This page explains how to setup XBMC to be a PVR. This allows you to watch live TV, listen to radio, view an EPG, schedule recordings and enables many other TV related features.
The PVR functionality of XBMC is currently under (heavy) development. Not everything will work properly yet and you can expect occasional crashes while using this. Also, the documentation here could be outdated as development progresses.
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If you want to watch TV on your PC, you'll need at least one supported tuner card or a provider that provides IPTV access. That tuner hardware doesn't have to be installed on the same computer on which you want to watch TV. We'll call the computer with the tuner hardware the backend. The computer used to view TV will be called the frontend. The backend and frontend can be one and the same machine. XBMC will be run on the frontend.
If your backend runs Linux, have a look at these pages to find compatible hardware:
- DVB-C tuners - for digital cable television
- DVB-S tuners - for digital satellite television
- DVB-S2 tuners - for digital HD satellite television
- DVB-T tuners - for digital Terrestrial television
- analogue tuners - (fill me in)
A list of supported tuners can be found here.
XBMC currently supports the following backends:
- HTS Tvheadend
You'll have to install (at least) one of them.
2.1 1. HTS Tvheadend
2.2 2. VDR
2.3 3. MythTV
2.4 4. MediaPortal
- OS: Windows
- Homepage: team-mediaportal.com
- Forum support topic: none?
- Installation: ?
As was told in the first paragraph, the PVR functionality in XBMC is under development. It's not a part of the mainline source tree yet, so you'll have to install XBMC a bit differenty.
There are prebuilt packages available for Ubuntu Karmic, Lucid and Maverick.
To install them, open a terminal windows via Applications -> Accesoires -> Terminal and enter the following commands:
sudo apt-get remove xbmc xbmc-bin xbmc-data xbmc-skin-confluence xbmc-standalone ## remove a previous XBMC installation sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lars-opdenkamp/xbmc-pvr ## add the PVR ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install xbmc xbmc-standalone
3.1.2 From source
To get the stable source on your pc, execute these commands on the command line (you must have git installed):
git clone git://github.com/opdenkamp/xbmc-antiquated.git cd xbmc-antiquated git checkout Dharma-pvr
To get the development source, execute this command:
git clone git://github.com/opdenkamp/xbmc.git
Now you can follow the normal compile instructions (but those will probably need updating):
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