Configuring live TV settings

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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
Home icon grey.png   TriangleArrow-Right.svg PVR TriangleArrow-Right.svg Configuring live TV settings in XBMC

The following screenshots illustrate the Live TV Settings page.

Contents

1 Quick start guide

For basic features on most PVR add-ons/backend, you only need to go to Settings -> Live TV -> General and "Enable Live TV". If you've set up a PVR backend and related add-on correctly in the previous steps, then you should be able to go to the next step, The basics of Live TV and recording.


Next step: The basics of Live TV and recording

2 All settings

Here you will find a full explanation of XBMC's Live TV/PVR settings.

2.1 General

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Enabled
Enable the Personal Video Recorder (PVR) features in XBMC. This requires that at least one PVR add-on is installed.

Synchronize channel groups with backends
Imports channel groups from the backend (if supported by the add-on and backend). Will delete user created groups if they're not found on the backends.
Always use the channel order from the backend(s)
Sorts the channels by channel number on the server, but uses XBMC's own numbering for channels.
Use backend channels numbers (only works with 1 enabled PVR add-on)
Use numbering from the backend, instead of configuring them manually over XBMC.

Channel manager
Opens the channel manager, which allows modifying the channel order, channel name, icon, etc.
Search for channels
Instruct the backend to search for channels (if supported by the add-on and backend)
Reset the PVR database
Delete channel/epg database and reimport the data from backend afterwards

Do not show 'connection lost' warnings
Hide the warning if XBMC lost the connection to the backend (for example: if the backend service died)


2.2 Menu/OSD

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Show channel information when switching channels
shows information about the current programm on this channel
Automatically hide channel information
Automatically hide the channel information that is displayed when switching to another channel in full screen mode
Close channel OSD after switching channels
Automatically close the channel OSD after selecting a channel in that OSD.
Channel information duration
Time that the information dialog is displayed when switching channels. Defaults to 5 seconds.

Default folder for PVR thumbnails
Location where the tv logos ( http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=86047 ) are stored
Scan for missing icons
Look for missing icons and link icons to channels so they appear in the "Live TV" channel section


2.3 EPG

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Default EPG window
Default EPG window to show. Defaults to Timeline.
Days to display in the EPG
Number of days of EPG data to import from backends. Defaults to 2 days.

EPG update interval
Time between EPG data imports from backends. Defaults to 120 minutes.
Prevent EPG updates while playing a TV stream
Do not import EPG data while playing TV, to minimise CPU usage.
Do not store the EPG in the database
EPG data is stored in a local database by default, to speed up EPG importing when XBMC is restarted. Enabling this option will prevent that.
Do not show 'no information available' labels
Hides "no information available" labels when no EPG data could be retrieved for a channel.
Reset the EPG database
Delete the EPG database in xbmc and reimport the data afterwards from the backend


2.4 Playback

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Start playback minimized
Display stream of selected channel in a small box instead of fullscreen (Defaults: yes)
Continue last channel on startup
Shows the last seen channel if switching to live tv (Defaults: no)
Switch channel without pressing OK
When this option is enabled, pressing a number button in full screen mode will automatically switch to the channel number that was entered after 1 second. When disabled, you need to confirm the switch by pressing ok.
Show signal quality
True to display signal quality information in the codec information window (if supported by the add-on and backend)

Timeout when starting playback
Return to the previous window and stop playback if the channel stream doesn't start within this timeout. Defaults to 15 seconds.
Deplay channel switch
When pressing channel up or down, the actual channel switch is delayed. Defaults to 0 milliseconds.


2.5 Recording

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Instant recording duration
Duration of the recording when pressing the record button, or when creating a new manual timer. Defaults to 180 minutes.
Default recording priority
Priority of the recording, between 0 and 100. Higher number means higher priority. Defaults to 50. Not supported by all add-ons and backends.
Default recording lifetime
Delete recording after this time. Defaults to 99 days. Not supported by all add-ons and backends.
Margin at starting of a recording
Start recordings before the actual time. Defaults to 2 minutes. Not supported by all add-ons and backends.
Margin at end of a recording
End recordings after the actual time. Defaults to 10 minutes. Not supported by all add-ons and backends.

Display a notification on timer updates
Displays a notification when timers are added, finished or removed by the backend.


2.6 Power Saving

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Enabled
Enabling this option will execute the "wakeup command" below when XBMC exits or is going into hibernation mode. The timestamp of the next scheduled recording is passed as parameter.

Backend idle time
The command will not be executed when a recording will be started within this timeout. Defaults to 15 minutes.
Set wakeup command (cmd[timestamp])
The command to execute. Defaults to '/usr/bin/setwakeup.sh'.
Wakeup before recording
Time to substract from the start time of the next scheduled recording. Defaults to 15 minutes.

Daily wakeup
Execute the wake up command every day at the given time
Daily wakeup time (HH:MM:SS)
When to execute the daily wake up command


2.7 Parental Control

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Enabled
Will ask for a pin code to access parental locked channels. Channels can be marked as locked in the channels editor on the general tab. Parental locked channels can not be played or recorded without entering a pin code, and the EPG information is hidden for those channels.

Change PIN
Enter a new pin code to unlock parental locked channels.
Unlock duration
Ask for the pin code again when trying to access a parental locked channel and the code hasn't been asked for this duration. Defaults to 300 seconds.


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