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Simple question for a probably complicated thing:

Is it possible to use the internal TV-Tuner-Hardware of a Sony-Android-TV (here: ZD9) in Kodi, so that I can list and change the Satellite-TV-Program within kodi? 

Background: 
Sony's idea of a User-Interface is... well... very "individual". I would prefer to say "utter garbish" or "unusable". It would be quite cool to use Kodi as the general UI for the TV-Set.
I am wondering the same issue on a AF9...

Sure there is an addon to introduce cccams or so...

I am looking to Tvheadend...but I do not now if it is possible in our Android TV...

Regards
It's very unlikely that the tuner would be shared with the Android part so that Kodi could access it.

Simple way to test would be to install something like TVHeadend as already mentioned, and see if that can see the tuners as a source. If it can then you're OK, if not then you're out of luck. My money would be on the latter.
TVHeadend, hm? Is that on playstore?

I will give that a try. 

Apart from that, just theoretical: 
The TV's own TV-Frontend is an Android-App, too, so the Tuner MUST have an accessible interface of any kind.
Consequently the problem must be Sony, making a secret of the API/interface.
Sony's tuner integration is mostly proprietary. Google's TV Input Framework (TIF) is only used for the most basic stuff. However, even if it was used extensively, TIF is not meant for replacing the viewer app (e.g. Google's Live Channels or Sony's own awful one), but only for adding live sources (channels) on the lower end (web-based or from integrated tuners for example).

Or in short, there is simply no way for Kodi or any Play Store 3rd party app to access the integrated tuners (apart from Google's own Live Channels via TIF).
(2019-01-29, 11:56)Gugelhupf03 Wrote: [ -> ]TVHeadend, hm? Is that on playstore?

I will give that a try. 

Apart from that, just theoretical: 
The TV's own TV-Frontend is an Android-App, too, so the Tuner MUST have an accessible interface of any kind.
Consequently the problem must be Sony, making a secret of the API/interface.

I don't think there's a TVH server app in the Play Store. More usually the tuner sits on the network and broadcasts its output over the local network (or at least makes it available that way) for the server to pick up (although the two may be on the same device in some cases). But I'd strongly doubt that the tuners here will be available outside the TV itself.

That said have a look at the link below. It's old, but I'm not sure if anything ever came of it or if there is anything working there (I don't have such a TV so have no need of it - I use a HDHomeRun tuner and TVH on a Pi).

https://tvheadend.org/boards/5/topics/21407
Kodi needs a third-party PVR-backend (PVR-server) to interact with USB TV-tuners and there are no compatible PVR-backends (PVR-server) that runs nativly on the Android. 

PVR (wiki)

For now you either need to get a networked-attached TV-tuner (which can't record) or plugin your USB tuner in a computer on your network and run the PVR-backend on it.

PVR_recording_software (wiki)

Many people buy a Raspberry Pi to solve this as its a computer that you can plugin your USB tuner and run PVR-backend software on.

Suggest that buy a Raspberry Pi, plugin USB-tuner and try installing LibreELEC on it first 

LibreELEC (wiki)

LibreELEC comes preinstalled with some PVR-backend software that is relativly easy to configure, and then you can connect to that PVR-backend from Android over network.
You guys got any further with this?
Been wanting to try it in my Sony ag9
Nope, gave up.
I'm near to giving up on Sony's AndroidTV completely and reluctantly attach a 50$-China-AndroidTV-Box for Kodi. Sony's ATV2 is so... trash... in so many aspects, that I can't find proper words for it.
Memory, Memory-Speed, Memory-Expansion, Network-Speed, SoC-Speed, 3D-implementation... I'm nearly vomiting just by thinking about it. I loved the proprietary W8-Series so much! Still do! But I need Android-TV,because I need Kodi. 

As good as Sony's panels are, as bad is their electronics. Still is, that's the sadest thing. They don't learn, they don't improve, they don't invest, they don't care about their customers the least bit (e.g. by allowing options for external network-hardware)

OnePlus announced to go into TV-Business... well THEY know how to do Android! Maybe the next TV won't be Sony anymore, who knows?