TVHeadend is my favourite TV Server.
There weren’t too many battles setting up the install but there were some.
Step 1 of course is to create your “CT’. It doesn’t need much so I just gave it the following:
root@pve01:/etc/pve/lxc# cat 102.conf #TVHeadend #Plex #SABnzbd #CouchPotato #Sonarr arch: amd64 cpulimit: 4 cpuunits: 4096 hostname: media memory: 4096 net0: name=eth0,bridge=vmbr1,gw=10.69.10.1,hwaddr=00:0A:DE:01:02:10,ip=10.69.10.43/24,ip6=auto,tag=10,type=veth onboot: 1 ostype: ubuntu rootfs: ssdmirror:subvol-102-disk-1,size=32G startup: order=4,up=5,down=5 swap: 4096 root@pve01:/etc/pve/lxc#
4 cores, 4 gigs of RAM/swap and a 32G disk. This is because I’ll also have Plex, SABnzbd, CouchPotato and Sonar in the same CT.
A few things tripped me up. The debian sources aren’t optimal for me, the local timezone wasn’t set, and TVH wouldn’t auto start.
After creating CT, some housekeeping:
root@media:/home/hts/.hts# cat /etc/apt/sources.list deb http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial main restricted universe multiverse deb http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-updates main restricted universe multiverse deb http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-backports main restricted universe multiverse deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu xenial partner deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-security main restricted universe multiverse ### TVH source deb https://dl.bintray.com/tvheadend/ubuntu stable main
Those “au” ones are much better for Australia. You can possibly find even faster ones with this guide, although I don’t know if that works with Ubuntu. It certainly works in Debian.
The “tvheadend” source for Ubuntu is as per here: I just go the sable branch, as I’m not after any new features and like things to not break. The stable branch is regularly updated so I don’t feel like I’m missing out.
The timezone wasn’t set so I fixed that with:
Then I went to work with apt:
apt-get update apt-get dist-upgrade apt-get autoremove apt-get install tvheadend
I started tvheadend with “service tvheadend start” and saw it all looked good. The only problem is that it doesn’t start on reboot. I traced this down with a google search to the installer being not quite compatible with systemd, but there is a fix that works fine for me (as per this bug ID: https://tvheadend.org/issues/3027)
root@media:~# systemctl enable tvheadend.service tvheadend.service is not a native service, redirecting to systemd-sysv-install Executing /lib/systemd/systemd-sysv-install enable tvheadend root@media:~#
For Australia you can get the TV icons by:
cd /usr/src git clone https://bitbucket.org/beyonwiz/picons-australia.git
Then prefer picons over channel names in the settings and set the path to:
Migrating from another Server
I found this post to be very handy. In a nutshell:
## the "FROM" box sudo service tvheadend stop sudo -s cd /home/hts/.hts sudo tar cvfp ../tvheadend.tar tvheadend cd /home/hts/ ## the "TO" box new box sudo service tvheadend stop sudo -s cd /home/hts/.hts sudo mv tvheadend tvheadend-backup tar xvfp ~/tvheadend.tar
I was very glad I didn’t need to manually copy all my old settings across!
Hi Gavin! My tvheadend is running fine in a LXD container with Ubuntu Server 16.04 Xenial. I am also using the Official Apt Repository of tvheadend. My version is Build: 4.0.9-13~g64fec81~xenial. But I am missing the transcode options. I want to transcode my recordings automatically. Are they building the official deb packages without the transcoding support? Thank you! Kind regards, Matt
Hi Matt. Check your /etc/sources.list perhaps. It’s probably that the transcode codecs are part of the non-free repository aka “multiverse.
See here http://askubuntu.com/questions/89096/how-do-i-enable-the-multiverse-repository. Hope that helps.
Thank you for your reply. The multiverse repo is enabled and I think that I installed all necessary codecs. Well, I tried also the unstable version of tvheadend and this provides the transcode options but it’s really unstable (crashes etc). I guess the stable version was unfortunately built without the transcoding features :/