GeeXboX Advanced Configuration – pvr

November 4th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

The PVR functionality

you must distinguish two things ; the backend for pvr and the frontend

GeeXboX comes with 2 backends (vdr & Tvheadend ) and 3 frontends (xbmc-addons-xvdr , tvheadend and vu+)

backends record videos from dvb , frontends play them or play live dvb streams

xbmc-addons for the pvr functionality  (the frontend part) can acees remote backend.

Setting up the backend

if you want to access a remote backend, in your local lan, skip this.

by default , nothing is enabled, you can change this by editing the file /etc/pvr.conf, choose vdr or tvheadend

# choose backend for pvr : vdr or tvheadend

BACKEND=”vdr”

Setting up tvheadend backend

Note : in 3.0,  a bug affect tvheadend server, do an update & upgrade of  tvheadend package

via another computer, using your preferred web browser, connect to your geexbox port 9981

  • From XBMC, in system menu, check for your IP address.
  • Open a navigator from another computer and type: http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:9981
  • Select your DVB device
  • Add DVB network by location
  • wait a moment
  • map dvb services to dvb channels
  • in configuration, don’t forget to add a directory to save your recorded videos
  • save
  • quit your navigator

Setting up vdr backend

vdr needs a channel.conf, here is an example how to create one :

  • First connect via putty or from vt2 to GeeXboX
  • create our own channels.conf for vdr 1.7 ( -o7 ) for dvb-t ( -ft )in france ( -cFR ) that we store in /root with name channels.conf , command line is :

w_scan -ft -cFR -o7 > /root/channels.conf

(be patient)

(not the good parameters for you : execute w_scan –help )

  • Edit this file, remove / comment unneeded channels, save

cp /root/channels.conf /etc/vdr

By default, recorded videos are stored in /video .

Setting up xvdr frontend (to use with vdr backend)

  • go to system/live tv
  • enable live tv
  • chosse xvdr frontend
  • configure ip settings only if you use a remote vdr backend
  • enable it
  • from the main menu, go to live tv, watch tv 🙂

Setting up tvheadend frontend (to use with tvheadend backend)

  • go to system/live tv
  • enable live tv
  • chosse tvheadend frontend
  • configure ip settings only if you use a remote tvheadend backend
  • enable it
  • from the main menu, go to live tv, watch tv 🙂
  1. Lavandiz
    December 16th, 2012 at 09:55 | #1

    Hi,
    I have Rasbperry PI WITH xbmc + PVR but I can’t watch TV
    how we can configure for the XBMC Rasbperry PI
    tHANKS

  2. erhanzeynel
    October 23rd, 2013 at 12:53 | #2

    Hi there is only elecronic program guide and digital video recorder tabs on my tvheadend.
    What should I do for watch a streaming iptv?

  3. erhanzeynel
    October 23rd, 2013 at 18:11 | #3

    Sorry I didn’t tell my config. It’s a i386 p4 1.7Ghz 512Mb DDR400 Ram Fx5200 AGP

  4. zuse
    November 13th, 2015 at 21:28 | #4

    If you have problems with enabling tvheadend addon after activating TV in Kodi try the other way round. TV was not working, the addon was missing in the addon list.
    Reboot, Disable TV, activate addon, reenable TV.

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