INPUT NEEDED: Newbie PVR guide

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00b5 Offline
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Post: #61
Found this post very helpful for me:

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=182556

Location: USA
Tuner/service: HDHomeRun OTA
OS/Backend: Openelec 3.2.4 / TVHeadend / HDHomeRun Drivers (both of these are plugins included in OpenELEC)
Frontend: XBMC on the Openelec, as well as my test XMBC on my Win7 laptop, and one ATV2 (all need to have the tvheadend client enabled and configured with backends IP, no username/passwd needed unless you added one manually)

Now, I think my HDHomeRun is bad, it keeps dropping off the network/turning off, so i need to address that, and I'll have to get a better antenna and locate it higher up to get ALL the channels, but it looks promoising.

I'll eventually probably use schedules direct for the EPG info, i'm not there yet since my tuner dies after a small amount of testing.

It also showed me how bad mpeg2 in 1080 being squeezed out by my ATV2 looks (its all choppy). I really need to replace them with a few NUCs Smile
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wormheart Offline
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Post: #62
Ok, I'm going to stick out my neck and ask the ultimative newbie question.

I have no TV-tuner in my PC. I can stream a lot of channels via Xbmc over the internet on my PC.

Can I record those channels?

Just like using firefox to download legal videos from youtube.

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Ned Scott Offline
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Post: #63
Not with XBMC, no.

You can make easy links to the Kodi Wiki Manual using double brackets around common Kodi words: [[debug log]] = debug log (wiki), [[Video library]] = Video library (wiki), [[SMB]] = SMB (wiki) , [[userdata]] = userdata (wiki), etc
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wormheart Offline
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Post: #64
So - the PVR are only working with a TV-tuner?

Too bad. Undecided

Curious - how is that any better than just using a regular HD-recorder with my cable?

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Ned Scott Offline
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No one said it was any better.

You can make easy links to the Kodi Wiki Manual using double brackets around common Kodi words: [[debug log]] = debug log (wiki), [[Video library]] = Video library (wiki), [[SMB]] = SMB (wiki) , [[userdata]] = userdata (wiki), etc
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wormheart Offline
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Post: #66
Oh, I probably was just approaching it from the wrong angle. Smile

I was searching for a way to record, and thought this was it.

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Post: #67
If anyone interest in a small, silent and low powered pvr backend then I recommend on any of the Cubox-i models.
While I believe currently OpenELEC use the older 3.0.50 kernel you can get 3.10 on the device (so updated dvb drivers) with other distro (I'm on Arch, I think Geexbox already updated).
(If you know how to then you can always build an updated media tree).

My model is the Cubox-i2, I'm running on it a bunch of apps: Tvheadend, HTPCManager, CouchPotato, Sickbeard, Headphones, and also use it as a Armv7h build server.
It super stable, I tried crashing it running the cpu at almost 100% for 2-3 days and it stayed up without an issue.
I didn't experience any issue with the usb port, usb dvb-t tuner working great (you can't say this on the Raspberry Pi).

I'll probably upgrade it to one of the eSATA models, would attach storage directly to it and install XBMC thus retiring two of my devices: Pogoplug v4 (NAS) and one of my Amlogic based device (headless audio client).
(This post was last modified: 2014-03-17 14:28 by dhead.)
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Post: #68
Hi all

Im using Beyond XBMC 12.4.1

How can I set up IPTV??

Its missing from the PVR clients Frown
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(2014-08-13 22:04)LiamKennyMac Wrote:  Hi all

Im using Beyond XBMC 12.4.1

How can I set up IPTV??

Its missing from the PVR clients Frown

when you are using custom versions of XBMC/Kodi, you will normally have much more success asking your questions directly to the developers of the version you are using, this is because they might have added or removed something which may brake things that normally works.
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Czarified Offline
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Where can I definitively find what standards/codecs I will need for my given Cable Provider? For example: I currently have Comcast Limited Basic, and I'm looking at a Tv Tuner Card from Hauppauge that supports ATSC, DVB, and QAM. Do I need to get a Cable Card? Can I ditch my set-top box, or do I need to run a cable from the wall, through the box, and into my HTPC?

Honestly, I'd be okay with keeping the set-top, if it means I don't have to rent some other piece of equipment. With my package, it's no extra charge for the box.
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Post: #71
No tuner device needed if you have a cable box with firewire, all you need to do is add a backend that has firewire tuning/capture capabilities and a data source for EPG (Electronic Program Guide) info.

I use Mythtv as a PVR backend and it works flawlessly with a Motorola DCH-3200. Dedicate an old PC (really, it'll run on a celeron if you had to) with a decent Firewire chipset/card, throw a ton of storage at it (local hard drives or a NAS), add a Firewire cable, and get an EPG subscription from Schedules Direct for about 25/year.

Have a look here to see if your cablebox is has firewire capture:
https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Firewire_Cab...patability
If not, I would **strongly** recommend you consider a Silicon Dust HD Homerun Prime and swap your cable box out for a cable card.

I can't speak for other PVR backends because Myth has worked fine for me since 2004 but that doesn't mean there aren't other solutions out there that will work with your cable. If you do go the Myth route, I encourage you to try the Mythbuntu distribution as it will do most of the heavy lifting (setting up and configuring MySQL, Apache, lircd, etc) for you and comes with a GUI Control Panel.

Kodi 14.2: Mythbuntu-14.04.2 (1xC2D-T6400|4gb),(1xAth64+3800|2gb) | Win7 (2xC2D-8400|4gb) | OE 5.08 (2xRPi-B+)
MythTV 0.28-2825: Mythbuntu-14.04.2 (Ath64-3800|2gb|80gb/1tb) | mySQL for mythconverg | Kodi instance
Server 14.04.2: (AthX2+5000|4gb|80/500/2x3000Gb) | DNS/Wins/NFS/SMB/mySQL | Deluge/Sick/Couch/HTPCmon/LMS(squeeze)
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