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

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