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A step-by-step guide to setup the TV-Server: tune and group your TV and Radio Channels and Groups; setup Recording and Time-shifting folders.
After completing this tutorial you will have configured all the main TV-Server settings to scan and organize your TV and Radio Channels, setup time-shifting and recording folders and options. Then you will be ready to setup the client software either on the same PC and/or on each client connected to your TV-Server.
To setup the TV-Server you must use the TV-Server Configuration Tool. Only some TV-Client settings can be selected or changed using Settings within MediaPortal.
!TV Setup^TVServerConfigShortcut.png!Double click on the TV Server Configuration shortcut located on your desktop (this will load the tool used for setting up the server-side software), or use the Windows Start Menu Shortcut
When starting the configuration for the first time (i.e. brand new install, new OS, or after a full products clean up) you are asked for the database password which you chose during the installation (default is MediaPortal - case sensitive). Enter it and click Yes in the next popup to start the TV service
Most of the menus within the TV-Server Configuration are self explanatory, but a little bit of introduction is needed to the second menu in the list: TV Servers. This menu is where all your tuners are configured and where you scan your channels.
If you expand the menu TV Servers by clicking on the + symbol you will find a single sub menu which is named the same as the network name of your particular PC (referred to as 'Your Server' in this guide to avoid confusion). Click on the + symbol again to display all the tuners you have installed in your PC. This guide refers to these as:
where N is number of tuners of the particular type you have fitted.
Depending on your tuner drivers, you may see more tuners than you actually have, e.g. if the driver supports different types of DVB tuners. If you see tuners here that you don't have (e.g. DVB-S when you have DVB-C), just untick the corresponding boxes to prevent confusion.
If you are using a Common Interface (CI) Conditional Access module (CAM) to access coded channels, 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. This is usually sufficient, but check the other options in the dialog to see if any apply. For further details see Configuration > TV-Server Configuration >TV_Servers.
Note: The reason why 'Your Server' is listed is because the original design for MP 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. It will be possible to do this with MP2 in the future though!
MP 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.
If you make changes to your tuner priority then the TV Service needs to restart. Therefore you should make sure that no clients or recordings are active before making changes.
To change your tuner priorities click on TV Servers > Your Server. Click once on the tuner to change, then use the Up/Down buttons to move it up and down the list.
Note: Priority 1 is the LOWEST priority
Related Analog scanning is not covered explicitly in this guide but follows the same basic principles. See Scan Analog for details. For IPTV See Scan DVB-IP.
This section is broken into sections, firstly for DVB-S/S2 scanning, secondly for DVB-T/T2 scanning and lastly for DVB-C/C2 scanning.
Note: MP 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.
The DVB-S/S2 tuning section allows tuning with diseqc, however this guide does not currently address this functional capability.
Important Note: UK DVB-S/S2 transmissions do not allow detection of channels that are off air at the time of scanning. Therefore, to get a full complement of channels you will generally need to run a scan during the daytime (for CBBC & CITV etc), and then another scan after 19:00 hrs (for BBC3 & BBC4 etc).
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.
f 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.
However,If you have multiple TV tuners of different types, you may end up with a large number of common or duplicate channels. For example, in the UK both Freesat (DVB-S/S2) and Freeview (DVB-T/T2) offer the same channels.
Before you start arranging your TV channels, you should group these common channels into a single combined channel. By doing this, you will only see a single instance of each channel in your EPG (which will look much better). Once you have done this, MP will use the Tuner Priorities you set above to select which tuner to use when requested.
It is easier to combine the channels on the tuner which has the fewest channels with the tuner that has more. For example, In the UK, there are far fewer channels on DVB-T/T2 than on DVB-S/S2, so it is much easier to combine channels by going through each DVB-T/T2 channel in turn and finding its matching DVB-S/S2 counterpart than vice versa. Follow these steps to combine your channels:
Now that you have your multiple providers sorted, you can setup a Favorites Channel Group to display only the channels you want in your TV guide (rather thanl 900 odd channels!). Follow the instructions below to set up a Favorites group of channels. However, the group name can be whatever you like (and you can set up more than one group if you wish, e.g. Sports, Music, News and Entertainment)
The following instructions assume that you have both DVB-S/S2 and DVB-T/T2 tuners installed on your system, but if you only have one type of tuner the basic instructions still apply.
Since there are multiple methods of assigning EPG data to your channels, this is covered in Advanced Configuration > [ |3 TV EPG Setup (Electronic Program Guide)]TV Guide Setup - EPG.
You can organize your radio channels exactly as you organize your TV channels - see the Organizing TV Channels section above.
As discussed earlier in the guide, ideally want to set up your system so that your TV recordings are stored on a partition other than the one where your operating system is stored so your system does not grind to a halt if you fill up the hard drive.
Here is how to configure a common folder (other than the default installation value) for recordings from all of your tuners:
To change your recording destination:
MP will also allow you to store the recordings from each of your tuners in different locations. See Configuration > TV-Server Configuration > Recording for more details.
By default, the time-shift folder is set to your C drive, so that should not need changing, unless:
For a detailed explanation of all of the available recording options, see Configuration > TV-Server Configuration > Recording.
To change the location where MediaPortal stores the time-shift data (e.g because you don't want it read/writing to an SSD all the time):
For more info on all the Server settings, see Configuration > TV Server and
Now that you have completed your Server Setup, you are ready to configure your Client Setup.