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Kodi DVB and PVR Support on Android (Rockchip RK3288)

XBMC/Kodi for Android has come a long way, but it’s still missing some features of Kodi Linux, such as Live TV (DVB) and  video recording (PVR) function that so far could only be supported in Linux port of Kodi such as OpenELEC linux distributions, simply because PVR backends such as TVHeadend were not available for Android.

Kodi_Tvheadend

So what’s TVheadend is exactly and what features does it bring? It’s an open source TV streaming PVR backend software application for Linux supporting DVB-S/S2, DVB-C, DVB-T/T2, ATSC, IPTV (UDP/HTTP), and Analog video (V4L) as input sources. Version 3.4 also adds support for time-shifting.

Now the good news is that Freaktab user’s Taki has posted instructions to install TVHeadend server for RK3288. So if you have a compatible USB Tuner, you should be able to watch live TV on your Rockchip RK3288 based TV box. After the server is installed, you’d also need to  install TVHeadend PVR client addon, and complete the installation with some extra configuration steps. This was tested at least in SPMC with a Tronsmart Orion R28 with IT9135 DVB-T tuner. I’ve also found a thread about RK3188 support.

Thanks to Harley for the tip.

  1. Harley
    January 28th, 2015 at 18:02 | #1
  2. Harley
    January 28th, 2015 at 20:32 | #2

    Ah, more progress: WeTek have now also released a port of Tvheadend for Android tested on Amlogic

    http://www.wetekforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=350

    For owners of their WeTek Play even more intereasting is an Android 5.0 (Lollipop) image with DVBAPI support to enable run apps like Tvheadend, including DVB drivers and use those from WeTek Play’s OpenELEC builds of Linux.

    • Athar
      January 31st, 2017 at 02:49 | #3

      @Harley

      The link has disappeared 🙁

      Do you have any TVH port for Android updates, e.g., for S905x or RK32**?

      The Kodi wiki says no official Android ports yet for any listed PVR backends, but maybe there are specific working ports ?

  3. ankhman
    January 28th, 2015 at 22:59 | #4

    Any chance we could get this to work with ATSC (North America)?

  4. ankhman
    January 28th, 2015 at 23:00 | #5

    Oops.. Now saw in the article is support ATSC.. My bad!

  5. Ben
    July 16th, 2015 at 13:12 | #6

    Could you post rk3288 dvb modules, please?

  1. January 28th, 2015 at 19:29 | #1