So by now you’ve probably got yourselves pretty familiar with XBMC and all it has to offer, and realised its finally time to cut the cord with overpriced cable, Sky and Virgin TV providers, who – let’s face it, charge the Earth each month for repetitive and limited content.
Thanks to numerous guys within the XBMC community,there is now the option to stream all your favorite premium TV channels from the UK and Aboard, all in one place. It’s fast and reliable (as reliable as it can be, given that content can sometimes does go down, but it’s soon quickly rectified by those who maintain the lists) and has more than 300 staggering channels ranging from Sports, Movies, Entertainment, Music, and Radio channels.
The only requirement needed is an XBMC build 12.3 and above.
So how do you get your hands on yet another package of goodness and the gift that just keeps on giving? Thanks to Vdubt25 who is part of the Istream Community, he has created a unique URL that is compatible with the Live TV section on the XBMC homepage (once it has been enabled).
Watch the video below but instead of the URL mentioned please make sure you replace it with Http://xty.me/vdubt25
This video is an overview of what an HDHomerun Prime can do for you. I talk about the initial setup, what you need to have to get it to work, and show you how you can use it to watch TV on Windows Media Center and XBMC.
WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER
Setup on WMC is super easy; once you have configured the HDHomerun and scanned for channels, just open WMC and do the first time setup. Media Center will do the rest for you, and after downloading and installing a few more programs you will be up and running. Recording TV is also super easy.
Everyone’s favorite open source media center is a little bit more tricky. First of all the recent 12.1 upgrade to XBMC broke the UPNP support that Silicondust just patched into the Homerun firmware. Secondly, if you want to use XBMC to record or watch live tv using the funcionality added in Frodo you will need to install another piece of software that will interact with the Homerun on XBMC’s behalf. We will call this software the recording backend. Then you need to configure a plugin on XBMC to interact with the recording backend. Sounds complicated? It is a little bit, but there is various different software out there that can get this accomplished for you. I am hoping to cover that next.
I really love my Homerun. Being able to watch TV in high def on any of my computers in the house is very convenient, and you can even install the Homerun software on a laptop and watch TV that way without having to have a TV tuner in the laptop.
As far as recording and watching from within XBMC, it is still a little bit clunky at this point in time, but I am sure now that this support has been rolled into the main branch of XBMC it will steadily improve over the next couple of version.