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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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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 (over-the-air signals).

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

You can run the PVR backend server on one of your existing Kodi installs, or on its own and connect over your local network. Just use the tables below and click on the PVR backend software which looks to best fit your needs.

1.1 Android

Sorry but there are not yet any generically compatible PVR backend software applications that runs natively on Android and have a PVR client addon for Kodi. Android is currently only added here on this page because requests and enquirers about PVR backends for Android compatible with Kodi is a frequently asked question.

If you want to get access to Live TV, EPG, and the other PVR features in Kodi running on Android today then you currently need to use an IPTV client or use a workaround such as running your PVR backend on a other a computer or device on your local network to stream the video to Kodi running on Android, (like example on a Raspberry Pi)

1.2 Linux (including Raspberry Pi)

Name DVB ATSC / QAM ISDB DTMB CableCard (US) IPTV Live time
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

1.2.1 Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi series is technically just embedded Linux platforms, but their low price and very capable hardware make it almost perfect as PVR backend for Kodi. In addition to this, since a lot of people are using Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi 2 as PVR backends, it makes it much easier for the Kodi community to streamline setup guides and provide help to use Raspberry Pi as a PVR backend due to most of the hardware being the same for everyone. For comp ability and links to these guides please see the Linux matrix above and the community forums.

Like every PVR backend, the server needs to receive the live signal from a receiver. A typical TV-tuner USB-stick will do, but be aware that such a USB-stick takes its power supply via the USB-interface. It might be required to put a USB-hub with independent power-supply between the Raspberry Pi and the TV-tuner USB-stick. Make sure that the TV-tuner USB-stick you choose works with both Linux OS on the Raspberry Pi hardware. Much more 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 .kodi/temp/kodi.log are files to check if the TV signal is not available.

1.3 Mac OS X

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

1.4 Windows

Name DVB ATSC / QAM ISDB DTMB CableCard (US) IPTV Live time
Argus TV (formerly "For The Record") Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes
DVBLink Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
DVBViewer Yes Yes ? ? No Yes Yes
NextPVR Yes Yes ? Yes Yes[3] Yes Yes
MediaPortal (MediaPortal TV-Server) Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes
ServerWMC (Server interface for Windows Media Center) Yes Yes ? ? Yes ? Yes

1.5 Other

Other PVR backends include IPTV clients, standalone network attached television tuners, and PVR recording software running on NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices or similar home server appliances.

Name DVB ATSC / QAM ISDB DTMB CableCard (US) IPTV Live time
VuPlus Client for Enigma2 (Dreambox, DBox2, and Vu+) based set-top boxes 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
FilmOn (IPTV) No No No No No Yes No
Stalker Middleware (IPTV) No No No No No Yes No
Tvheadend Yes Yes ? ? No Yes Yes
Njoy N7 Yes ? ? ? No Yes ?
PCTV Systems Broadway Yes ? ? ? No Yes ?
VBox Home TV Gateway Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes[4]

2 Notes

  1. VNSI supports full time shift. XVDR "XVDR Plugin for VDR" does.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Via Silicondust HDHomeRun Prime, the Hauppauge WinTV DCR-2650, or the Ceton InfiniTV 4.
  3. Via Silicondust HDHomeRun Prime.
  4. With Kodi VBox PVR addon or with TVheadend, MythTV, VDR
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