tvheadend... anybody?

Discussion in 'Other HTPC Applications' started by Ruud, December 5, 2009.

  1. Ruud
    • Premium Supporter

    Ruud MP Donator

    Joined:
    December 5, 2004
    Messages:
    276
    Likes Received:
    6
    Ratings:
    +6 / 0
    Home Country:
    Netherlands Netherlands
    Hi,

    as a long time user of MediaPortal and a 'lover' of open source mindset, I always have mixed feelings when using MP because it runs on MS Windows. In fact my HTPC's en TVServer are the only Windows machines in the house, the rest runs on Ubuntu.



    I know there are alternatives to MP in the linux world but as stated: I love MP!

    recently I came across this: tvheadend, a Linux-based 'TV server' and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with it.

    Could this be my ride to have finally a linux based server (my tv server is also used for mail / web / etc.)?

    Looking forward to any experiences with tvheadend and possible integration in MP client!

    Regards,
    Ruud.
     
  2. Google AdSense Guest Advertisement



    to hide all adverts.
  3. MrAP

    MrAP New Member

    Joined:
    September 19, 2008
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Home Country:
    Sweden Sweden
    Hi!
    Tvheadend is the most easy and quick setup that I have ever tried!!! Even with scrambled channels. I use the XBMC to play the live tv and tv recordings.
    Just install it and go to the web interface and do some settings for yor tv card, search for channels and thats it. You will be up and running in 5 minutes even with the scrambled channels if you have a running cs.
    This is how a TV server should work....

    Hopefully it will be integrated so that MP can be a client to it?
     
  4. Lehmden
    • Team MediaPortal

    Lehmden Retired Team Member

    Joined:
    December 17, 2010
    Messages:
    11,834
    Likes Received:
    2,145
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Lehmden
    Ratings:
    +3,613 / 28
    Home Country:
    Germany Germany
    Show System Specs
    Hi.
    Where the hell ist this setup quick and easy???? TVHeadend Stetup is way to complicated. You need to adjust network, channels, broadcast and lots of other stuff... The devs of TVheadend also uses terms not known outside the TVHeadend community. I simply can't read and understand what most of the options are about. Then you need to scan channels for every tuner available over and over again. On MP I only do a single channel scan once. This will be good for all tuners and for all future installations as long as the broadcast companies don't change there stations. If I do a fresh install of MP TV Server I only need 2 minutes to have all up and running again. This did not mean there is no space left for improvements in this area... TV Setup could be much more easy as it is now. This is true for all TV Server solutions available including MP.

    I've tried TVHeadend once (with an Openelec installation) and I couldn't manage to get it working in several hours (the channel Scan lasts about 2 hours solely, and this for each tuner...) Another great disadvantage is the need for a second Computer to setup TVHeadend (at least if you use OpenElec, as there is no webbrowser available on this). So I gave up. And the missing Timeshift feature is also a total NoGo atm... I think the setup needs a lot of rework before you can tell average users to have a look at TVHeadend. MythTV is way more complicated to get up and running, also it has lots of features missing on TVHeadend. So atm there is no usable TV Server solution for Linux at all...

    BTW, MediaPortal and Linux this will never be going together. MP depends on soo much stuff only available on Windows Platforms so there is no way to port this to Linux at all..

    I'm 100% sure this never will be happen. TVHeadend has no benefits to a Windows only Application like MP.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  5. toga67

    toga67 Portal Pro

    Joined:
    October 15, 2010
    Messages:
    181
    Likes Received:
    11
    Ratings:
    +11 / 0
    Home Country:
    Germany Germany
    Show System Specs
    @Lehmden, i fully agree. I also tried TVheadend and i was not able to scan all free to air channels. I only got about 30 channels on astra 19,2 but there are a few hundreds. The front end is not intuitive. For me it is unbelievable that such a "simple" application is so complicated to use.
    As far as i know timeshift is available in an beta release and the channel switching times with the frontend XBMC are very good.
     
    Last edited: March 19, 2013
  6. MrAP

    MrAP New Member

    Joined:
    September 19, 2008
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Home Country:
    Sweden Sweden
    Hi!! :)

    I only tried it for the Swedish DVB-T, but I still think it the easiest TV-server that I have tried, including MP!!
    I also like that you can use your android tab as a TV-client.
    I have never got the MP up and running i a few minutes with the same funcionallity.

    But as far as I know, I'am allowed to have my opinion....
    And I have also been running MP for some years...
     
  7. Lehmden
    • Team MediaPortal

    Lehmden Retired Team Member

    Joined:
    December 17, 2010
    Messages:
    11,834
    Likes Received:
    2,145
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Lehmden
    Ratings:
    +3,613 / 28
    Home Country:
    Germany Germany
    Show System Specs
    Sure!
    I'm really no newbie if it comes to PC and all this. I never gave up on something I really wanted to try. The first time ever this happened was at TVHeadend Setup. It's simply not usable if you have multiple SAT tuners available... This was the most complicated configuration I ever encountered since sendmail... Maybe it's a lot more easy if you only have a single DVB-T tuner... MP is always complicated the same, no matter if you have a single DVB-T or a dozen Tuners with all transmission types mixed all together...
     
  8. Duke_ivo

    Duke_ivo Portal Member

    Joined:
    June 24, 2008
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    2
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    Home Country:
    Hi,

    I'm MP user since 2008. On weekend my HTPC motherboard died and i needed fast backup, so i took RaspberryPi and set up XBMC and TVHeadend in very short time on the same RPi - not all working well as RPi has CPU limitation but as fast backup it was really good. And it has easy and understandable setup.
    Also cost performance index - RPi costs 40$ and mine dual Core Win7 HTPC ~800$ - i'm definately not in rush now to fix HTPC.

    P.S. Yes MP has gone far ahead, but if i have to remember those nights in 2008 before i got it up and running - TVHeadend was faster nowdays.
    I wish i would have MP config as easy as in XBMC - all from the the app, not to have to exit and run Config.exe.
     
  9. Edalex
    • Premium Supporter

    Edalex Community Plugin Dev

    Joined:
    January 3, 2008
    Messages:
    2,901
    Likes Received:
    709
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Saratov
    Ratings:
    +1,223 / 9
    Home Country:
    Russian Federation Russian Federation
    Show System Specs
    Did you ever look at Setting inside Mediaportal GUI?
    Since 1.3.0 they are almost the same as was in standalone config
     
  10. Duke_ivo

    Duke_ivo Portal Member

    Joined:
    June 24, 2008
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    2
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    Home Country:
    Can't anymore as mine MP crashed. But do you really can do all MP config from there ?
     
  11. Edalex
    • Premium Supporter

    Edalex Community Plugin Dev

    Joined:
    January 3, 2008
    Messages:
    2,901
    Likes Received:
    709
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Saratov
    Ratings:
    +1,223 / 9
    Home Country:
    Russian Federation Russian Federation
    Show System Specs
Loading...

Users Viewing Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 0)

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice
  • About The Project

    The vision of the MediaPortal project is to create a free open source media centre application, which supports all advanced media centre functions, and is accessible to all Windows users.

    In reaching this goal we are working every day to make sure our software is one of the best.

             

  • Support MediaPortal!

    The team works very hard to make sure the community is running the best HTPC-software. We give away MediaPortal for free but hosting and software is not for us.

    Care to support our work with a few bucks? We'd really appreciate it!