How to Use NextPVR and Kodi to Watch Live TV on a Windows Computer

You can even record TV on Windows 10

Given the variety and quantity of programming available through the internet and streaming services, you might be wondering why you would need another program. However, if you would like to watch live TV on your PC and even be able to record what you view on a DVR, NextPVR and Kodi are the programs for you. Using a TV tuner to connect your cable or satellite feed to your PC will allow you to use these backend decoders to watch and record live TV on your Windows 10 PC.

What Is a Backend Decoder and How Do They Work?

If you’d like to watch live TV on your PC, Kodi cannot accomplish this by itself. To work correctly, Kodi requires a kind of software known as a backend that allows your PC to decipher any broadcast signals from your satellite antenna or cable box. By connecting to the backend through an add-on program, Kodi helps by creating a front end or connection that allows you to watch TV and search through channels.

One of the more popular and most recommended backend programs is NextPVR, which works very well with Kodi. In fact, the NextPVR add-on comes with Kodi already installed, which means you don’t have to download additional software to watch live TV on your PC. Additionally, NextPVR is completely free to use and easy to install on your computer with minimal fuss.

How to Install and Configure NextPVR on PC Windows 10

To download the latest version of NextPVR, you need to head to NextPVR's download page and select the version you need. Once the program has finished downloading, double click the program icon to open the installation wizard like any other windows program.

  1. From the NextPVR home page, click the Download button.

    NextPVR Download
  2. Select the Download NextPVR V4.X (Windows Only) to download the software.

    Windows Only Download
  3. Double click to open the installation wizard.

    Setup Wizard
  4. Review the License Agreement and click I Agree.

    License Agreement
  5. Select the Destination Folder for NextPVR.

  6. Click Install and wait for the program to finish installing.

How to Setup NextPVR on PC Windows 10

Once the program has finished installing, double-check that your TV tuner is set up on your PC. Using NextPVR, you can connect your device to the program.

  1. Once the program opens, right-click on the program’s front page and select Settings.

    NextPVR Settings
  2. Click on Devices in the left-hand column of the menu to select the tuner installed on your PC.

    NextPVR Devices
  3. Double click on the correct device, then scan for channels to populate the information.

  4. Return to the main NextPVR interface. Click on TV Guide or Live TV to start watching TV programs on your computer.

How to Record TV on PC Windows 10 With NextPVR

Now that you have successfully installed NextPVR and Kodi on your PC, you can start recording live TV directly onto your PC’s hard drive or on your computer’s network. NextPVR also has a great feature that allows you to add several minutes of padding before and after the recording in case of network delays or malfunctions.

  1. Launch the NextPVR application and open the Settings.

    NextPVR Settings
  2. Select the Recordings tab.

  3. Move your mouse to the top of the screen and select Man-Rec from the menu that appears.

    Manual Recording
  4. In the Manual Recording screen, select the Channel you want to record.

  5. You can also add advanced rules, including "title LIKE ‘news.” This will ensure that all shows with ‘news’ in the title are recorded.

How to Change NextPVR’s Recordings Settings

When you install the program, it will automatically select a folder like Temp to store recordings. However, you can change it to any folder you like.

  1. From the Settings Menu, select Recordings from the left-hand column.

    Recording Menu
  2. The Recording Directories window will show the default directory where your recorded videos will be stored.

    Default Directory
  3. To change the default directory, click the Edit button and select a new folder. You can also add additional directories by selecting the Add button.