XBMC on the Raspberry Pi gets better and better. With the latest build of Raspbmc you can use the Pi as a PVR,  it will work the TVHeadend, MythTV, yaVDR and MediaPortal so you will be able to schedule recordings and watch TV on your Raspberry Pi.

This build also has the option to get the latest nightly build of XBMC which has new features and bug fixes so you have the option of using the latest nightly build or the more stable older version.

Also included in the new build is the ability to enter your mpeg-2 and vc-1 decoder licence keys.

Using the licences keys and Raspbmc I got HDHomerun live TV working with the Pi so this is another great feature.

Details from the raspbmc blog:

What does PVR offer?

  • You can view your TV schedule, watch TV channels and schedule recordings.
  • Works with TVHeadend backend, MythTV, yaVDR, MediaPortal and will soon work with ForTheRecord
  • Works with IPTV / DVB-T (known as Freeview in the UK), and DVB-S (satellite), and in some regions DVB-C (cable).

This means you can now watch live TV on any Pi from a single antenna / dish / cable connection.

Easy codec installation

Now it’s easier than ever to enter your license keys you got from the foundation as you can do it right from the Raspbmc Settings addon.

New XBMC release

This PVR functionality is now available in the form of a new XBMC update. This update brings bug fixes and enhancements as well. To get this functionality, you need to install it from the Nightly build list in the Raspbmc Settings addon. It’s being kept separate from the standard XBMC Raspbmc offers for reasons of stability and maintainability.

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