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FRITZ!Box 6490 Cable
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Configuring the FRITZ!Box for television reception over DVB-C

The FRITZ!Box has a quad tuner for cable TV (DVB-C), which allows it to transmit ("stream") four different TV channels to different devices in the home network at the same time.

You can either use FRITZ!App TV or a different compatible media player, such as the VLC media player, to watch TV on your devices. Televisions with SAT>IP support can directly access the FRITZ!Box's tuner.

Important:Some cable providers do not support this function. In this case, the menu item "DVB-C" is not available in the FRITZ!Box user interface.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • A maximum of six devices can be used to watch TV at the same time.
  • A maximum of four different TV channels can be played on different devices at the same time.
  • A maximum of one TV channel can be played on a device.
  • Encrypted TV channels can only be played back using SAT>IP. The television must also have a CI/CI+ slot.

Note:This guide is valid for FRITZ!OS 7.25 or later. If you are using an earlier FRITZ!OS version, the configuration may differ or functions may not be available. You can find the FRITZ!OS version on the "Overview" page of the FRITZ!Box user interface.

1 Enabling live TV

  1. Click "DVB-C" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Live TV" in the "DVB-C" menu.
  3. If the button "Enable live TV" is displayed, click the button. Once live TV is enabled, the FRITZ!Box will be restarted.
    • Live TV is already enabled if the button "Enable live TV" is not displayed.

2 Starting a channel search

  1. Click "DVB-C" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Channel Search" in the "DVB-C" menu.
  3. Click the "Start Channel Search" button.

3 Setting up devices for watching TV

Mobile devices

Smartphones and tablets with Android or iOS can use FRITZ!App TV to access the TV program:

Computers

Computers with Windows, macOS, or Linux can use the VLC media player to access the TV program:

Media centers

Media centers with Android, Linux, or Windows (for example Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV) can use the Kodi software to access the TV program:

Televisions

Televisions with SAT>IP support can directly access the FRITZ!Box's tuner.

Note:Manufacturers may have different designations for SAT>IP (for example DVB over IP, SAT to IP). Panasonic calls it "TV>IP", for example.