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25. Here you can see both playlists: one for the Portuguese TDT
transponder and one for the HOTBIRD 13.0E satellite transponder
26. If you prefer, you can merge the channels of different playlists
into a single playlist. Here we see all streamed channels in one
single playlist, despite the fact that these channels come originally
from different tuners.
27. Naturally, XBMC has many more capabilities. Why not watch
a movie? Almost all formats are recognized and supported,
including subtitles and multiple audio channels.
28. Time for a break: watching the classic Metropolis. Did you
know that this masterpiece can be downloaded for free, because
the copyright expired long time ago?
29. Here a different movie, encoded and encapsulated differently
(*.mp4): a recreation of the Space Odyssey, but using Lego
30. XBMC can be adjusted to your preferences and needs. Just go
to the settings menu.
31. Here you can setup every detail, including the weather settings.
32. We specified the location of our test centre.
33. There are many options to setup audio and video. The
Raspberry Pi features a full HDMI connector and is capable of
resolutions up to full HD at 1920x1080
normal *.txt file whereby the
file suffix is simply changed
to *.m3u. We suggest Note-
pad++; it’s an excellent
Open Source editor with
many functions and Plugins
that can also be used as a
Hex editor with the proper
The completed *.m3u file
can then be saved to a USB
stick and simply plugged in
to the Raspberry Pi. You can
do this while the Pi is run-
ning; XBMC will recognize
the USB stick automatically.
If you now go to video you
can click on the Playlist and
then select a desired chan-
nel. You can also quickly
surf to the previous channel
or next channel. The only
thing you can‘t do is select a
channel directly by number.
You can also choose if you
want channels from different
transponders - that are be-
ing streamed from different
instances of TSReader Pro
- integrated into one *.m3u
playlist or if you‘d prefer dif-
ferent playlists for different
The configuration de-
scribed here can also be
setup with VLC as the server.
This would actually save you
some money since VLC has
to do with an Open Source
Project but it also would in-
volve investing more time
compared with TSReader Pro
because configuration of VLC
servers is not so easy. For
example, we were able to
stream a DVB-T transponder
via VLC but it didn‘t work at
all with a DVB-S transponder
probably because the cur-
rent version might have a
problem with DVB-S tuners.
If an older version of VLC
were to be installed, then
DVB-S reception would work
but streaming would no long-
er function.
Our conclusion: In gener-
al, IPTV is not really all that
complicated. We achieved
completely usable results
and with a 1000Mbit/s net-
work you won‘t be aggra-
vated by an overloaded net-
work. Through Multicasting
you can connect as many re-
ceivers as you want and with
XBMC you can easily access
music and movies all at the
same time that are available
either on a local USB stick or
from the network.
In the meantime the Rasp-
berry Fan community have
already gotten a number of
USB tuners to work which, of
course, means that we will
also see if we can construct
our own „Linux Receiver“
based on the Raspberry Pi.
Without a doubt, the Rasp-
berry Pi is an interesting
device to build things with
and if you work with audio
and video you‘d have a us-
able platform for very little
The Raspberry Pi Foundation website. Here you‘ll find the most
important operating system images for download, a Wiki, a fo-
rum and documentation. You‘ll also find new projects introdu-
ced here on a daily basis.
One of many XBMC distributors for the Raspberry Pi. This one
we found to be particularly beginner-friendly.
OpenELEC XBMC Distribution Wiki page for the Raspberry Pi.
This one seems to be very sophisticated and offers the widest
range of features.
On this official web page the OpenELEC XBMC Image for a va-
riety of platforms, including the Raspberry Pi, can be downloa-
ded. This image can only be loaded via Linux.
On this website OpenELEC XBMC Images for the Raspberry Pi
are also made available in Windows compatible format. These
can be flashed to an SD card using Image Writer. At the end of
the list choose the newest Zip file (
Website for the Image Writer for Windows. This tool writes the
firmware image to the SD card.
TSReader‘s website. The professional version is needed for the
streaming function. There is a cost involved.
If you prefer to use free solutions, you should try VideoLAN‘s
VLC. With this software it‘s also possible to demux a transport
stream and then stream the channels it contains individually
via separate IP addresses and/or ports. The configuration is far
more complicated though.
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