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Record IPTV Channels on Android TV's Live Channels App

by Ali Hussan Ahmed




If you have an Android TV and you use IPTV services, this app is a must-have. It essentially allows you to use your IPTV channels with the Android TV Live Channels app.

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Most IPTV services give you a catch-up service but are flaky at best, why would you want to use that, when you can record what you want and when you want with PVR Live?

Player Controls

Once you've recorded all the content that you could possibly want to watch, PVR Live lets you use Google's interface that helps you navigate your recordings. It will tell you the full schedule of what's about to record and what you've already recorded.

Once you choose a recording that you want to watch, you'll be greeted with the recording player made by Google. You can fast forward, rewind and pause, so you can skip those adverts if you don't want to watch them.
There are some features lacking here, but it may get updated in the next version of Android TV. Who knows when but, Google will update it when they see fit.

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So you've got the same player controls with some added extras for live TV. You can pause live TV and rewind it if you miss something, and you can also record something if you want to watch it later on.

Google Assistant

The Google Assistant is another reason why you should check out PVR Live.
It allows deep integration with Google Assistant. Essentially, you search for anything you want to watch and see if it's playing live on IPTV.
This will save you loads of time, instead of strolling through the massive IPTV list to find something you want to watch, you can quickly search for something and there you go you found it available on live channels. Let's watch it, shall we? It's as easy as that.




Home Screen

PVR Live makes it easy to watch all your recordings because it's available right there on the home screen ready to watch. So no longer will you need to dig through the App.

New Features for PVR Live

There's an added extra where you can jump straight into your recent channels from the home screen. So if you usually watch the same channel over and over, you no longer need to dig through the app anymore, just jump straight to it from the home screen.

Local Playlists

This is one of the most wanted features for PVR Live. Linus the developer, has been helpful enough to add a new feature that allows you to add your own local playlists. There are a few reasons why you would want to use a local playlist, I'll show you exactly how you can use this new feature to set up your own categories.

Linus has also added the ability to choose multiple categories, so you don't have to import the whole IPTV playlist you can choose which categories/groups you actually want to import.

Multiple Playlists

Here's another frequently requested feature, you can now add multiple playlists so all of you out there that have multiple IPTV providers, you can add them all into PVR Live right now. This feature isn't limited to IPTV, you can also add something like TVHeadend or TVMosaic as well.

Picture in Picture

I didn't tell you about this feature before but it's worth noting you can watch a TV channel and then put it into PIP (picture and picture mode), and that will then allow you to do anything else whilst watching that TV channel. you can, for instance, play a game like Crossy Roads or you can do something like changing the settings and you won't miss out on anything you are watching.
The only downside to this, for now, is that you can't watch another video while in PIP mode this kind of sucks, but maybe that'll change in the future.




Categories for PVR Live

IPTV is getting more unreliable as the days pass, look at helix as an example, they apparently got hacked and then everyone had to find a new provider, do yourself a favour and get multiple backups.

By now you're probably thinking how the hell do I get categories on PVR Live well there's not a real easy answer for that except for getting a better IPTV provider the reason for that is most IPTV providers have EPG guides (TV Guides), they will tell PVR Live what category of TV show or Movie is currently broadcasting. Not all IPTV providers provide that information, so I've been looking and looking for a better IPTV provider after Helix got shut down.

Iconic Streams

I found one finally, Iconic IPTV is the one I suggest you try, so far it works pretty well with PVR Live, the only thing it's lacking is logos for all channels. I'm sure they’ll get that fixed soon. Most of the UK channels have Logos, but most of the American channels don't.
I'll provide affiliate links in the article, you don't have to use the affiliate link but it will help this Website if you do. Video on demand isn't currently available on Iconic Streams until further notice.

Iconic Streams does a really good job with providing categories on PVR Live, but it's not perfect so if you want a full category list like what I’ve created, then you're gonna have to follow this guide, it's not free so if you don't want to pay I'll provide links to my premade playlist in this article.
Navigate to Xtreme-Editor create a user account and then subscribe, it cost around 12 euros a year and that gives you up to five playlists that you can create. Once you signed in and you subscribe, you can add a ‘list’ which is a playlist, give it a title and then input your M3U Playlist link this is what you get from your IPTV provider in an email.
Input the EPG URL as well, once your list is created, your channels and groups will be imported from your IPTV provider.

You will need to create the following groups:

  • ARTS
  • NEWS

PVR Live needs these order to categorize your channels, essentially what you need to do now is move all the channels into the relevant category, so, for instance, move a travel channel into the travel category.
You can select multiple channels at once and then move them into the category, all you need to do now is click on the category that you want to move, then click on the left arrow button at the top right. This whole process can take a very long time to do, especially if your IPTV playlist has loads of channels, but once you're in your element, you can get them done in a breeze.

If you're happy with the playlist, go back to the homepage and then you'll see a little information icon next to the Playlist that you created, You’ll find the new M3U playlist and EPG URL, that PVR Live requires.

Pre-edited M3U Playlist For Categories

One last thing line is set up a subreddit for PVR Live, make sure you join, it is a growing community everyone can ask questions, request new features and get support so if you need help make sure you create a post on here and then someone in the community will get back to you.




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About the Author

Ali Hussan Ahmed

Ali has a passion for Great Technology and appreciates well laid out Design which has Functionality that blends well. He is a Network Engineer and dabbles in Web Development in his spare time.

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