We are happy to announce a new feature in public beta: TV Everywhere support!
What is TV Everywhere
TV Everywhere is a technology that allows you to use your cable login to access cable content via apps and mobile devices. TV Everywhere support varies by cable provider, but most traditional cable companies offer wide ranging support for TVE. Newer OTT providers may or may not support TVE logins depending on the channel.
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You will need:
- A major U.S. cable provider like Xfinity, Cox, Spectrum, DirectTV, Dish Network, etc.
- Channels Plus subscription
- Channels DVR server running on one of the following:
a. Mac with Google Chrome installed (into
b. Windows PC with Google Chrome installed
c. Linux PC or NAS using a 64-bit Intel CPU
d. Docker container using
Other DVR platforms (like ARM-based NAS or the NVidia SHIELD) do not currently support this new feature.
How does it work?
The various cable channels offer TV Everywhere login on their websites to let you watch cable streams in your browser. For example, you can watch TBS, Comedy Central, FX, or C-SPAN on your computer as long as you have a compatible cable provider login.
Channels DVR Server integrates with Google Chrome to automatically logon to these websites and import the cable streams into the Channels ecosystem. You can watch and schedule recordings with these live streams directly with Channels.
Since Channels DVR Sever runs in your home on your own PC/NAS, your cable credentials are stored securely in your home and never transmitted to any Fancy Bits or third-party servers.
How do I set this up with Channels DVR Server?
Update to the latest pre-release build of Channels DVR Server.
Click the gear icon in the DVR sources listing, and select
TV Everywhereand select your cable provider.
What channels are available?
The following TV Everywhere cable channels are currently supported by Channels Plus:
Note that these channels may or may not support your particular cable provider.
For OTT providers like DirectTVNow, PSVue, SlingTV, etc, compare this list to the channels above.
For traditional cable subscribers, you can expect to be able to access most of the channels above as long as they are part of your cable subscription package. However there can be exceptions- for example, Xfinity does not support TVE logins for any Viacom channels (Comedy Central, MTV, BET, VH1, CMT, Logo, Paramount, TVLAND).
In additional to the cable channels above, users in the USA with confirmed cable logins will get access to the following web streaming channels:
Why are there two versions of some channels?
Some channels are available in both EST and PST versions, and both will be added to your DVR automatically. When scheduling recordings, the DVR is smart enough to pick the earliest airing of a specific episode and will never record the same episode twice.
If you prefer either only EST or only PST feeds, you can hide the unwanted channels via the DVR web UI by clicking the pencil icon shown under the TVE source.
What channels are not available?
Local networks like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS are not available via the TV Everywhere feature. You can receive your local stations using a HDHomeRun CONNECT + antenna, or using a HDHomeRun PRIME.
Premium channels like HBO, Showtime, etc are also not available via the TV Everywhere feature.
A&E Network channels (A&E, Lifetime, History, FYI, Viceland) do not support live streaming via TV Everywhere.
Can you add support for ___ channel?
If a given channel offers a live stream on their website (along with a cable login option to watch the stream in a browser), then we may be able to add it to our TV Everywhere support. Email [email protected] with the URL to the website.
How does this compare to HDHomeRun PRIME?
- Pro: Access to local networks (NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, PBS)
- Pro: Streams do not count against your internet bandwidth usage.
- Pro: Cable TV keeps working even if internet goes out.
- Pro: Dolby surround audio.
- Pro: Secondary audio available with audio descriptions.
- Con: Limited to three streams per cable card
- Con: CableCARD can require monthly fee.
- Con: Some channels cannot be watched or recorded by Channels via HDHomeRun Prime.
- Pro: H264 streams are high quality but don't use a lot of disk space.
- Pro: No stream limits.
- Pro: Can watch and record cable streams that might be unavilable through HDHomeRunPrime.
- Pro: No CableCARD rental fees.
- Con: Stereo audio.
- Con: No access to local networks stations.
- Con: Not all cable channels are available.
- Con: Streaming bandwidth counts against monthly data caps.
What should I do if my login doesn't work or some channels are missing?
Use the feedback form provided on our website to let us know any issues you're having. Issues with your TV Everywhere source may be:
- Errors while signing in and setting up your TV Everywhere source
- Errors while scanning for channels
- Missing channels
- Errors while watching channels
- Errors while recording
Share your experience with the beta!
While this thread is locked for information use only, you should post a comment on the TV Everywhere Experiences thread: TV Everywhere Beta Experiences