Raspberry Pi Digital Terrestrial TV Streaming Kit

A plug-a-play, network enabled, network streaming, PVR capable, Digital TV service with all the free-to-air channels streaming of Raspberry Pi to any digital device.
R999.00  Inc VAT
R1,199.00

Raspberry Pi kit not included

A plug-a-play, network enabled, network streaming, PVR capable, Digital TV service with all the free-to-air channels streaming of Raspberry Pi to any digital device, phone, tablet or TV/LCD on your home or office network!

Description:

This enables you with access to the free-to-air Digital TV channels, streamed to any device on your network:

Quick introduction video on this item


The Micro SD Card contains Raspberry Pi 3 Model B compatible image with Raspbian Lite operating system. Also includes pre-installed applications Kodi, TVheadend Server, htop, shellinabox and a interactive master menu to easily setup up your network, attached storage, network shares and pre-installed drivers and firmware to support popular peripheral devices. With the Wi-Fi headless configuration you can also connect your Raspberry Pi on boot up to your Wi-Fi network (headless). Built in menu allows configuration of Kodi to be enabled or disabled on boot.

 

Insert the MicroSD card into your Raspberry Pi and your Raspberry Pi into an instant Kodi and TVheadend integrated server.

Want to stream or record your IPTV subscriptions, Terrestrial Radio or TV stations or channels into your home / office network, record and play on demand? TVheadend is a TV streaming server and recorder for Linux supporting DVB-S, DVB-S2, DVB-C, DVB-T, ATSC, ISDB-T, IPTV, SAT>IP as input sources.

Easily find the correct transmission frequencies with the pre-installed w_scan utility to generate and find all local services (dependent on peripheral devices connected), wherever you are in the world you can easily find your TV channels.

Tune your aerial into the best signal strength with the built in signal strength meter so you can have your mobile device in your hand as you position and lock your aerial into the best signal available!

Comes with Kodi (fully integrated media center frontend) which integrates seamlessly into TVheadend to provide live TV viewing, recording, electronic program guides and FM radio.

The pre-built image saves you the time and frustration of trying to compile all your v4l drivers, firmware and TVheadend server and also includes a advanced configuration menu to allow easy setup of your Raspberry Pi network, attached storage and allows choice of enabling Kodi to run on boot up or not.

What is in included in the kit?

  1. MyGica Mini DVB-T2 T230C USB TV Stick (Digital TV USB hardware)
  2. 8GB Class 10 UHS-I Micro SDCard (pre-loaded with Kodi and a co-located Tvheadend server)
  3. Headless Wi-Fi setup (no need for xterm) connects your Raspberry Pi automatically to the preferred Wi-Fi network by simply editing and existing file on the dos partition before inserting it into your Raspberry Pi.
  4. TVheadend Server for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B with pre-installed v4l drivers and firmware
  5. Kodi Server for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B with pre-installed TvHeadend HTSP Client. Or connect and Kodi server to the TVheadend server backend.
  6. Kodi and TVheadend Server playback. Use TVheadend Client free app available for Android and IOS or VLC to connect to your TV streaming server and simply channel hop and manage features.
  7. Advanced configuration menu. The advanced and popular configuration menu easily configures the Raspberry Pi network and storage by simply selecting a option from the interactive network menu then answer basic configuration questions. After simple menu driven configuration a quick reboot provides the mounted drives or shares for access.
  8. Shellinabox is a web based terminal that uses Ajax technology to provide the look and feel of a native shell via your browser.

Kit Requirements. What will I need to get?

  1. Requires a Raspberry Pi, our solution works out of the box and fully tested on Raspberry Pi 2/3
  2. Requires terrestrial antenna (Yagi roof-top or in-door Rotating UHF-VHF-FM Indoor Set Top Aerial)
  3. That same old antenna that worked for SABC all those years might suffice.
  4. Also tested well with Ellies Channel 21-68 AASG or AA1B antennae
  5. Indoor Set Top antenna that works well in strong signal areas: One For All SV9125 Amplified Indoor TV Antenna
  6. Ensure that Digital TV service reception is available in your area. See the green area on this Sentech map:

Is Digital TV service available in my are? Click this link to check.

What is DTT?


DTT stands for Digital Terrestrial Television (or Transmission). It refers to the terrestrial, or land-based, broadcasting of digital television. South African television is currently broadcast in an analogue format with the country in the process of switching over to DTT. More information can be found at Sentech. Sentech Coverage map

Channels available completely free (free-to-air)

Radio Stations (19): SAFM, Lesedi FM, Lotus FM, Metro FM, Motsweding FM, Ukhozi FM, Radio 2000, RSG, Munghana Lonene FM, Channel Africa, X-K FM, Umhlobo Wenene, Ikwekwezi FM, Tru FM, Thobela FM, Phalaphala FM, Good Hope, 5FM and Ligwalagwala FM.

TV Channels (9):SABC1, SABC2, SABC3, SABC NEWS, Beatlab TV, e.tv HD, eMovies+, eExtra and eToonz.
Now PVR it and stream it to your entire home or office!


Installation and setup video: Raspberry Pi Kodi & TVheadend Server #1.

Please note that in this version a default user name admin and password admin is set on the TVheadend server

Watch this video for installation instructions


Important Notes & Tips

 

The image will automatically resize on first boot to utilize the full space available on your MicroSD card.
The image automatically starts tvheadend on reboot.
Login to console or remote terminal session with user pi password raspberry and run the following two commands.
To scan for available channels / services you first need to stop the tvheadend application, type the following commands.

sudo killall -9 tvheadend
sudo w_scan -x


Once your scan is completed and you have the information needed remember to reboot your Raspberry Pi.
To list the available URL's to access your device features as well as further instructions either look at the Raspberry Pi console screen greeting message or type.

sudo cat /etc/issue

TVHeadend already has default user admin created with password admin.
Then connect to your new TVheadend server from a remote computer using the URL from above ( format is http://ipaddress:9981 )

Root username is root password raspberry.
Standard username is pi password raspberry.

SSH and FTP access is enabled for user root.

To open the channel list on VLC connect to http://ipaddress:9981/playlist/channels then click view, channel list.
Please visit http://tvheadend.org for further configuration documentation.

Enabling and integrating Kodi

To enable Kodi to load on boot up run the included advanced configuration menu by typing (Below) then select Kodi Configuration menu then Enable on boot up option.

sudo /home/pi/main-menu

First configure a username and password for the kodi integration on the tvheadend backend server web interface and allow HTSP streaming rights.

Add the configuration to Kodi under addons -> my addons -> PVR Clients -> TvHeadend HTSP Client as follows
TvHeadend hostname or IP address: localhost
HTTP port: 9981
HTSP port: 9982
Username: (As set on TVheadend backend)
Password: (As set on TVheadend backend)
Connection Timeouts and Response timeouts work fine as default setting.
  • Availability: 15
  • Model: DTT kit
  • Manufacturer: Generic