xbmc pvr in ports

Juergen Lock nox at jelal.kn-bremen.de
Wed Dec 7 17:37:31 UTC 2011

Btw I now have updated xbmc-addon-xvdr and vdr-plugin-xvdr to the
0.9.5 releases:



In article <20111207011512.fad24b92.torfinn.ingolfsen at broadpark.no> you write:
>On Tue, 06 Dec 2011 21:39:47 +0100 (CET)
>Juergen Lock <nox at jelal.kn-bremen.de> wrote:
>> Yeah, it basically adds support for accessing pvr software like vdr
>> (via external plugins), mythtv, tvheadend (tvheadend hasn't been
>> ported yet but can still be accessed from a linux box over the
>> network.)  So you get things like a main menu entry called `Live
>> TV', etc.  (And switching channels btw is faster than with say
>> vdr-sxfe too, especially for hd channels.)
>Thanks for explaing.
>>  Oh and I'm still looking for mythtv testers... :)
>Well, will it work with a really old MythTV backend? I still run MythTV 0.20 (0.20.20060828-3, schema version 1158) on a FreeBSD 6.4 machine
>(because I haven't been able to make newer versions of MythTV work with my PVR-500 tuner card).
 It seems to be using the mythxml api, I don't really know how much
that has changed between 0.20 and 0.24.1, but maybe you are lucky...

>How do I test it? Is it as simple as adding your patch to multimedia/xbmc?

 There is some imcomplete documentation at the xbmc wiki:


 And some general xbmc documentation:


 I think basically after installing xbmc-pvr you can start it, go into
system -> settings -> add-ons -> installed add-ons -> pvr clients,
select mythtv pvr client, go into Configure there, put in your
mythtv backend ip etc, and then set `Enabled.'  After that go in
system -> settings -> live tv -> general, and set `Enabled' there
too.  I think then if all goes well it should import your channels,
epg etc and after is finished you can try `Live TV' in the main
menu.  (It's possible you have to restart xbmc once in between
there, IIRC that happened to me at least once...)

 You enter/leave the menu with Tab, go back one step with Backspace,
select with Return, and navigate using the arrow keys.  To exit
xbmc hit `s' (for shutdown) and then select `Exit', a list of keys
is here:


 If you have a recent enough nvidia gfx card that knows vdpau
(a list is here:


and you can also use the multimedia/vdpauinfo port to check),
you can (re-)build ffmpeg and xbmc pvr with the VDPAU knobs enabled
and then enable vdpau under system -> settings -> video -> playback
for on-gpu video decoding, i.e. to reduce main cpu load.

 Good luck! :)

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