Stream Live TV from Home with USB PCTV Tuner Guide

pctv-logoI finally got my hands on a USB TV Tuner to test streaming over the air (OTA) TV channels. I used a pctv tripletuner 292e because it supports all major digital tuners. There will be upcoming guys configuring the pctv tripletuner with Tvheadend, MythTV and MuMuDVB on the Raspberry Pi and Ubuntu for IPTV. This guide is for being able to access your TV signal on your Windows home media server remotely away from home using a simple web interface. This guide was made with UK Freeview but will work for any country that is supported by the pctv USB TV tuner 292e.

The pctv NanoStick T2 DVB-T2/DVB-T supports DVB-T, DVT-T2 and DVB-C digital TV signals so it will work with UK Freeview and pretty much all of Europe, US TV and many other regions around the world. I chose this tuner for its flexibility since I move around a lot I wanted to make sure it would work practically anywhere I go. It also cost me under £60 which I felt was a bargain.

Stream Live TV FreeView from your Home with PCTV Tuner Guide

If you want a nice free dynamic DNS address to have an easy to remember address instead of your IP like htpcguides.crabdance.com then follow the dynamic DNS guide first.

Install pctv TVCenter Software

Go to the PCTV Downloads page and grab the top package.

TV Center Download

Open the installer and choose your extraction path for the installation files

TV Center Install Step 1

Click TVCenter at the top to begin the installation

TV Center Install Step 2

Most of this wizard is just clicking Next

TV Center Install Step 3

Accept the license or you won’t be able to install

TV Center Install Step 4

You will get a warning about Windows being up to date, no need to worry if you’re not completely up to date.

TV Center Install Step 5

Enter a First and Last name and enter your Serial number

TV Center Install Step 6

Choose your installation location, the default is fine

TV Center Install Step 7

Click Complete to install the pctv tuner driver and TVCenter software

TV Center Install Step 8

I didn’t want TVCenter pinned to the taskbar so I unchecked it

TV Center Install Step 9

You will click Install next and then click Finish to launch the program

TV Center Install Step 10

Configure TVCenter with Freeview

You will now see a wizard to help you set up your channels

Choose your Language and Location, click Next

pctv tvcenter setup freeview step 1

Choose your TV Antenna source, even though I’m using an Aerial, Antenna worked fine

Check Antenna amplified so it’s Enabled

pctv tvcenter setup freeview step 2

Click Start Scan, this will take a few minutes and possibly a long time

pctv tvcenter setup freeview step 3

You will see how many channels were found, click Next

pctv tvcenter setup freeview step 4

Check off Start DistanTV Server and Start TVCenter and click Close Wizard

pctv tvcenter setup freeview step 5

Configure DistanTV inside TVCenter

TVCenter will now be running. After you verify the channels are working close the Live TV preview.

Go into the system tray in the bottom right of Windows, find the TVCenter icon.

Right click on it and choose Show Settings

pctv distantv live stream show settings

Go to DistanTV classic in the left pane, under Server it should say ‘The server is running’, click Stop

pctv distantv classic stop server

Go to DistanTV Mobile and adjust your Port, I have used 8000 since I knew it wasn’t being used

You can also protect the login with a PIN

Enable access from your local network so you can stream within your home

Enable access from the internet so you can stream outside your home using your dynamic DNS address

Click OK

pctv distantv mobile start server

Now you just have to set up port forwarding from your router to the pctv server running on port 8000
I used the router source port as 9000 and forwarded it to the destination port 8000 for the DistanTV mobile server
You can get your Windows TV Tuner machine’s IP address by running a command prompt Windows Key+R and enter

cmd

Then enter this command to show your IP address

ipconfig /all

Find your ethernet or wireless adapter’s IP address, mine looks like this, so my destination IP for the port forward would be 192.168.40.100 with port 8000 which we set in DistanTV
The default gateway is your router’s IP address

Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Killer Wireless-N 1202 Network Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 08-ED-B9-03-76-25
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.40.100(Preferred)
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, May 19, 2015 7:32:11 AM
   Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7:32:14 AM
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.40.1
   DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.40.1
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 8.8.8.8
                                       8.8.4.4
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

While you are in the router you should set up reserved (also called static) DHCP for your TV Tuner Windows machine so the local IP is always the same.

If you don’t know your router model you can enter your router IP (above 192.168.40.1) in your browser and you will get a web interface with a router model that you can Google how to set up port forwarding.

When you’re done use your dynamic DNS address like this: http://htpcguides.crabdance.com:9000 and you will see this interface

pctv triplestick 292e distantv livetv stream