Install TVHeadend Server, tvhProxy on a Raspberry Pi and enable TV playback in Plex
This guide covers how to install
TVHeadend Server, tvhProxy and intergrate it into Plex all using a Raspberry Pi.
The guide you see today was originally created using a Ubuntu 16.04 server and on an old desktop, this can be still done exactly the same way but with the price point of raspberry pi’s now days, its a no brainer to set it up like this.
It is also important to note that like the other guide I wrote, the EPG was a big problem with Plex. To just reference it again, as of the
23/10/2019Plex replaced FreeEPG with IceTV which no longer lets you use the open source applications like
TVHeadend. Unfortunately due to this change,this prevented Australian’s and a couple of other countries the ability to use the EPG service. As a result Plex was not able to essentially understand and provide you with a working EPG guide which is very important. After some time research alternate ways to produce this guide, I was able to determine an alternative solution to get this back up and running. This will be included in the guide as a reference.
This guide expects that the user has already setup Raspberry Pi either running the
Raspberry Pi OS Lite (32bit) or
Raspberry Pi OS Full (32bit).
It is recommend to go with the
Litebuild option as this saves on system resources and it is not really necessary to have a full Desktop environment. Once its setup you shouldn’t really need to do anything else with it.
|TVHeadend Server||TVHeadend server is an application which you can run that allows you to use Digital TV adapters and translate them into a digital network feed that can be either streamed via VLC or any other media service/ player that supports the formats it provides.|
|tvhProxy||This is an additional app that complements TVHeadend server to proived a virtual
|Plex||Plex is the Media Center Server/ Player.|
Installing TVHeadend Server
| Instruction | Illustration |
| - | - |
| Before we start anything, we must check for any
upgrade any packages that have been detected. | ` sudo apt update ` <p>
sudo apt upgrade -y |
| Next we will install TVHeadend Server via apt
| sudo apt install tvheadend
| During the installation process, TVHeadend will ask you to enter some additional information in. |
| Select Y
to install. | ![Image](../assets/images/Screenshot_2020-09-25_13-27-40.png) |
| The first screen you will see will ask you to enter the username of the TVHeadend web interface account. In this example I am using admin
but it can be anything that you like. Select
Note: If you have specified a DNS A record in your environment you can also use that.
Initial Setup of TVHeadend Server
Hurry up and wait
At this stage its a good time to go grab yourself a cup of coffee. Generally the whole update process will take about 30 minutes or so in my testing. This is running from a Raspberry Pi 4 4GB model.