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Introducing the new Live TV for Emby (and Emby Server Beta 3.0.5713)

Posted by Luke , 22 August 2015 · 40118 views

A new beta server is currently going out and now includes built-in Live TV support, improved performance, and many other enhancements.

Now Supporting your HD Homerun Tuner, No External Software Needed

As you know we really enjoy Live TV here at Emby, but with our support previously dependent on external software, we know that it hasn't always been easy to get up and running. Today, we're pleased to bring you built-in Live TV support that does not require any additional software. Let's go over how it works.

Note: The EmbyTV plugin is now obsolete and has been removed from our plugin listings. Users with EmbyTV installed should uninstall it and switch to the built-in version.

Automatic Discovery of your HD Homerun Tuner on Your Network

The startup wizard makes this very simple for you. In most cases, we'll be able to discover your tuner devices. If not, then you can easily enter the IP Address of the device.

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M3U playlists are also supported as a tuner source.

Easy Guide Data

Currently we have one source, and that is Schedules Direct, but we plan to add more sources for additional countries in the future. We'd also like to support Xml TV data. Setup is very easy. Just enter your info and you're good to go.

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Your DVR Has Never Been Easier, Never Looked Better

We think this screen speaks for itself. Rich metadata displays make it very easy to find something you'd like to watch, or record.
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Enjoy Live TV on Any Device

Whether it's Android for smart phones, tablets, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Windows Tablets, Windows Phone, Roku or a web browser, Emby has you covered. Stay tuned for iOS support as well as the new Emby Theater!

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Our complete list of apps is available at:


Automatic Tuner Pooling

If you have multiple tuner devices, great! Emby will automatically group them into one virtual channel grid, and will appropriately delegate streaming in order to prevent conflicts from multiple clients.

Supports HD Homerun Transcoding

If you have an HD Homerun that supports H264 transcoding, Emby will take advantage of it whenever possible in order to offload transcoding and preserve resources on your server machine.

Unrivaled Parental Controls

Would you like to limit the programs and channels your children can access? It's easy, and it's nearly automatic. When you set a max parental rating for your users, they will not even be able to see restricted programs in their TV Guide.

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To block entire channels, you can set your own parental ratings for certain channels, or you can use the block by tags feature.

To learn more about Emby parental controls, visit https://github.com/M...rental controls

Stay Informed with Suggestions

Whether you like movies, sports, or just want to find something for your kids, Emby can help you find what you're looking for:

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Seamless Integration with other Emby Features

This is the fun part you'll enjoy most. Other Emby features that are designed for your media library are also accessible from Live TV. Just to name a few:

Mobile Sync and Cloud Sync:

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User Data Cross-Over

Your likes and watch states are now transferable from Live TV movies to movies in your media library. We plan to soon bring the same features to TV series, allowing you to blend data from every possible source into one seamless experience. Only on Emby.

More Live TV to Come

We wanted to get a beta out to let you all start playing with it, but there are plenty of enhancements already in our minds, such as:
  • Manual conflict management (currently Emby will try to automatically resolve recording conflicts)
  • On the fly conversion of recordings into streaming-friendly formats
  • More in-video features to quickly change channels
New and Improved Search

Live TV and internet channel content are now searchable!

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Repeat Mode

Now you can toggle repeat mode using the now playing bar. It allows you to quickly change between Repeat None, Repeat All, and Repeat One. Not only is this supported by the local player, but also when remote controlling other players that have added support for it.

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Play a Slide Show while you listen
The next time you play a song, head over to the now playing screen. There's a new button that will allow you to launch a photo or movie backdrop slideshow that will play and transition between images while your media is playing in the background. It's a perfect time to put family photos up on the screen with your favorite songs playing in the background.

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Much Cleaner Detail Screens

We think you'll agree. Detail screens are easier to read and focus on the things you love most.

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Taglines are Back in Style

We really haven't used them in a while due to the number of metadata features we have. But they add a nice touch to your movie screens, we just felt we had to bring them back.

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New Voice Commands Added

You can now switch devices as well as toggle display mirroring. Just speak the following out loud:
  • Control [device name]
  • Enable/Disable/Toggle display mirror
Other Changes and Fixes
  • Fixed people getting lost when local metadata saving is not enabled
  • Sym links not working on certain Linux distros
  • Music artist screens now display similar Artists
  • Fix live tv stream closing on Roku
  • Fix Portugese with open subtitles
  • Dlna special views use series images for better episode identification
  • Fixed Chromecast Live TV playback
  • Movie ratings not respecting language settings
  • Single quotes in subtitle file names causing transcoding failures
  • Mobile sync for apps will now prevent duplicate synced items
  • Fixed roboto font url
  • Updated to ffmpeg 2.7
Existing Feature Changes

As we add new features, we constantly have to re-evaluate and look for ways to ensure the system continues to perform well and is easy to use. So to that end, here are a few changes that we've made:
  • Support for MB2-style shortcuts has been deprecated in order to improve performance. They are still supported for boxsets, but if you need them elsewhere you will have to set a hidden config setting, EnableWindowsShortcuts.
  • The internet channel content downloading feature has been moved to a plugin. All features are still available, it's just in a plugin now.
  • For fresh new installs of the server, there will only be one supported metadata saving format per content type. If you need xml saving it is being moved to a plugin. Please note - the feature remains in the core server code for existing server installations. That means your existing install won't be disrupted at all. But the next time you install from scratch, you'll need the plugin if you want the alternative formats. Also, this doesn't affect xml reading, as we want the core server to be able read as many formats as possible to make it easy for new users to get up and running.

  • swhitmore, Xzener, jasonmcroy and 8 others like this

Wow wow wow, now I can upgrade to Windows 10... I was not happy with any other Live tv programs including, next pvr, kodi, and media portal.


thank you, I will test right away!!!!

Looks great Luke!

Mine attempted an update and failed, now the exe is no longer there for the server.  i checked the logs and it shows that it renamed a folder.old, but I cannot find it to restore it.  Will I have to reinstall the server again?

What is the server default recording path? I see the option to change it, but it would be nice to know where it would default to so I don't accidentally fill the system drive up if I'm just experimenting with it.

Aug 23 2015 01:14 AM

Holy crap that is a lot of power! Nice job Luke.

Great news! Can't wait for xmltv support, there are no usefull guideservices available in Holland so xmltv is the only option. Thanks for each and every brilliant update!

So Schedules Direct as provider doesn't work if you have external PVR service? Darn :(

Wow this is really great. This looks sleek as f*! Congrats all the way

Does this support encrypted channels?  To really replace Media Center, need support for encrypted channels.  Which I'm guessing is not possible currently.

If we could only get Direct stream or direct play to work on live TV in the Emby ATV app this would be perfect!


Is this going to be enabled as a Kodi PVR backend?   (or is it already?)

I gave this a try. When you say we should uninstall the Emby TV plugin, do you mean uninstall the plugin like ServerWMC? Without ServeWMC installed it cannot find mt HDHomeruns. It gives me an error saying there was an error saving the TV provider. Please make sure it is accessible and try again, even after I put in the IP address. Something I need to enable through my firewall maybe? Maybe change the  compatibility mode in the tuner settings?

Well done to the entire team!  This release has been very stable and the new screens look great (much less clutter).  I was able to register my HDHomerunPrime and keep my WMC guide which is free.

It would be nice if under the channels, it would show the current title of what is showing...



Aug 23 2015 05:23 PM
good work!

Any plans to interface with Ceton tuners?

    • DrJekle, jhevener and nwsurfer like this

I am wondering if my problem is that I am using older models of the HDHomeruns HDHR3-US. I am currently doing a fresh install of Windows 10 and going to try the new server on there. I have been fighting all afternoon trying to get the program guide to download in Windows 8.1 WMC and just recently came across this thread

http://emby.media/co...sues-must-read/ I have installed 8.1 twice on this new build and finally said heck with it, I'll give the new Emby server a try on windows 10. Will report back in a little while....


Well, Installed windows 10, couldn't get new server to recognize my HDHR3-US and I also couldn't get it to set up any libraries so I went back to 8.1 MCE. I was debating upgrading my HDHR but when I couldn't get any of my libraries working either I decided against it.


Following the link in the other thread I posted, I was able to get the guide working in WMC with no problem, was a little confusing at first, but got through it with no issues :)

I am going to keep my eyes open for the newer models of the HDHomeruns to go on sale!

I have dual usb tuners running with next pvr windows 10.

How do I add these tuners under your new server, it only brings up hd homerun?





    • SwedishViking2 likes this

Does this support encrypted channels?  To really replace Media Center, need support for encrypted channels.  Which I'm guessing is not possible currently.

Actually, it works fine with the copy-protected channels that normally only WMC would tune. I tried it out with my HDHomeRun prime when it was still just the plugin earlier this month and was amazed that it could tune every channel that even the HDHomeRun View app wouldn't touch.

Mine attempted an update and failed, now the exe is no longer there for the server.  i checked the logs and it shows that it renamed a folder.old, but I cannot find it to restore it.  Will I have to reinstall the server again?


Do you have an anti-virus? If I had to guess, maybe it quarantined the exe after the update due to a false positive.

Is this version available for linux? If so, how do I install the beta version?

Awesome work guys. This is really great. I am looking to move to windows 10 and this is perfect timing. Unfortunately I am in Australia and schedulesdirect is not supported.

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