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How To Setup a PVR in Kodi

Posted by Jamie on August 22, 2018

The all-conquering Kodi really can be all things to all people. It plays movies, music, TV shows, documentaries and can even watch and record live TV. It is this last feature I’m going to discuss today as I have just installed and set up a PVR in Kodi myself so while the knowledge is fresh, it’s a good time to share it.

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.

There are two types of PVR in Kodi. The type where you connect your aerial to your computer and use live feeds or 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 works like a charm.

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 X number of channels have been loaded. You will then need to reboot Kodi to get your PVR working. Once 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 may need to filter them if you don’t speak anything else. 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 remaining. All in English.

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 and 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 those you will likely watch. There are a few Facebook groups dedicated to channel listings too.

  1. Navigate to Pastebin and use as a guest.
  2. Copy and paste all the IPTV channels you collected into Pastebin.
  3. Copy 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.

It should be:

#EXTM3U

#EXTINF:-1 Channel 1 Name

Channel URL

#EXTINF:-1 Channel 2 Name

Channel URL

A working example of an M3U file is:

#EXTM3U

#EXTINF:0,RTMP

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

#EXTINF:0,Student Live Stream

http://m4stv.inqb8r.tv/studentTV/studentTV.stream_360p/playlist.m3u8

#EXTINF:0,BipBop Sample

http://playertest.longtailvideo.com/adaptive/bipbop/bipbop.m3u8

#EXTINF:0,BigBuckBunny 2 Levels

http://184.72.239.149/vod/smil:BigBuckBunny.smil/playlist.m3u8

#EXTINF:0,HLSprovider

http://www.hlsprovider.o

(taken from XMTVplayer.com)

You can add other data to your playlist such as language, group category, any 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, purely 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 ones are a wide spread across multiple languages and interests. If you wanted to create a list only with your language and interests, this is the way to do it. You add it to Kodi as above and see how it works.

As you are obtaining the IPTV URLs from online, they won’t all work. Some will work fine while others will come and go. It pays to maintain your M3U file 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!

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