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Overview

A step-by-step guide to setup the TV and Radio part of MediaPortal 2:

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If you are not familiar with the MediaPortal 2 termini like "Media Sources" just take it as it is now. Those terms will most likely be explained later in the guides.

Goal

After completing this tutorial you will have configured all the main TV settings to scan and organize your TV and Radio Channels, setup time-shifting and recording folders and options.  Then you will be ready to use the MediaPortal 2 client software for TV on each client connected to your Media Portal 2 Server.

TV-Engine Setup

To setup the TV-Engine you must use the "MediaPortal 2 TV- Configuration" tool. You can find a shortcut to this in the Start menu

and on your desktop.

Starting Setup

Double click on the "MediaPortal 2 TV- Configuration" shortcut located on your desktop, or use the Windows Start Menu Shortcut

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Note: The reason why 'Your Server' is listed is because the original design for MediaPortal 2 was intended to allow multiple servers to work together. However this was never successfully achieved and so this menu layout is a legacy of this intent.

Tuner Priorities

MediaPortal 2 will completely manage all of your tuners and allow you to prioritize the way that you use them. This prioritization can be adapted to your individual preferences. You may prioritize the tuner that changes channel the quickest, or you may only have one tuner that will play HD (in which case you might want to set this as the lowest priority so it is always free for HD recordings). If you don't have any strong views or requirements, then just use the default settings.

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Note: Priority 1 is the LOWEST priority

Scanning Channels

This part is broken into sections for ATSC scanning, DVB-S/S2 scanning, DVB-T/T2 scanning and for DVB-C/C2 scanning. 

Note: MediaPortal 2 will allow more than one tuner of any type to run a channel scan at the same, so you do not have to wait for one tuner to finish scanning before you start with the next scan.

ATSC

To scan for your ATSC channels you need to select the Tuning mode (Digital terrestrial or so) and probably (depends on your signal type) the QAM tuning frequencies 

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If you got a subscription card from your provider and want to receive encrypted channels you need to enable the CAM. Select each tuner which uses a CAM, click the edit button and tick the box to enable the CAM under CAM Setup in the Edit card properties dialog box which appears. You also can enable the EPG grabbing here, but most ATSC stations did not deliver EPG "on Air" so most likely you need an other EPG source.


DVB-S/S2

The DVB-S/S2 tuning section allows tuning with diseqc, however this guide does not currently address this functional capability.

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  1. Change the Satellite drop-down list to your desired Satellite (e.g. 28.2°E Astra for UK Freesat or 19.2°E Astra for central Europe)
  2. If you have more than one type of TV source (other tuner or IPTV), put a tick in the Create Groups For: Digital Satellite option.
  3. If the card you are tuning is a DVB-S2 card, then put a tick in the Enable DVB-S2 Channel Tuning/Scanning option. If you miss this you will not be able to receive any HDTV channels.
  4. Put a tick in the Enable Channel Movement Detection option. This is optional and can also be unticked if you don't need it or getting issues with this feature.
  5. Click on the Scan for Channels button to start the scan
  6. When the scan is complete, the progress bar will show 100% and MP will report a list of the new/updated TV and radio channels detected during the scan


DVB-T/T2

  1. Click on the menu TV Servers > Your Server > DVB-T/T2_Tuner_1
  2. Using the drop-down list, select your country
  3. Using the drop-down list, select your region (if you live in the UK and don't know your region, then enter your postcode into this website and find your local transmitter).
  4. If you have more than one type of TV source (other tuner or IPTV), put a tick in the Create Digital Terrestrial Group option
  5. Put a tick in the Enable Channel Movement Detection option
  6. Click on the Scan for Channels button
  7. When the scan is complete, the progress bar will show 100% and MP will report a list of the new/updated TV and radio channels detected during the scan

DVB-C/C2

  1. Click on the menu TV Servers > Your Server > DVB-C/C2_Tuner_1
  2. Using the drop-down list, select your country
  3. Using the drop-down list, select your scan parameters or cable provider.
  4. If you have more than one type of TV source (other tuner or IPTV), put a tick in the Create Digital Cable Group option
  5. Put a tick in the Enable Channel Movement Detection option
  6. Click on the Scan for Channels button
  7. When the scan is complete, the progress bar will show 100% and MP will report a list of the new/updated TV and radio channels detected during the scan.

Channel Mapping

If you have more than one tuner of the same kind (e.g. two DVB-S2 tuners) you can do a channel scan for every tuner. But you also can "map" the channels scanned with the first tuner to the other tuner(s) of the same kind. This will save a lot of time. For this you need to click on the menu TV Channels. Then activate the menu entry "TV Mapping". Here you will find a dropdown list with all your available tuners. 

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Select all channels in the "Available Channels" list and then click on the ">>" button. Now all those channels are mapped to this tuner and can be received here too, without the need to run a complete channel scan.

Organizing TV Channels

Now that your tuning is complete, you can click on the menu TV Channels and you will see a screen with a number of tabs along the top (e.g. Channels, All Channels, Digital Cable, Digital Satellite, Digital Terrestrial - depending on which tuners you have installed, and which group creation options you selected before scanning).

Each channel has a red or green symbol next to it. Green means that it is free-to-air, and red means that it is encrypted.

Combining Channels 

If you have multiple TV tuners of the same type, using the same provider (i.e. more than one DVB-S/S2 tuner tuned to 28.2E), the channels are automatically combined for you. 

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  1. Click on the menu TV Channels > Combinations
  2. Use the drop-down Card: list to select one of your DVB-T/T2 tuners (you should be shown a list of channels available from your DVB-T/T2 tuner on the left hand window)
  3. Starting from the top of the list, click on a channel on the left hand window. MP will then scan the DVB-S/S2 channel list for a matching channel name and provide the results in the right hand window (note: the channel naming convention from different suppliers may vary (i.e. BBC THREE vs. BBC3), therefore the channel matching may not also be perfect and some searching may be required)
  4. When you have identified the matching channel, click on the corresponding Rank number on the right hand window to highlight the matching channel
  5. Click on the Combine button
  6. Repeat the above process for all the channels you wish to combine.

Favorites Channel Groups

Now that you have your multiple providers sorted, you can setup one or more Favorites Channel Groups to display only the channels you want in your TV guide (rather than 900 odd channels!). 

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Read more on TV Guide Setup (EPG)... 

Organizing Radio Channels

You can organize your radio channels exactly as you organize your TV channels - see the Organizing TV Channels section above.

Recording Folders and Settings

At first there are a few general recordings settings.

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 If you don't want this feature simply do not use this sub- folders (means leave out the "\Series" and "\Movies" part in the description. Then all your recordings are only added to the "recordings" media source, that will be displayed in the TV section under "Recordings" 


Setting the recordings folder(s)

You can alter the default path to store your recordings. Indeed it is very useful to do this, if you have more than one drive in your MediaPortal 2 Server PC. The default path is on C: drive. As this is the system drive it could be critical if the drive gets filled too much by your recordings. Aside this, the system drive very often is used by Windows, so it could disturb the storage of your recordings.

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Hint: If you want to be able to delete recordings from all clients not only the client on the same system as the server, then you should use UNC path (sample: //Server/Recordings/) instead of drive letters for the recordings folders. This way any client has write access and is able to delete no longer needed recordings from inside the GUI. You probably need to add a share to your WIndows system and grant proper access there, before you can use UNC path as recording folder. UNC path is faster somehow in this case so you don't have any drawbacks here excerpt for the little bit more configuration work.


Hint to former WMC users

If you move your existing wtv and/or dvr-ms recordings into (one of ) the recordings folder, MediaPortal 2 will import and use them as if they are "native" MediaPortal 2 recordings. This is not possible with encrypted wtv files.


Time-shift Folders

Time-shift is a technique to have the possibility to pause and rewind "Live- TV". This is build into the TV engine and don't need any configuration by the user, excerpt for the place to store the temporal time-shift files. Time- shifting can be critical regarding timings, so best is to not use the system drive (means the physical disk, to which Windows is installed). If your MediaPortal 2 Server has enough RAM build in best is to use a "RAM- Disk" for time-shifting as a RAM Disk is the fastest possible drive and it is (opposite to a SSD) very reliable on reading and writing. As the time-shift files are temporal only it did not matter that a RAM Disk is cleared on every restart. 

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Click OK to save your TV Engine Configuration settings and exit the configuration GUI.

What's Next?

Maybe you are looking for a way to add Channel Logos to your set-up. MediaPortal 2 contains a plugin that searches for channel logos, downloads and configures them to be used automatically without any user interaction or configuration. This may take a while so on the first run it can be possible that some (or all) channel logos are missing. So be patient. 

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