Watching live TV on a Raspberry Pi using a HDHomerun

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UPDATE: I have now got this working all on the Raspberry Pi without needing the ipad -> see this post

Getting live TV on the Raspberry Pi has eluded my so far, I have tried various ways and nothing has worked but that was until the Raspberry Pi foundation released the mpeg-2 decoder.  The HDHomerun uses mpeg-2 so thought there would be a good chance it should work on the Pi with XBMC.

So using the Raspbmc build of XBMC I added the HDHomerun video stream as a source in XBMC and to control the HDHomerun I used an app I have previously tested on the iPad called TV Streamer. The iOS app enables scanning of the channels on the HDHomerun and controlling the tuning. When you select a channel on the iPad XBMC can then pickup the stream and play it.

To get XBMC setup with a HDHomerun you need to go to videos and add a video source:

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Select a HDHomerun Device:

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Here you can see the HDHomerun tuners available on your network, I selected the first one:

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Then to play live TV via the HDHomerun from the videos selection you can select your tuner:

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Then before you select the stream you go the TV Streamer app on the iPad and pick your channel:

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Select the stream and the channel should play:

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For this to work you need to have the mpeg-2 decoder option install (see this post for details). I am sure there are other ways to go this without using the iPad but it works for me and I now have live TV on my Raspberry Pi.

 

Ian Dixon

Founder of The Digital Lifestyle.com and host of The Digital Lifestyle Show. Started podcasting in 2005, Windows Entertainment and Connected Home MVP. Lover of gadgets from the Raspberry Pi to the iPad, Android to Windows 8. Also a massive motor racing fan