Linux Field report: TVMosaic as daily driver
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Hi folks,

I'm a long time user of kodi for linux and used the PVR from the early beginning when it was introduced.

For a lot of years I used tvheadend as my tv backend and it is a great piece of software with a lot of functions. But for my daily needs a lot of its functionality is not needed here.
My HTPC is a simple single seat setup in the living room, no need for tv streaming and lot of other functions tvheadend provides, just some FTA TV via DVB-S2, that's it. After years I know how to configure tvheadend, but to be honest, it's really hard to set it up.

When I recently decided to completely reset the HTPC I started looking for other tvbackends for linux. I found TVMosaic which supports linux (in my case Ubuntu 18.04 & Kodi Leia). Since the free version seemed to meet my requirements, I gave it a try.

Installation - just downloaded and installed the deb package (TVMosaic v 1.0.0. Build 17707) - and setup was straight forward and - dead simple! As with any  satellite receiver I simply had to start channel scan, checked the channels I want to watch, numbered the channels (very excellent function - there is a search field for channels, no need to search through a list of thousands of channels) - and that's it. Setup took around 10 Minutes. FTA EPG is absolutely sufficient here in germany.

For some weeks now it works without any problems, and even channel switching is as fast as with tvheadend ...

So if you've got a simple HTPC setup like me there are no reasons not to use tvmosaic as your daily driver. If you want more fancy functions - tvheadend is the free swiss army knife.

So long
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