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How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

I don’t understand why everyone is being so odd about this. The original question is as plain as a pikestaff. He’s streaming TV (presumably over the ‘net) and would like to record the stream to watch at another time. What he doesn’t know is how, or even if, this can be done?

I’d like to do the same thing, which why I came here looking for an answer.

I have asked what addon it is that he uses, he wouldn’t answer and you also didn’t provide any info.

you cant expect us to help if we dont know what we are dealing with, XBMC doesnt save any streams, its up to addon to do and since we dont know what addon it is we cant help

(2014-02-09, 20:20) GraemeJ Wrote: I don’t understand why everyone is being so odd about this. The original question is as plain as a pikestaff. He’s streaming TV (presumably over the ‘net) and would like to record the stream to watch at another time. What he doesn’t know is how, or even if, this can be done?

I’d like to do the same thing, which why I came here looking for an answer.

I’m running ‘not filmon’, basically to stream BBC television, which is no longer available where I live.

How To Use Nextpvr And Kodi To Watch Live TV On A Windows Computer – Science/Technology – Nairaland

You can even record TV on Windows 10
Given the variety and quantity of programming available through the internet and streaming services, you might be wondering why you would need another program. However, if you would like to watch live TV on your PC and even be able to record what you view on a DVR, NextPVR and Kodi are the programs for you. Using a TV tuner to connect your cable or satellite feed to your PC will allow you to use these backend decoders to watch and record live TV on your Windows 10 PC.

What Is a Backend Decoder and How Do They Work?
If you’d like to watch live TV on your PC, Kodi cannot accomplish this by itself. To work correctly, Kodi requires a kind of software known as a backend that allows your PC to decipher any broadcast signals from your satellite antenna or cable box. By connecting to the backend through an add-on program, Kodi helps by creating a front end or connection that allows you to watch TV and search through channels.

One of the more popular and most recommended backend programs is NextPVR, which works very well with Kodi. In fact, the NextPVR add-on comes with Kodi already installed, which means you don’t have to download additional software to watch live TV on your PC. Additionally, NextPVR is completely free to use and easy to install on your computer with minimal fuss.

I’m a newbee and likely have a simple question.

I have a PC running windows 10 and have Kodi 15.1 with Next PVR running on it. The PC has a tuner to receive over-the-air TV signals. Everything works great on the PC, I can watch and record live TV.

I have a TV with no antenna and no cable, but it has a Fire TV box hooked up. I would like to use Kodi on the Fire TV to access my Kodi on the PC to stream live TV and recorded TV from my PC Kodi to the Fire TV Kodi.

But when I try to configure the Kodi on the Fire TV to point the Next PVR Hostname to my PC ip address, it says that the PVR client connect is lost.

I think I’m missing something here. What am I doing wrong?

This happened to me. I found out when I went back into settings that 192 had been put in there twice. This was because I started on the standard kodi keyboard and then switched the ip address keyboard. It doesn’t show but the original numbers you type are still there.

TL;DR go back into the ip address settings and make sure it is right.

It should be pretty straight forward. On your pc open NPVR go to settings / clients tab. where is says xbmc check allow remote access also check enable web server (not sure if the web server needs to be enabled but mine is) I left the pin default 0000 and web server port 8866 default. On your AFTV open kodi go to system / addons / pvr clients / select next pvr client go to configure don’t worry about the host name port and pin should already be default no nothing to there. Make sure it is enabled Select ok. pop up says needs to restart select ok. restart kodi and all should be good. if not check that your firewall is not blocking port 8866

Edit: also make sure in kodi you go to settings and enable the TV section

NextPVR frontend. Supports streaming of Live TV & Recordings, listening to Radio channels and EPG.

1 Installing

To install this add-on you must do so from the Add-on manager from within Kodi by going to

  1. The home screen
  2. Add-ons
  3. Download
  4. NextPVR PVR Client
  5. Install

For Linux, see. Ubuntu PVR add-ons

NextPVR is a free Personal Video Recorder (PVR) application for Windows, Linux, Mac and Docker.

Tuner support varies depending on the platform it’s installed in, but in cross the various platforms NextPVR supports a wide range of digital tuners including DVB-S/S2, DVB-T/T2, DVB-C, DMB-T, ATSC and QAM. NextPVR also supports specialist component/HDMI capture devices (like the Hauppauge HDPVR, HDPVR2 and Colossus), and Copy-Freely devices (like the Hauppauge DCR-2650 and HDHomeRun Prime). NextPVR supports all broadcast codec’s including: MPEG-2, H.264, and HEVC video, and MPEG1 Layer II, AC3, E-AC3, AAC, HE-AAC audio.

Please post support questions at http://forums.nextpvr.com/forumdisplay.php?54-Kodi-XBMC

Contents

  • 1 Installing
  • 2 NextPVR quick start guide
    • 2.1 Kodi Usage
  • 3 Connecting Kodi to NextPVR
  • 4 Additional guides and links

2 NextPVR quick start guide

The latest release of NextPVR can be downloaded and installed from

  • http://www.nextpvr.com. It’s recommended you get NextPVR fully working by itself, before you continue with the steps below to get Kodi working with NextPVR.

2.1 Kodi Usage

NextPVR v3.4.8 or later are recommended Kodi compatibility.

3 Connecting Kodi to NextPVR

Note: Make sure you have no (blank) channel names before you start. Your first default scan often finds many channels with out info. You should either name these channels or delete them. Otherwise, Kodi will hang trying to start up the PVR Manager.

  1. Go to Settings -> Add-ons -> Install from repository -> PVR Clients and select the NextPVR add-on
  2. Select “Configure”
  3. For Linux installation see. Ubuntu PVR add-ons

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

The Live TV menu option allows you to watch TV as it is broadcast, just like a regular TV. Unlike a TV you can also pause and record TV shows and even skip commercials with the right configuration.

Pausing Live TV

Just like many set-top boxes and DVRs NextPVR is able to “pause” live TV. If, for example, the telephone rings while you are watching a program you can press Pause to freeze the picture and start recording the show in the background. Press Play to start watching the show from where you left off. Changing the channel or pressing stop will cancel time-shift playback.

Watching Live TV While Recording (and Multi-Record)

Your ability to watch one show while recording another is obviously determined by the number and type of capture cards you have installed. NextPVR supports Multi-Record on certain types of digital sources. This can allow you to watch/record more than 1 show from a single source mux/frequency and so allows recording multiple shows at once from single tuner devices.

You can always watch a currently recording program from the Recordings screen.

Picture In Picture (PIP)

NextPVR supports PIP mode on the PC. You can either use the context menu, or using the * and # keys on the MCE remote. You can press 123-* to open PIP on channel 123. You can press 124-* to change the PIP window to channel 124. You can press # to swap windows. You can press * by itself to close the PIP window.

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

Now and Next Popup

Allows easy browsing of what’s on Now and Next on other channels. Use Up/Down/Enter to browse and select channels to watch.

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

Remote Control and Keyboard Shortcuts

Action Keyboard Remote Control
Channel + +
Channel –
Up Channel (Now and Next Popup) Up arrow
Down Channel (Now and Next Popup) Down arrow
Watch Channel (Now and Next Popup) Enter OK
Enable Subtitles (Closed Caption) Ctrl-X
Previous Channel Ctrl-W
Record current show Ctrl-K Record button
Resume Playback (if previously paused) Ctrl-P PLAY button
Stop Live TV and return to menu Ctrl-S STOP button
Pause Live TV Ctrl-Q PAUSE button
Fast-forward (if previously paused) Ctrl-F FF button (>>)
Rewind (if previously paused) Ctrl-R REWIND button ( |)
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The all-conquering Kodi media center really can be all things to all people. It plays movies, music, TV shows, documentaries, and can even watch and record live TV. This last feature is the one I’m going to discuss today as I have just installed and set up a PVR in Kodi myself. So now is a good time to share it, while the knowledge is fresh.

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

First, for those who aren’t familiar with the term, a PVR is a personal video recorder. Some people also call it a DVR or digital video recorder. Either way, it’s a device you can use to record digital media to an external storage device like a memory card. Often a PVR is a separate device that hooks up to a television, but it can also be a piece of software you use alongside your media player. Since I’m all about optimizing my Kodi setup, a software PVR client is what I went with.

I use the Simple PVR as it is easy to use, still being supported, and works like a charm. Plus, a friend also uses it and walked me through the installation and configuration. Hopefully now I can explain it to you just as well.

There are two types of PVR in Kodi: the type where you connect your aerial to your computer and use live feeds, and the type where you use M3U files from reputable providers. As I don’t actually have an HD antenna, I used the latter. It is only a single extra step after adding the PVR add-on and it works like a charm.

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

Adding Simple PVR to Kodi

Adding the PVR to Kodi works the same as adding any other add-on, except you don’t need to add a repo first.

  1. Launch Kodi and select the Settings cog icon.
  2. Select Add-ons and toggle “Unknown sources” to “on” if this isn’t already enabled.
  3. Navigate to the Kodi home page.
  4. Select Add-ons and My add-ons.
  5. Select PVR IPTV Simple Client and install.
  6. Select Configure and select M3U Play List URL.
  7. Enter either http://ccld.io/atom.m3u from cCloud or https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/36b1wtkkee3mced/iptv.m3u from Fluxus into the box and select OK.
  8. Select OK and go back to the home page.

You should see a message telling you a certain number of channels have been loaded. You will then need to reboot Kodi to get your PVR working. Once it’s rebooted, you should see lots of options within the TV menu from the Home page.

The cCloud M3U source is very good and currently loads 480 IPTV channels. Many of those are non-English so you will probably need to filter them by language. To do this, select the Options button at the bottom of the TV Channels page, toggle Filter to “on,” and add English as your filter. You should see lots of channels removed with over 200 English channels remaining.

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

Create your own IPTV channel list for Kodi

The M3U sources above offer a huge range of IPTV channels and are regularly updated, but you can create your own if you prefer. You will need to find some channels first. Then we can create the necessary file to import into Kodi. We will use Pastebin to create the file and URL.

To find channels, Google is your friend. Search for IPTV channels and copy a list of the ones you’re interested in watching. There are a few Facebook groups dedicated to channel listings, too.

  1. Navigate to Pastebin. If you don’t have an account there, you can do what you need as a guest.
  2. Copy and paste all the IPTV channels you collected into Pastebin.
  3. Edit the list into the format below so it is usable by Kodi.
  4. Select Submit at the bottom of the Pastebin page.
  5. Complete the Captcha to prove you’re real.
  6. Copy the URL at the top of the page.
  7. Open PVR IPTV Simple Client in Kodi.
  8. Select Configure and paste in your M3U Play List URL.
  9. Select OK and restart the app.

There is a very specific format you need to use to get your own M3U playlist working.

#EXTINF:-1,Channel 1 Name

#EXTINF:-1,Channel 2 Name

A working example of an M3U file is:

rtmp://$OPT:rtmp-raw=rtmp://rtmp.jim.stream.vmmacdn.be app=vmma-jim-rtmplive-live playpath=jim live=1

#EXTINF:0,Student Live Stream

#EXTINF:0,BigBuckBunny 2 Levels

You can add other data to your playlist such as language, group category, a parental control PIN code, audio track options, and more depending on what you find. This page at the Simple IPTV website explains your options. They aren’t necessary to get this working–they’re optional.

There is a bit of work involved in creating your own IPYV list but you have full control over what is featured. The ready-made list cover a wide range of languages and interests. If you wanted to create a list only with your language and interests, this is the way to do it. Just add it to Kodi as above and see how it works.

When you’re obtaining IPTV URLs from online, they won’t all work. Some will work fine while others will come and go. It pays to keep your M3U file up to date as much as you can for best results.

Have you created your own M3U list? Know of other published lists better than cCloud or Fluxus? Tell us about it if you do!

You can even record TV on Windows 10

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

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Given the variety and quantity of programming available through the internet and streaming services, you might be wondering why you would need another program. However, if you would like to watch live TV on your PC and even be able to record what you view on a DVR, NextPVR and Kodi are the programs for you. Using a TV tuner to connect your cable or satellite feed to your PC will allow you to use these backend decoders to watch and record live TV on your Windows 10 PC.

What Is a Backend Decoder and How Do They Work?

If you’d like to watch live TV on your PC, Kodi cannot accomplish this by itself. To work correctly, Kodi requires a kind of software known as a backend that allows your PC to decipher any broadcast signals from your satellite antenna or cable box. By connecting to the backend through an add-on program, Kodi helps by creating a front end or connection that allows you to watch TV and search through channels.

One of the more popular and most recommended backend programs is NextPVR, which works very well with Kodi. In fact, the NextPVR add-on comes with Kodi already installed, which means you don’t have to download additional software to watch live TV on your PC. Additionally, NextPVR is completely free to use and easy to install on your computer with minimal fuss.

How to Install and Configure NextPVR on PC Windows 10

To download the latest version of NextPVR, you need to head to NextPVR’s download page and select the version you need. Once the program has finished downloading, double click the program icon to open the installation wizard like any other windows program.

From the NextPVR home page, click the Download button.

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

Select the Download NextPVR V4.X (Windows Only) to download the software.

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

Double click to open the installation wizard.

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

Review the License Agreement and click I Agree.

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

Select the Destination Folder for NextPVR.

Click Install and wait for the program to finish installing.

How to Setup NextPVR on PC Windows 10

Once the program has finished installing, double-check that your TV tuner is set up on your PC. Using NextPVR, you can connect your device to the program.

Once the program opens, right-click on the program’s front page and select Settings.

Click on Devices in the left-hand column of the menu to select the tuner installed on your PC.

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

Double click on the correct device, then scan for channels to populate the information.

Return to the main NextPVR interface. Click on TV Guide or Live TV to start watching TV programs on your computer.-

How to Record TV on PC Windows 10 With NextPVR

Now that you have successfully installed NextPVR and Kodi on your PC, you can start recording live TV directly onto your PC’s hard drive or on your computer’s network. NextPVR also has a great feature that allows you to add several minutes of padding before and after the recording in case of network delays or malfunctions.

Launch the NextPVR application and open Settings.

Select the Recording tab.

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

Move your mouse to the top of the screen and select Man-Rec from the menu that appears.

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

In the Manual Recording screen, select the Channel you want to record.

You can also add advanced rules, including “title LIKE ‘news.” This will ensure that all shows with ‘news’ in the title are recorded.

How to Change NextPVR’s Recordings Settings

When you install the program, it will automatically select a folder like Temp to store recordings. However, you can change it to any folder you like.

From the Settings Menu, select Recordings from the left-hand column.

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

The Recording Directories window will show the default directory where your recorded videos will be stored.

How to watch and record live tv with kodi and nextpvr

To change the default directory, click the Edit button and select a new folder. You can also add additional directories by selecting the Add button.

Even if you have multiple computers, you only need one TV tuner card to watch TV on all of them. If you’ve set up NextPVR to watch live TV in Kodi, you can actually stream that live TV and its recordings to any computer on your network–from the browser on your laptop, or through other Kodi boxes. Here’s how to set it up.

Step One: Enable NextPVR’s Web UI

The first thing you should do is make sure NextPVR’s web UI is enabled–this feature enabled by default, but let’s check just to make sure. On your PC with the TV tuner installed, open NextPVR, then right-click the user interface. In the menu that pops up, click “Settings”, then head to the “Clients” section.

Ensure that the “Enable Web Server” box is checked, choosing an alternative web server port if you so desire (the default of 8866 is fine if you’re not sure). I’d also recommend setting a username and password, and a PIN for Kodi (labeled here as XBMC, which is Kodi’s former name).

With everything set up, you should now be able to check out the web client from on your HTPC. Open the web browser, type localhost:8866 into the address bar, then press Enter (if you set an alternative port, replace “8866” with that alternative).

If all goes well, you should now see the web UI. From here you can browse your TV listings, schedule shows to watch, watch TV from any computer, and even watch or download your recordings.

Step Two: Access the Web UI From Another Computer

The web UI, of course, isn’t that useful this way. It doesn’t do anything you can’t do from within NextPVR itself, or from within Kodi. Plus, it isn’t exactly remote friendly.

This interface is much more useful when you’re accessing it from your other computers, so you can schedule your HTPC to record shows or watch live TV from any computer in your house.

The first thing you need to do is find your HTPC’s private and public IP address. Then, from your web browser, type your private IP address, followed by a colon and the port you set above. For example: if your HTPC’s IP address is 192.168.1.6, and you left the port at the default of 8866, you’d type 192.168.1.6:8866 in the address bar and press Enter:

You can now browse your TV listings. To watch any channel, live, in your browser, click the “View Live” link below the channel’s name. A window will pop up and play.

This depends on the VLC browser plugin, which is included with the popular VLC media player, so install that program on any computer you’d like to watch TV on. This plugin doesn’t seem to work in Chrome for us, so you may need to use Firefox or Safari.

In the listings, you can also click any show’s name in order to schedule a recording. Doing so will bring up a window, which by default will set a one-time recording. If you’d prefer to record every episode of a particular show, you can also choose to do that, along with recording only new episodes and only recording the show at specific times.

Click the “Manage Recordings” button and you’ll be presented with a list of all of your recordings, both scheduled and complete. You can play them in your browser, or download them for your next road trip. You can also delete your recordings from here.

To keep this working consistently, you should really set up a static IP address or DHCP reservation for your home theater PC. Without this your IP address will change every time your router restarts, meaning any bookmarks you make for this interface will break.

Step Three: Access Live TV and Recordings From Your Other Kodi Boxes

The real magic in this, however, comes if you have multiple Kodi-based HTPCs in your home. If you have an HTPC with a TV tuner in the living room, for example, and a Raspberry Pi running Kodi in the bedroom, you can access the HTPC’s live TV and recordings from the Raspberry Pi without having to buy another TV tuner. That’s awesome.

Setting this up is almost identical to setting up Kodi to access NextPVR on a local computer, with one small settings change.

Open Kodi on your second PC and head to System > Add-Ons > My Add-Ons >PVR Clients. Find the “NextPVR PVR Client” add-on, select it, and hit the “Configure” button.

Select “NextPVR hostname”, then type the IP address of your NextPVR machine.

You’ll also need to provide the NextPVR PIN code you set back in step one. Again, if you plan on doing this regularly, setting up your NextPVR machine with a static IP is a good idea.

Once everything is set up, you’ll be able to use NextPVR in Kodi just the same as you use it on the local machine. Because Kodi is available for Windows, Linux, Mac, and even Android, this gives you all sorts of potential devices to steam TV from: just install Kodi and configure it to access everything over the network. As long as you have one device with a TV Tuner and NextPVR installed, you can watch Live TV on any other Kodi machine in your house.

Step Four (Optional): Enable Access From Outside Your Network

All of that is cool enough, but wouldn’t it be even cooler to schedule recordings after hearing about a show at work? Or at the bar? For that matter, wouldn’t it be nice to watch your TV and recordings from outside your home network?

This is possible, but a bit more complicated: you’ll need to dive into your router’s configuration and set up port forwarding. You need your router to to direct all requests for NextPVR’s web client to your media center. How to do this will vary widely depending on your router, but our guide to setting up port forwarding on your router offers a great overview. Just make sure you forward 8866, or whichever port you chose for NextPVR’s web UI in step one, to your HTPC’s IP address.

To connect, you will need your external IP address, or an address set up with dynamic DNS. Here’s how to find your external IP, but consider setting up DDNS if you want an easy-to-type URL instead of an IP address.

If you’ve forwarded your ports correctly, you can connect to your NextPVR from anywhere by typing your external IP or dynamic DNS address, followed by the port number you picked earlier (e.g. my.dynamic-address.com:8866 ). The web UI should appear, allowing you to schedule recordings, but you’ll notice that both streaming live TV and watching recordings does not work.

This is because, by default, streaming content from outside your home network is not enabled. To change this, you will need to manually edit the “config.xml” in your NextPVR configuration folder, which is found in C:\Users\Public\NPVR on your HTPC by default.

Edit the file by double-clicking it, or right-clicking on it and opening it with Notepad or WordPad. Ensure that AllowRemoteTranscoding and AllowRemoteStreaming are both set totrue , by replacing the word false between the relevant tags.

Save the file and you should be able to watch live TV remotely, and download your recordings from anywhere.

Streaming works well within your home network, but in my experience you probably shouldn’t count on watching live TV or recordings away from home. My internet upload speed is 30Mbps, and I’ve yet to really get live TV working from outside my home network. This makes sense: live TV takes up a lot of bandwidth, and odds are anyone without Google Fiber isn’t going to be able to watch much of anything away from home without a lot of glitches. Downloading recorded episodes could work in a pinch, though, if you’re patient, and being able to manage your PVR from anywhere is also pretty nice.

NextPVR frontend. Supports streaming of Live TV & Recordings, listening to Radio channels and EPG.

1 Installing

To install this add-on you must do so from the Add-on manager from within Kodi by going to

  1. The home screen
  2. Add-ons
  3. Download
  4. NextPVR PVR Client
  5. Install

For Linux, see. Ubuntu PVR add-ons

NextPVR is a free Personal Video Recorder (PVR) application for Windows, Linux, Mac and Docker.

Tuner support varies depending on the platform it’s installed in, but in cross the various platforms NextPVR supports a wide range of digital tuners including DVB-S/S2, DVB-T/T2, DVB-C, DMB-T, ATSC and QAM. NextPVR also supports specialist component/HDMI capture devices (like the Hauppauge HDPVR, HDPVR2 and Colossus), and Copy-Freely devices (like the Hauppauge DCR-2650 and HDHomeRun Prime). NextPVR supports all broadcast codec’s including: MPEG-2, H.264, and HEVC video, and MPEG1 Layer II, AC3, E-AC3, AAC, HE-AAC audio.

Please post support questions at http://forums.nextpvr.com/forumdisplay.php?54-Kodi-XBMC

Contents

  • 1 Installing
  • 2 NextPVR quick start guide
    • 2.1 Kodi Usage
  • 3 Connecting Kodi to NextPVR
  • 4 Additional guides and links

2 NextPVR quick start guide

The latest release of NextPVR can be downloaded and installed from

  • http://www.nextpvr.com. It’s recommended you get NextPVR fully working by itself, before you continue with the steps below to get Kodi working with NextPVR.

2.1 Kodi Usage

NextPVR v3.4.8 or later are recommended Kodi compatibility.

3 Connecting Kodi to NextPVR

Note: Make sure you have no (blank) channel names before you start. Your first default scan often finds many channels with out info. You should either name these channels or delete them. Otherwise, Kodi will hang trying to start up the PVR Manager.

  1. Go to Settings -> Add-ons -> Install from repository -> PVR Clients and select the NextPVR add-on
  2. Select “Configure”
  3. For Linux installation see. Ubuntu PVR add-ons