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Watching Australian TV on a Raspberry Pi with no Antenna

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 3:06 am
by handsomegenius
Hey everyone,

I recently set up my Raspberry Pi media centre to stream Australian free-to-air channels over the internet.

I've done this using Retropie 4.4 on a 3B+, but you should be able to install this Add-on on any Kodi setup.

You might need a VPN to access these channels outside Australia.

Full step-by-step guide is here: https://blog.dxmtechsupport.com.au/stre ... pberry-pi/

Re: Watching Australian TV on a Raspberry Pi with no Antenna

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 3:41 am
by Imperf3kt
You are aware that this isn't strictly legal, yes? I'm talking about you streaming it. If the stream comes via an IPTV service, then its perfectly legal.

Re: Watching Australian TV on a Raspberry Pi with no Antenna

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 4:24 am
by Gavinmc42
I have NBN and one TV :(
But I have many Pi's and Monitors :lol:

Wonder if there is a 64bit Kodi?
Probably wont work if OZ free to air TV is h.264 encoded as that uses the h.264 VC4 decoder?
My ignorance is showing - Kodi google time.

Re: Watching Australian TV on a Raspberry Pi with no Antenna

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 5:14 am
by Imperf3kt
Free to Air is usually in one of two formats, that I see. There may be others used, but where I live, the following is used:
High definition channels use Multi Program Transport Stream - MPTS with h.264 codec - the same format as found on bluray discs (AVCHD) except it is usually no more than 5000kbps, opposed to the bluray spec of 40Mbps
I believe some special stations broadcast in HEVC h.265

SD content uses MPEG-2 in PAL or NTSC encoding. The same as a retail DVD.

Re: Watching Australian TV on a Raspberry Pi with no Antenna

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 8:11 am
by handsomegenius
Imperf3kt wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 3:41 am
You are aware that this isn't strictly legal, yes? I'm talking about you streaming it. If the stream comes via an IPTV service, then its perfectly legal.
This sounds a bit dodgy.

Freeview is the official digital platform of the free-to-air channels.

I've seen it advertised on billboards.

Re: Watching Australian TV on a Raspberry Pi with no Antenna

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 11:29 am
by handsomegenius
Gavinmc42 wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 4:24 am
I have NBN and one TV :(
But I have many Pi's and Monitors :lol:

Wonder if there is a 64bit Kodi?
Probably wont work if OZ free to air TV is h.264 encoded as that uses the h.264 VC4 decoder?
My ignorance is showing - Kodi google time.
I'm not sure dude. The extension seems to just work. I didn't write any of the software - I just wrote some instructions on how to get it working to save others from having to piece it together from multiple sources like I did.

Re: Watching Australian TV on a Raspberry Pi with no Antenna

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 2:29 pm
by drgeoff
handsomegenius wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 8:11 am
Freeview is the official digital platform of the free-to-air channels.
In the UK:

1. Freeview is the platform of the free-to-air channels transmitted in the UHF band from terrestrial masts.

2. Freesat is a platform of free-to-air channels transmitted from satellites at circa 28 degrees East. (Not to be confused with Freesat-from-Sky.)

Re: Watching Australian TV on a Raspberry Pi with no Antenna

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 2:25 am
by handsomegenius
This is for the Freeview Australia. It doesn't get you any British television. That sounds similar though. Over here, Freeview do the digital broadcasting as well as offering streaming on the internet.

The channels you get from this are exactly the same as if you connected an antenna to a set top box. Hope this helps :)