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

Posted by Luke , 22 August 2015 · 32850 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:

http://emby.media/download/

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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Suggestions:

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Auto-Organize:

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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.


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Nice to know that they have OTA listings - it wasn't clear from their website. But, I'm not willing to pay more money for something I've already paid for. I'd suggest a plug in to harvest TV listings from WMC when it's running on the same as the Emby server. If not, then I guess Emby Live TV won't have a TV listing in this house. If it doesn't function without a membership to a third party, I guess there wont be LiveTV here either. With respect, I dont think you can realistically expect people to continually shell out. This is indeed a dark day for Emby.

 

You can accomplish that using the server wmc plugin. 

You can accomplish that using the server wmc plugin. 

 

Hi Luke, sorry but I'm a bit confused now.  How does the Server WMC plugin relate to the new LiveTV being built into Emby?  I thought that moving forward the plan was to disable plugins for LiveTV? Thus removing the functionality of ServerWMC and thus the TV listing and streams. I'd appreciate if you could take a moment to explain :-)

Hi Luke, sorry but I'm a bit confused now.  How does the Server WMC plugin relate to the new LiveTV being built into Emby?  I thought that moving forward the plan was to disable plugins for LiveTV? Thus removing the functionality of ServerWMC and thus the TV listing and streams. I'd appreciate if you could take a moment to explain :-)

 

We're not getting rid of the plugins. The plugins are still available for you to use if you wish. What we're trying to do with the built in live tv is take it a step further with very simple setup, and remove the to rely on external software such as server wmc or windows media center. You can choose whichever path you prefer. The built-in version will have the benefit of development and testing from the core Emby team, and you won't have setup anything else. Or, you can install one of the plugins and go that route.

We're not getting rid of the plugins. The plugins are still available for you to use if you wish. What we're trying to do with the built in live tv is take it a step further with very simple setup, and remove the to rely on external software such as server wmc or windows media center. You can choose whichever path you prefer. The built-in version will have the benefit of development and testing from the core Emby team, and you won't have setup anything else. Or, you can install one of the plugins and go that route.

 

Thank you Luke. I appreciate your taking the time to explain that. I now understand more and it sounds like I can continue to use the LiveTV functionality. Smile!

This sounds awesome, but I need a little clarification.  I'm in the US, currently running WMC with the ServerWMC plugin for live TV on a Windows PC, HDHR Prime with a cablecard for tuners.  Just to make sure I'm clear, I have 2 questions:

 

1.  With this beta I should be able to ditch WMC and the ServerWMC plugin and still be able to view/record encrypted copy-once channels - yes or no?

2.  Does Emby Theater work with the new beta (incl. encrypted copy once channels), or would I need to use a web browser on a Windows machine?

 

Thanks for the excellent work!!!

I didn't see any followup to another poster's question about the HDHR3-US HDHomerun dual tuner box.   Should this work with this new service in Emby?     I don't really watch OTA enough to warrant a new tuner but if what I have won't work with this Live TV service, that might be worth it.   Just need to know if I should stop trying to make it work!   :-)

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I haven't gotten the Emby update yet. Is it going out little by little, or should I have gotten it already?

I didn't see any followup to another poster's question about the HDHR3-US HDHomerun dual tuner box.   Should this work with this new service in Emby?     I don't really watch OTA enough to warrant a new tuner but if what I have won't work with this Live TV service, that might be worth it.   Just need to know if I should stop trying to make it work!   :-)

 

I'm in the same boat, do you have any guidance for us unlucky old-timers?

I'm in the same boat, do you have any guidance for us unlucky old-timers?

 

You need an HDHR model that supports the DLNA features. That model isn't' one of them. But pretty much all of the new models have it.

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!!!!

I still wouldn't switch to Windows 10, even if 10 had Windows Media Center I wouldn't switch.  For me, I simply lose to many other things that previous builds had.  Plus, the app store is worse than ever.

 

10 is out, however Emby TV looks very promising.  I stopped using Emby, a while back (just to many things not quite right), perhaps I may give it another go.  Says, it has a better guide, that was one of my issues, I wanted a larger guide, that I didn't have select 1-50, or 1-100 etc.

Is it true that a premium membership will be required to set up series recordings?  If so, no thank you, nothing to see here.

Actually, I just found the series button, and yes it REQUIRES premium.  So they expect you to pay for $25 per year to schedules direct and then pay them $36 per year for DVR service, WTF!!!  

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Does it support DRM content ?

You need an HDHR model that supports the DLNA features. That model isn't' one of them. But pretty much all of the new models have it.

 

So does that mean it is never going to be supported?  Why does it work so well in WMC, can't you duplicate that functionality?  I don't care about transcoding or streaming, I'm just looking for an alternative way to watch and record OTA TV on Windows clients the same way I can do with WMC without having to spend over $150 (let alone the additional software fees for Emby & Schedules Direct) to replace my two fully functional tuners...

is there any way to disable it from finding my tuners? I don't want to use emby tv.  I enjoyed using server wmc.  Now I have duplicate channels!  I remove the tuner and it just finds it again and adds it on its own.  Very frustrating.  

i'm in Australia and our channel data comes OTA ... would I still need something extra to get that guide data?

You need an HDHR model that supports the DLNA features. That model isn't' one of them. But pretty much all of the new models have it.

Hey luke i have Hd homerun and just got the HD homerun app for an android tv  and they have a guide that is built into there software not sure where it gets its data from but is there a way we can use that data that in turn will work in emby guide?     not sure if you have seen there new app recently or not.

Hey luke i have Hd homerun and just got the HD homerun app for an android tv  and they have a guide that is built into there software not sure where it gets its data from but is there a way we can use that data that in turn will work in emby guide?     not sure if you have seen there new app recently or not.

 

perhaps in the future if they publish an api

are you able to tell us what kind of work migh tbe getting down on other guide sources. especially ones you dont need to pay for?  i have read that serverwmc does put alot of load on the PC supplying the server. is this true? seeing how it would have to transcode multiple streams. i have two HD home runs only using one now but thinking about adding the other one to my network. and having the server transcoding 6 streams might be extreme. i have an I7 processor and a gigabit lan.

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