Record Live Tv

Discussion in 'Apple TV Apps' started by ILowry82, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. ILowry82 macrumors regular

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    is there a way to record live TV on the Apple TV? I do have Kodi installed and I can get an HD Homerun tuner. I use an antenna to get OTA channels and currently use a TiVo. I'm looking to see if I can eliminate the TiVo all together with some combination of the HD Homerun and Kodi
     
  2. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    The Channels App on Apple TV is great for Live TV and for limited Pause/FF/REW. It has a 2gb buffer or about 30 minutes.

    Their seems to be a number of OTA DVR Solutions like the TabloTV which may be available sooner then the Silicondust DVR. But if you have a little time to wait I would really look at that. The BETA from Silicondust is what I plan to use (actually using, but it is painful). Channels is working on an interface to it so it "will be" a very nice integrated solution at some point (not even in beta yet). But in any case you could start using the Channels App today for Live TV.
     
  3. ILowry82 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does the DVR function in the silicone dust beta work on Apple TV?
     
  4. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    This is how I use the SiliconDust "HDHomeRun DVR - Beta" with my Apple TV while waiting for the Channels Integrated Solution.

    1. I run the DVR Server on a WDMyCloud NAS. Could also be run on a Mac or Windows Machine or others to do the recordings.

    2. The Mac Client does not interface with the DVR so you have to use a Kodi App + the HDHomeRun Plug in to "manage" the recordings. They have announced an upgrade to the Mac Client to removed the need for Kodi but not yet. But in any case that would be limited. They also have a Windows 10 Client which seem to be pretty far along but I do not use Windows.

    3. #1,2 does a "pretty" good job creating the recordings. Which can be played back with multiple options.

    4. I use the MrMC (kodi) App on the Apple TV 4 to playback the Recordings created on the DVR Server via a SMB Share.

    Again, the Channels App will replace #2 and #4 above. I am assuming it will be very nice because the Live TV App is the best I have seen. Worth checking out at "getchannels.com".

    If you are a Android Person there are other options as well.

    The idea behind the Silicondust DVR is that it runs on a number of server options. I like the NAS Option (and it supports many NAS Type Devices) so that I can use the Apple TV as my only box connect to all 8 of my TV's. And others can use their Server and Client of Choice.
     
  5. Rigby macrumors 601

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    If Silicon Dust release an HDHomerun DVR app for Apple TV, it will very likely be a player app only (and the developers of Channels have also said that they are working with SD on playback of HDHomerun DVR recordings). So no, you will probably not be able to record directly on the Apple TV. Given the small amount of memory on the Apple TV, it wouldn't hold more than a few hours of HD video anyway. You might be better off setting up a NAS or small server if you don't want to keep the Tivo.
     
  6. ILowry82 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Through this post and emailing Silicone Dust, I have decided to use Kodi. Does anyone have experience with that? What kind of hard drive do I need? I was looking at the Seagate Cloud Drive since it lays flat and not tall like a tower. Would that one be good?
     
  7. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    Are you looking for a NAS Device or are you looking for an attached drive? If attached, what do you plan to attach it to?

    If NAS, I recommend you look at the WDMyCloud because that is what they publicly support and it what they were selling as part of the Kickstarter Program. This might be easier for you if you have little experience with this. However, they claim to support most current NAS Devices. I am not familiar with the Seagate Cloud. The WDMyCloud is TALL but not very big. I personally went with it.

    Not sure you know but you have to sign up for the DVR Beta via the Kickstarter and the cost is $60. It includes 1 year of Guide Data once the Beta is complete (that is my understanding).

    Kodi is the Client Part. So depends on which Client Device you use but I think the UI is pretty much the same on all devices. I currently use it on a Mac Mini to manage my recordings. But looking forward to the day I can remove it. Others may like it more. It is uses a lot for other reasons. I do also use it on the Apple TV (called MrMC) to play back recordings. But plan to switch to the Channels App once they add support for the DVR Recordings.
     
  8. ILowry82 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I've found a solution that works pretty well running the DVR on my surface with a WD My Cloud for storage. What I would like to do is access the recorded files using my iphone and airplay them to my TV. However the files are recorded in .mpg format. I need to fine one of two things either
    1) Find an app that will play the .mpg for ios. VLC plays the video but won't play the audio or
    2) Find an ios app that will convert the file to .mp4
     
  9. DebbieFL33 macrumors regular

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    NPlayer and Infuse Pro both play on iOS and will airplay to ATV. The app price includes license fee for AC3 audio.
     
  10. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    Do you not have the Apple TV 4? With the ATV 4 there are Apps for it to play your recordings so no need to use AirPlay.
     
  11. ILowry82 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I got Infuse Pro. Works perfect!
     
  12. DebbieFL33 macrumors regular

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    Buying Infuse Pro on iOS also entitles you to Infuse Pro on ATV4, when/if you get one. Infuse is one of the better native players on the ATV4. Works great with mpg files from DVR, recorded on your WDMyCloud.
     

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