Below is a guide to how watch live TV in XBMC using the HDHomerun Prime. It uses the UPnP DNLA streams output by the HDHR prime and the TV Guide plug-in for listings.
- HDHR Prime firmware version 20130328 (earlier versions don’t have the DNLA streams)
- XBMC 11.0 Eden (XBMC 12.0 Frodo appears to have problems playing the DLNA DMS streams)
I was able to do the following on both a minitower running Linux Mint 14 and my Raspberry Pi running Raspbmc. I ended up choosing to use the minitower over the RasPi, because the RasPi would not reliably play the HD streams. The issue I ran into on the RasPi was that the audio and the video would become noticeably out of sync, and I was unable to fix this issue.
Watching TV is easy: Go into videos and add the HDHR DLNA streams to your list of video sources. It should appear as HDHomeRun Live DMS [DEVICEID] under UPnP Devices.
Interactive TV guide:
- Install the TV Guide add-on under Programs (I used version 1.4.1 of the plugin by twinther)
- Find a data source for your listings (I use SchedulesDirect)
- Install xmltv-util.
Configure the listings by running:
And then grab some TV guide data:
tv_grab_na_dd --days 7 --output tv_guide.xml
Now, go to your TV Guide add-on and set the soruce to XMLTV and point it to tv_guide.xml. The problem is that your channels will all be out of order and not associated with a stream. To fix this, I used a short python script that reorders the channels in the SQLite3 database and associates each with a stream. If you want to use this script, just put it in your home folder and update base_stream_url to point to the base stream URL for your HDHR: