Recording Live TV
In this topic we will merely explain the basic stuff. A fully extended tutorial can easily be googled. There is however always the possibility to ask questions.
How does it work
What especially matters is the device and the software with which you actually record. Kodi itself cannot record and there are no addons as such. There are however addons to watch recordings. But there will always be something in the background that does the actual recording. This can be on the same device, but any other device will do.
What do you need
You will need a source. In most cases IPTV you can only watch one channel on one device only, for else you will be blocked (IP-Ban). So you cannot record and watch TV simultaneously using the same source. But the software that we discuss here can very well handle various sources, such as Fox or other providers in your country…
You will need a device on which you install the software. These are the options:
- Windows device, like PC, Mini PC, laptop or tablet
- Linux device. Can also be a PC, Mini PC or laptop. It can also be a Raspberry PI 3, or any other device on which you can install Libre ELEC.
So with Android it will not work.
When it comes to software, there are quite a few choices, although to our opinion not enough good ones. On Windows we have tried all sorts of applications, yet the very best is DVBLink of DVBLogic. You can also install this software on Linux and NAS. The disadvantage is that after a 20 days trial, it will cost you 49 Euro per installation.
For Linux there are a number of options as well, but the best one is TVHeadend. This one too can be installed on NAS, is fully open source and free. Disadvantage is that it takes some more configuration, but once you get the hang of it, it works just fine.
Download the application on the DVBLogic website and install it. By doing so you install the server.
Once you open it, you will see there is still a tv-adapter to be installed, in our case the IPTV option. It will give you a 20 days trial, afterwards it will cost 49 Euro per installation.
Configuring this tool is very easy. You can import the playlist, add the EPG-source and connect channels to the source. After doing all that you can watch tv using the player, or set a recording. There recordings match the quality of the source exactly and are stored in a *.ts file.
It all works very smoothly and if you are willing to spend some money on it, then try this one!
So for TVHeadend you will need Linux. It can basically be done on a Raspberry Pi 3, but we read somewhere that it is not powerful enough to run this program.
So then we figured: it should be working on a virtual machine as well. On Windows you can install VMWare Workstation for free and let it run on a Linux installation. In actual fact you create an extra PC environment, which runs on Windows like any other program.
So for a Windows device these are the following steps:
- VMWare Workstation installment.
- Install Linux OS. We chose Ubuntu, which can be downloaded for free.
- Here you install TVHeadend
Once done so, you surf to tvheadend through your browser. The configuration is a bit tricky at first. You will need to add several things, like a network (iptv), muxes (link to channel). Of this mux the software will make a service. This service will become a channel. This channel is necessary to set a recording. Then you can configure recording-location and codecs. If kept default, it will record on your virtual machine, along with the right codec. Here too it will be stored in a *.ts file.
And again, the exact same quality as the source!
Furthermore you can record directly to your NAS. For doing so you need to add a mount in Linux. Do pay attention to the rights. Once it is all in place, it will work fine as well.
All together a good and free solution, working fine from within a virtual machine. It just takes some more time and effort to configure it all correctly. But then again, some Linux experience is never a waist.
A tip from a customer learned that there is a modern recorder. It can be compared to the video recorder of the old days. It is a small box and connects with HDMI. It can play anything you record on your TV onto for instance a flash drive or SD-card.
It is called the HDML Cloner Box and our customer is presently testing it. As we understood the first tests were quite positive.
Further information can be found at http://cloner-alliance.com/
There is also the PRO version.