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Help me set up Kodi/NextPVR on my HTPC please

10,594 1,820 October 8, 2017 at 06:33 PM
Just got my HTPC up and running. Instead of running Windows 7, I wanted to try Windows 10 and using Kodi + NextPVR (I've also heard of MythTV so if that one is better please provide your input. Or even another option)

I installed the latest Kodi and then selected the NextPVR add-on. When I go to view the TV guide, it says it's preparing but sticks at 0%.

My thought is that maybe it's a port forwarding issue (it's been years since I've dealt with port forwarding). My router runs OpenWRT. When I try and find a guide of how to port forward, I get a link that is more geared toward coding rather than using the browser interface. So can someone point me in the direction of how to forward a port which might help my situation?
For security purposes, is it better to change the default port provided? I figure if someone were to want to exploit a lot of computers, they would try and get through a known popular port right? So if everyone is forwarding the same port, this would be an easy in? (Maybe my thinking is way off on how this stuff works)

I see on NextPVR's website I can download the program. Is that required to do before the Kodi add-on will even work? I have only installed Kodi and then enabled the add-on thinking that's how it worked.

My tuner is an HD Homerun Prime so is it possible I need to set up something on the computer before NextPVR will even work?

Thanks for any help

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You need to install NextPVR. The Kodi addon just acts as the interface to the NextPVR server. You need NextPVR to do the actual recordings, download the EPG, etc.
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Alright I installed it. Now I get "Microsoft DTV-DVD Video Decoder on your machine has MPEG2 support disabled..."

When I search this problem I see suggestions on different decoders to use. One of them is FFDshow but that hasn't been updated since 2015 and says "inactive". So what should I get instead?
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You can thank Microsoft for that. It's a Windows 10 issue. Frown There's a thread about it here: https://forums.nextpvr.com/showth...rks-for-me

I've kept my HTPC at Windows 7 so that I don't have to deal with the Win 10 drama. It works, so I don't see a reason to change it. Smilie
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Here's one solution to adding decoders: https://forums.nextpvr.com/showth...50227-Saf6
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I think it's my understanding that I can't get HBO with this program? Is it just recording HBO for playback or I won't even be able to view live HBO either?

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You can thank Microsoft for that. It's a Windows 10 issue. Frown There's a thread about it here: https://forums.nextpvr.com/showth...rks-for-me

I've kept my HTPC at Windows 7 so that I don't have to deal with the Win 10 drama. It works, so I don't see a reason to change it. Smilie
Yeah I don't know why Windows got rid of one of the best features of that OS. But I'm not sure that there are proper drivers [asrock.com] for my machine (ASRock BeeBox J4205).
Do you have an experience with the "hack" to get WMC back on Windows 10. I think in another thread someone mentioned a download you can get that's pretty much an exact replica

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Here's one solution to adding decoders: https://forums.nextpvr.com/showth...50227-Saf6
I'll give this a try. I was really hoping this would be an easy process to set up. I'll probably be in here for follow up questions like getting rid of channels on the guide that aren't in my package and renaming channels (FOX instead of WTAT) and reordering channels according to channel name instead of channel number
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The costs are crazy to get a legal solution to DRM for NextPVR (or any PVR other than WMC as far as I know) to be able to record HBO or any copy-protected channel. The software has to be tested and verified by Cable Labs at a cost of around $150,000 US. EEK! Microsoft has the deep pockets for it, no one else has been able to afford it.

I am not a fan of Windows 10 and have hardly ever used WMC. Haven't subscribed to a movie channel in years. Been using NextPVR for at least 10 years, from back in the days when it was GBPVR. I give WMC a try several years ago, but preferred the UI of NextPVR. Once I got it working with Comskip, well, there was no reason to use WMC for me.

You'll find lots of help over in the NextPVR support forums. Lots of sharp people there. The author of the code is very active in there and provides better support than most huge corporations.
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The costs are crazy to get a legal solution to DRM for NextPVR (or any PVR other than WMC as far as I know) to be able to record HBO or any copy-protected channel. The software has to be tested and verified by Cable Labs at a cost of around $150,000 US. EEK! Microsoft has the deep pockets for it, no one else has been able to afford it.

I am not a fan of Windows 10 and have hardly ever used WMC. Haven't subscribed to a movie channel in years. Been using NextPVR for at least 10 years, from back in the days when it was GBPVR. I give WMC a try several years ago, but preferred the UI of NextPVR. Once I got it working with Comskip, well, there was no reason to use WMC for me.

You'll find lots of help over in the NextPVR support forums. Lots of sharp people there. The author of the code is very active in there and provides better support than most huge corporations.
Why do they not have a good step-by-step setup that is up to date? This has been nearly impossible to get working. Every step throws a new error at me. It's going to take me a month to actually get this working if I have to make a new post for each problem that comes up.

1) How do I only show the channels that I get?
2) How do I actually get the guide to work? I looked at their recommended grabbers for an XML and chose the only free one for USA but there is no XML file within it. There is an exe file which runs something for half a second then disappears but I don't see where it altered anything. All of the readme and instructions make it look like I have to manually write scripts and program the sh!t myself. If that's the case, why even bother with this program?
3) Bulk Map is f@cking pointless. I select it, change the EPG, click OKAY, and when it goes back to the other screen nothing is actually saved.
4) the OTA EPG just keeps going through a countdown. It has counted down from 60 to 1 seven times now and nothing happens. This seems like a giant prank
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