How can I record what I watch on my Android TV Box?

I bought a low budget Android TV box to connect with my smart TV and take advantage of the broader selection of apps. It turns out, though not what you might think at first glance – recording what’s on-screen can be done if your device has an appropriate media center app installed!

Can I record from my android tv box?

Yes, you can! Several apps can record from your Android TV Box, the best one being “Kodi”. Here’s how it works:
– Kodi can be installed on pretty much any device. It can run directly off an external hard drive or USB stick if necessary and does not have to stay connected all the time for you to use its recording functions! You can also install Kodi onto a Windows PC and many other devices such as smart TVs, Firestick etc. So basically, anywhere with an HDMI port will do – whether you need wireless connectivity is another question…
You’ll then need the IPTV Recorder plugin for Kodi. The IPTV Recorder plugin will allow us to record TV streams from the PVR IPTV Simple Client plugin. We can schedule the recording, enable immediate or cyclic recording.

How to set up a PVR in Kodi

When it comes to PVRs in Kodi, there are two options that you can choose from. The first option is your aerial wire feeds into the computer and broadcasts live TV over Internet connections. In contrast, the second method is possible thanks to M3U files that directly provide access to TV feeds through online providers. This method works just fine without any fancy hardware like antennas required, so long as you follow some simple steps before adding these addons onto your system, you will be fine!

Adding a PVR to Kodi: simple steps

Adding the PVR to Kodi is similar to adding any other addon, except that you don’t need to configure a repository first.
Step 1: Select the Settings icon in Kodi to access the settings menu.
Step 2: Go to Settings -> Select Add-ons and switch “Unknown sources” to On if it isn’t already.
Step 3: Go to the Kodi homepage.
Step 4: Select Add-ons, then My addons.
Step 5: Select and install the PVR IPTV Simple Client.
Step 6: Select Configure and select M3U Play List URL.
Step 7: Enter either of the following URLs into the box, then select OK: nn or
Step 8: Now, return to the home page by clicking OK.
Now you should see a message telling you that the PVR has been loaded with some channels. You’ll then need to reboot your Kodi and wait for it boot back up, at which time all of its features are available directly from the homepage.
The M3U source is excellent and can currently load 480 IPTV channels. Many of those are non-English, so you will probably need to filter them by language, but it is a simple process with the options button at the bottom of your TV Channels page. Toggling ‘Filter’ on does just that – adding English as a selection removes many unwanted ones while leaving over 200 English speaking stations available!
Create your IPTV channel list for Kodi
The M3U sources mentioned above provide many IPTV channels and are frequently updated, but you may also make your own. You’ll need to start by discovering some channels. We’ll make the necessary file to import into Kodi after that. To create the file and URL, we will use Pastebin.
Google is your savior in this situation. Look for IPTV channels on Google and copy a list of the ones you’d want to watch. Several Facebook groups focus on channel listings as well.

1 – Go to Pastebin. If you don’t have an account, you can use the site as a guest.
2 – Copy and paste all of the IPTV channels you’ve gathered into Pastebin.
3 – Change the list into the following format so that Kodi may use it.
4 – At the bottom of the Pastebin page, select “Submit.”
5 – Copy the website’s URL from the top of the page.
6 – In Kodi, Open PVR IPTV Simple Client.
7 – Select Configure and paste your M3U Play List URL in the space provided.
8 – Select OK and restart the program.

To create your own M3U playlist, you must follow a precise format.

It should be:

#EXTINF:-1,Channel 1 Name
Channel URL
#EXTINF:-1,Channel 2 Name
Channel URL
HereĀ“s an example:
rtmp://$OPT:rtmp-raw=rtmp:// app=vmma-jim-rtmplive-live playpath=jim live=1
#EXTINF:0,Student Live Stream
#EXTINF:0,TicTac Sample
#EXTINF:0,BigBucksBunny 3 Levels
(taken from

You may also include additional information to your playlists, such as language, group category, a parental control PIN code, audio track choices, and more based on what you want. The Simple IPTV website has a detailed page that explains your choices. They aren’t required to make it work; they’re just there as an option.

There’s a little effort required to build your IPYV list, but this is the best way to have complete control over what is included. Ready-made channel lists are extensive, covering a wide variety of topics and languages; however, making your own is the best way to make a list exclusively in your native language and hobbies. Just follow the procedure as outlined above, and you’ll be up and running in no time.
When you get IPTV URLs from the internet, some of them will not work. Some will operate correctly, while others will come and go. It’s a good idea to keep your M3U file as up to date as possible to achieve the best outcomes.

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