How much work is required?????
Here is my experience with 3 KODI clients, NVIDIA Shield, RPi 3, Win 7 laptop.
Well lets say in my installation, had Live TV/PVR been the first thing I tried to set up in Kodi I would have never had Kodi.
I am using an HD Homerun Extend tuner for OTA channels [7 all within 10 miles] and a home made 4 bay antenna which gives, according to KODI and an Android phone app, 96-100% quality signal.
Of all the things RPis do well Kodi included, the Live TV/PVR has exhausted my colorful vocabulary.
OSMC TVHeadend/Backend as a standalone PVR server seems as good as I can get outside of the Window's Media Center world and it was not perfect.
I cannot go a full week without rebooting the OMSC RPi nor the HD Homerun Extend tuner because one or the other will do the following: [I also show which systems had which problems.
Random vertical stretch 3x normal returning maybe after commercial breaks: WMC, LibreElec TVHeadend, OSMC TVHeadend
Sound skipping every 5 seconds: WMC, LibreElec TVHeadend, OSMC TVHeadend
No video but sound on 1 OTA channel but not others: WMC, LibreElec TVHeadend, OSMC TVHeadend
Opens recording, sound continues but the first video image remains static for the entire recording: WMC, LibreElec TVHeadend, OSMC TVHeadend
Attempt to skip ahead on a OTA recording in 10,30 second increments and it just goes back to the beginning: OSMC TVHeadend
Unwatchable highly pixilated Live TV & recordings: LibreElec TVHeadend [abandoned this]
No EPG as the setup, with such partial directions on the web cannot be done with my limited knowledge: OSMC TVHeadend
SEE NOTE BELOW
Recordings totally missed: WMC, LibreElec TVHeadend, OSMC TVHeadend
On client side in KODI on NVIDIA Shield or RPi LibreElec or Win 7 PC, the HD app for LIVE TV is useless with pix freezing, sound skipping, lock up: WMC, LibreElec TVHeadend, OSMC TVHeadend
Only the NVIDIA Shield's HD app plays Live TV at acceptable quality.
Silicon Dust had replaced this tuner once when it would constantly stretch out vertically and never return even after a reboot.
It is now out of warranty and while SD was quite responsive I am tired of chasing this dragon and looking for some other tuner solution and if I cannot get EPG on the OSMC RPi I'll have to go back to WMC on Win 7 [Not @^&&[email protected][email protected]
Sooooooooo! In this Kodi world I cannot even reliably receive the same Live TV I could have gotten with rabbet ears in the old analog days. Seems it has not been an improvement.
NOTE: For those great people who post how to's on the internet please assume the reader knows NOTHING and don't leave out steps which are 2nd nature to you but for a novice totally unknown. Even simple things like leaving out SUDO in a code segment can ruin an installation attempt.
For some reason in the Linux world they tend to skip important steps like poor bomb disposal instructions "CUT THE RED WIRE..........BUT NOT BEFORE CUTTING THE BLUE WIRE. Boom.