the HD Homerun Prime's Cable Card channels.

  1. 1.0 1.1 VNSI supports full time shift. XVDR "XVDR Plugin for VDR" does.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Via Silicondust HDHomeRun Prime, the Hauppauge WinTV DCR-2650, or the Ceton InfiniTV 4.


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