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Watching TV with Kodi

Kodi (formerly XBMC) is free media center software available for numerous operating systems and device platforms that is free of charge. Besides allowing you to organize, display, and play media files (photos, music, videos) that are stored locally, Kodi's "live TV" function allows you to receive and play back TV content from a TV server software ("PVR backend") as an IP stream.

Since the FRITZ!Repeater also streams cable TV content over IP into your home network, Kodi can use the repeater as a TV server without additional software. In combination with a mini computer (for example a Raspberry Pi, Amazon Fire TV), you can therefore watch cable TV in rooms where no cable wall outlet is available, at no extra cost.


1 Creating a channel list for Kodi

Downloading a list of SD and HD channels

The FRITZ!Repeater saves TV channels in two separate channel lists - one for SD resolution, and one for HD resolution. Kodi also supports their format (M3U playlist). Use the user interface to upload both of the channel lists to your computer:

  1. Click "DVB-C" in the user interface of the FRITZ!Repeater.
  2. Click "Channel List" in the "DVB-C" menu.
  3. On the "SD" tab, right-click the link "Generate channel list".
  4. Select "Save destination to" or "Save link to" from the context menu and enter a storage location.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the "HD" tab.

Combining the lists of SD and HD channels

Since you can only configure one channel list in Kodi, you must combine both channel lists to play SD channels as well as HD channels:

  1. Open the files named "tvsd.m3u" and "tvhd.m3u" with a text editor (for example WordPad).
  2. Delete the entry "#EXTM3U" at the top of one of the two files (for example "tvhd.m3u").
  3. Mark and copy the contents of this file, and then paste the contents to the very bottom of the other file.
  4. If you want to change the order of the channels, you can cut out the corresponding entry and add it to the desired position. The entry for each channel always consists of three lines.

    #EXTINF:-1,hr-fernsehen HD
    rtsp:// [...]

  5. Save the file as an unformatted "plain text document" under a different name (for example "Kodichannellist.m3u").

2 Configuring the PVR add-on in Kodi

If you want to use the "Live TV" function from Kodi to select and view the IP streams from your FRITZ!Repeater, you must enable and configure the Kodi add-on PVR IPTV Simple Client:

Note:If you are using Windows, the add-on PVR IPTV Simple Client is already contained in the standard installation of Kodi.

Enabling the PVR IPTV Simple Client and configuring channel lists

  1. In Kodi, select "System" and then "Settings".
  2. Select "Add-ons" and then "Disabled add-ons".
  3. Select the entry "PVR IPTV Simple Client" in the "Disabled add-ons" window.

    Important:If the add-on is not displayed here, then it is already enabled and listed under "Enabled Add-ons".

  4. Select the option "Configure" in the "Add-on Information" window.
  5. Select the entry "Local Path (include Local Network)" for the "Location" under "General".
  6. Click "M3U Play List Path" and select the channel list you combined (for example C:\Users\Fritz\Downloads\Kodichannellist.m3u).
  7. Click "OK" and then "Enable".
    • Now the TV channels from the channel list are displayed in Kodi's main menu under "Live TV" and you can watch TV.

      Important:If "Live TV" is not displayed in the main menu, then you must first enable this function in the settings for Kodi under "Live TV > General".

Configuring an electronic program guide (EPG)

The PVR IPTV Simple Client cannot evaluate the EPG information contained in the IP stream from the FRITZ!Repeater; instead, it only supports program information in XMLTV format.

If you would like to receive EPG information in Kodi for the cable TV content made available by the FRITZ!Repeater, it must be called up from an external XMLTV provider and integrated into the PVR IPTV Simple Client. You may be charged for accessing XMLTV because EPC contents are copyright protected in some countries (for example in Germany).

Note:We successfully tested the EPG from TV Movie (Clickfinder) in conjunction with the Clickfinder to xmltv software.