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FRITZ!Box 6590 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:All instructions on configuration and settings given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS for the FRITZ!Box.

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.