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Live TV and PVR Setup Guide:
  1. Introduction
  2. Setting up the recording software
  3. Configuring live TV settings in Kodi
  4. The basics of Live TV and recording
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Note: This article is only about MediaPortal's TV-Server (PVR backend) and not about using MediaPortal itself as a media player client for Kodi.

MediaPortal's TV-Server is the component of MediaPortal that manages the user's TV cards and streams the TV signal over the network. You can learn more about how the components of MediaPortal (TV-Server - MediaPortal Client) work together in MediaPortal's own wiki.

Once you installed the MediaPortal software package you will notice that MediaPortal's TV-Server has its own separate Configuration Tool which you can access via a desktop shortcut or on the Windows Start Menu. Once you have configured TV-Server, you may also configure the TV settings for each client in the MediaPortal Configuration Tool > TV.

Please note that MediaPortal also has it's own separate Configuration Tool for all configuration settings other than TV-Server, such as using MediaPortal as a media player client, which is unrelated to Kodi.

Contents


1 MediaPortal TV-Server Quick Start Guide

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  1. Download MediaPortal 1.2 from http://www.team-mediaportal.com/mediaportal-download
  2. Install the MediaPortal TV-Server (installation of MediaPortal itself is not needed, but can be useful for debugging purposes)
  3. Configure your TV-Server following the MediaPortal TV-Server Quick setup guide. Detailed TV-Server configuration documentation can be found here.
  4. Download the TVServerXBMC plugin from the TVServerXBMC website (margro)
    • Extract the TVServerXBMC.rar file and copy the TVServerXBMC.dll to the plugins directory of your MediaPortal TV-Server installation (typically: C:\Program Files\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal TV Server\Plugins or C:\Program Files (x86)\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal TV Server\Plugins).
    • Open the "TV-Server Configuration" and enable the TVServerXBMC plugin under "Plugins".
    • Configure the TVServerXBMC plugin. Add network shares for your Timeshift and Recordings folder if you want to use Kodi PVR on a different PC than your MediaPortal TV-Server PC.
    • Restart the TV-Server: Press under "Manual Control" the "Stop Service" button, wait a few seconds and press then the "Start Service" button (same button).


2 Connecting Kodi to MediaPortal

  1. Go to Settings -> Add-ons -> Enabled add-ons -> PVR Clients and select the MediaPortal add-on
  2. Select "Configure"


2.1 Connection

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Mediaportal Hostname
The hostname or IP address of the server where the MediaPortal TV-Server is installed. Use 'localhost' or '127.0.0.1' when the TV-Server software is installed on the same machine.
Default value: 127.0.0.1
Mediaportal Kodi plugin Port
The default port for the TVServerXBMC plugin. Only change this setting if you have changed the TCP port on the TVServerXBMC plugin settings.
Default value: 9596
Connection timeout(s)
Timeout on XBMC<->TVServerXBMC communication. After the selected timeout, has elapsed, the addon won't wait any longer for an answer from TVServerXBMC and abort the selected action. Bottleneck is the timeshift start for TV channels. This can take a long time due to card initialization, so don't make this value too small.
Default value: 10 (s)
Windows user account (SMB)
User name for accessing the Recording and Timeshift shares when running Kodi on a non-Windows system like: Linux/OSX
Default value: <empty>
Windows password (SMB)
Password for accessing the Recording and Timeshift shares when running Kodi on a non-Windows system like: Linux/OSX
Default value: <empty>


2.2 MediaPortal

Free-to-air only
Fetch/show only Free-to-air channels from the MediaPortal TV-Server backend
Default value: true
Include Radio
Fetch also radio channels
Default value: true
Import only TV Channels from group
Allows you to fetch only the TV channels in a specific MediaPortal TVServer group. E.g. you can create a "XBMC" group at the TVServer side that contains only the TV channels that you want to appear at the Kodi side. Leave this field empty when you want to import all channel groups.
Default value: <empty>
Import only Radio Channels from group
Allows you to fetch only the radio channels in a specific MediaPortal TVServer group. E.g. you can create a "XBMC" group at the TVServer side that contains only the radio channels that you want to appear at the Kodi side. Leave this field empty when you want to import all channel groups.
Default value: <empty>
EPG: Read genre strings (slow)
Translate the EPG genre strings from MediaPortal into Kodi compatible genre id's to get a colored EPG timeline view.

Depending on your EPG source, MediaPortal may return strings in your local language. In this case, you can skip the genre translation using this option. The addon translates only English genre strings to Kodi genre id's. You can extend the translation table by extending the following PVR addon file: pvr.mediaportal.tvserver\resources\genre_translation.xml

Default value: false (= don't read and translate the genre strings)
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2.3 Playback

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Streaming method
There are two ways to read the Live TV and recording streams from the TV-Server backend: 1) direct file access and 2) using an RTSP stream. The "TSReader" option reads directly from the timeshift buffer or recording file (fastest) using a stripped version of MediaPortal's own TSReader filter. The "ffmpeg" option uses an RTSP stream for playback (slow channel switching, but it can pass firewalls with proper settings).
Default value: TSReader
Use RTSP streaming
The TSReader should use the Live555 library to read an RTSP stream instead of accessing the timeshift buffer file/recording file directly.
This requires the PVR addon to be recompiled and linked against Live555. This is not enabled for Frodo!!
Depends on: Streaming method=TSReader
Default value: false
Fast channel switching (don't stop timeshift)
Don't stop an existing timeshift session when switching to a new channel. This makes channel switching faster but might also break channel switching.
Warning: Enabling this option will probably break SD<->HD channel swithing and switching to channels with different audio/video streams and codecs. Detection of the new streams at the Kodi side may fail because the PVR addon does not know exactly where the beginning of the new channel is inside the timeshift buffer file.
Depends on: Streaming method=TSReader
Default value: false
Wait time after turning a channel (ms)
Use this options to give the TVServer some time to fill the timeshift buffer before Kodi starts playing the selected channel. You can increase this value if you are experiencing frequent buffering after tuning a new channel.
Default value: 0



Next step: Configuring XBMC

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