[mythtv-users] Recording from an IPTV source

Jan Ceuleers jan.ceuleers at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 18:41:42 UTC 2022

Dear list,

At the moment I am using PVRUSB2 devices to record content that is only
available through set-top boxes (whereas I use a HDHR to record content
that is available unencrypted on the cable). I would like to migrate
away from the PVRUSB2 devices, towards using HDMI-to-IPTV encoders.

I have read the following article on the wiki:


and consider it to be very convoluted (not to mention the fact that the
HDMI capture devices I have at my disposal generate H.264 encapsulated
in MPEG TS over UDP, which is different from the assumptions made in
that article). For example it seems to me that the use of a .m3u file
makes the data schema overly complex, since channel information
unnecessarily lives in multiple places.

So does anyone here have recommendations for how to do this more simply
(or in fact at all, since my IPTV signal isn't transported over HTTP)? I
would like the backend to either accept the video/audio stream straight
from the network, or alternatively from a pipe. Probably the pipe is the
more realistic option because I will probably need ffmpeg to first
massage the signal into a form that the frontend can play back.

I would also need a hook for a channel changing script so that I can
tell the STB what channel to tune to.

Many thanks, Jan

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