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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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Frequently Asked Questions for XBMC and PVR related.


1 What is PVR?

  • PVR (Personal video recorder) allows you to watch live TV, listen to radio, view an EPG, schedule recordings and enables many other TV related features.

2 What is a PVR Backend and why do I need it?

  • A PVR Backend is the actual software that interfaces with your tuner hardware and handles the recording. XBMC simply acts as a graphical interface to this software, allowing you to access it from within XBMC.

3 What PVR Hardware/TV Cards does XBMC support?

  • XBMC itself does not support any specific PVR Hardware, it only outputs and interacts with TV streaming server i.e. PVR Backend.
  • Each PVR Backend has different hardware and operating system requirements. Please visit the webpages of the individual PVR Backends for more information.

4 What are PVR add-ons and why do I need them?

  • XBMC relies on add-ons to interact with each individual PVR Backends. Hence you need to ensure that XBMC has the appropriate add-on for the PVR backend you are using installed.

5 Do I need to separately download PVR add-ons or do they come bundled with XBMC?

  • Official XBMC.org versions of XBMC for Android, iOS, Mac OS X, and Windows, come with PVR add-ons already included with XBMC. Linux users will need to install PVR add-ons using the instructions for their specific PVR backend. See PVR backend.

6 Do all XBMC skins support PVR?

  • Not all skins have PVR support. The default XBMC skin, Confluence, contains full PVR support.
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