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NextPVR (former GB-PVR) is a popular free personal video recorder application for Microsoft Windows, making it easy to watch or record live tv, and provides great features like series recordings, web scheduling, playing music, video and image files, Kodi/XBMC integration etc.

Released:Jul 31,2017
File size:33.8MB
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Latest version

4.0.4 (July 31, 2017)


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4.0.4 170731

- improved support for multi-program transport streams in the new reader
- added support for non 188-byte aligned transport streams
- misc reader/demux improvements
- fixed issue with aspect ratio not auto adjusting to match changes in the source content
- fixed issue where HE-AAC audio could get a popup telling them to select an AAC decoder, even though they already had

4.0.4 available (23rd July)

One of the bigger changes in this release is the introduction of a new NextPVR Reader/Demux component, rather than relying on the Microsoft Demux. This is a fairly substantial change. If you have problems with playback in the new release, you can tick the 'use legacy TS reader and Microsoft demux' checkbox to get back to the old components. I'd appreciate users posting feedback on issues with the new reader though, including logs, so I have a chance to look into these issues. When reporting these issues, it'd be useful to know if it effects live tv or recording playback, or both, and what decoders you're using.

As always, a big 'thank you' to those guys that have helped out with the testing and with the development of the web app!

- new NextPVR demux, for better control of audio/video playback, and improved support for LAV Video Decoder etc. This also improves performances how quickly video/audio appear when changing channels, or skipping during playback.
- added support for North American style closed captions with H.264 channels and recordings.
- much improved IPTV support, particularly with .m3u8 streams. For testers, if you're a NZ user, try importing '' - sorry, these are mostly geo-locked, so wont work for other areas.
- failed IPTV recordings will now include a decent failure reason (to make it clear to user if stream was unavailable from their specified URL)
- when importing IPTV channels from an .m3u playlist, you now have the opportunity to specify a xmltv guide URL. It'll do the mappings for any channels where the m3u 'tvg-id' matches the xmltv channel id.
- improved web player, so that seeking etc is possible. (still pretty basic, but better than it was)
- added support for creating season directories while recording, so you get filenames paths like "C:RecordingsCSISeason 1CSI.S01E01.Best Of Times.ts". This feature can be enabled on the Settings->Recordings screen.
- recording service wll now attempt to schedule an alternative recording of the same episode of any failed recordings, in scenarios like "recording service not running", "device failed to start", "zero bytes received from device". It'll prefer to use the same channel, but will fallback to others channel if the episode cant be found.
- if you add channels to a device, it'll now ask if you want to kick off an EPG Update
- added support for show artwork in xmltv
- added support for calling a PostLoadEPG.bat, just prior to scheduling the recurring recordings, allowing users to hook in EPG data manipulation prior to scheduling etc.
- now using DVB CRID for populating unique ID, to help reduce duplicate recordings for those using the DVB EPG
- removed 'update DVB EPG during live tv' setting
- using new TheTVDB API, so that artwork keeps working after the old API is turned off later this year
- updated version of
- improvements to teletext and dvb subtitles.
- changes to playback graphs to use a single audio decoder and audio renderer, to avoid long standing issue where some users would get stuttering in live tv.
- now able to double click a DRI channel to change its type between MPEG2/H.264.
- QAM / DRI / HDHR screens now more clearly identifying which channels are MPEG2 vs H.264
- Picture Library now supports images that have been rotated 180 degrees (upside down). You may need to empty C:UsersPublicNPVRThumbs to refresh already cached thumbnails.
- added support for mouse wheel tilt for moving left/right
- colored alt keys no longer generate default system beep when pressed
- now using friendly dates like 'yesterday' / 'today' / 'tomorrow' in most screens where dates need to be shown.
- new and improved SAT>IP device detection
- added Mute/UnMute context menu options.
- added ability to archive group of ready recordings, using new 'Archive' item in top menu
- added archive top level button in metadata screens (for use with Recordings screen)
- double clicking video during live tv or video playback will toggle fullscreen mode
- Microsoft DTV-DVD Audio Decoder now useable for HE-AAC and AAC.
- logging HDHR driver settings, to help identify selected 'Application' etc, since these are commonly asked support questions.
- updated NEWA - thanks UJB!
- fixed scenario where Micrsoft DTV-DVD video decoder would sometimes not hook up correctly for MPEG2.
- fixed issue that could cause the wrong aspect ratio for 4:3 channels in web and iOS applications.
- fixed issue that would cause plugins to not be loaded when using the 'Settings' shortcut from the tray app
- fixed issue where some analog tuners wouldn't start on the correct composite/svideo input until changing to another input and back
- fixed crash that could happen in 'bulk map' screen.
- fixed issue where channel could end up with no DVB EPG listings when multiple duplicate channels are transmitted on differ frequencies
- fixed issue where "Conflict Alternative Airing" recordings would ignore specified directory
- fixed issue that could occur at times with default show selection in TV Guide.
- fixed issue with movie rating info not being loaded correctly from Schedules Direct.
- fixed issue where back-to-back recordings would sometimes reflect the post-padding time as the end-time for the recording, even though it stopped writing to the file at the end of the show, and switched to another frequency (no padding)
- fixed issue that was stopping video playback in Edge browser.
- fixed issue with live tv timeline graphic beyond 30 minutes mark
- fixed issue with using AverMedia C985 HDMI capture devices.
- fixed a bug with pid mapping that could cause recordings to stop growing after second PMT update. (effecting HDHomeRUN via BDA, and SAT>IP devices). This may also fix the reason the HDHomeRun driver application needed to set to a profil other than 'NextPVR'.

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Devices Supported
NextPVR supports a wide range of capture devices. Supported digital tuners include DVB-S/S2, SAT>IP, DVB-T/T2, DVB-C, DMB-T, ATSC and ClearQAM.

NextPVR also supports specialist component/HDMI capture devices (like the Hauppauge HDPVR, HDPVR2 and Colossus), and Copy-Freely devices (like the Hauppauge DCR-2650 and HDHomeRun Prime). Old-school analog and FM capture devices are also supported, if SoftPVR components are available on your PC.

User Interface
NextPVR's user interface is designed to be easy to use for the entire family. NextPVR's interface provides a TV Guide for scheduling recording, Recordings screen for watching/managing your recordings and schedule, and Library screens for watching movies, listening to music, and viewing photos.

NextPVR enables you to view it's user interface out to devices like Samsung TV and Blu-Ray players, and LG TVs. You can also use the great X-NEWA to access NextPVR's interface on any platform able to run Kodi/XBMC. If it better suits your needs, you can also use the built-in addons in Kodi/XBMC, or MediaBrowser3, to user the backend television services provided by NextPVR

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17 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews

Wish I could say something good about this. The program errors at startup stating that there is no database found at /hushpc/NVPR, but why would there be if this is a new installation?

I've run Capture4ME, GamerCap and Hauppauge Capture (for the HDPVR2) without any problem, so I have no idea what the issue could be.

Apr 25, 2015 Version: 3.4.8 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

excellent software, very stable and strong for long captures of 2-4 hours. This is base software for Capture4ME, GamerCap and perhaps Hauppauge Capture (for the HDPVR2). Increase bitrate from 9mbs as desired in C\Users\Public\NPVR\config.xml for 720p. Record with Recordings , Man-Rec (no preview window).

Jan 12, 2015 Version: 3.3.8 OS: Windows 7 Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Tried and Tried to make it work with my Hauppauge 1600 and no dice. The older version works great. Maybe I am doing something wrong. Needs to have a downloadable instructions or something.

Oct 18, 2010 Version: 1.5.33 OS: Windows 7 Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 2/10

lorvix - you need to look into adding mc2xml.exe to GB-PVR

Oct 17, 2010 Version: 1.5.33 beta OS: WinXP Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

This is not very useable...There is no way change scanning options...i try it and can scan only qam64/gam128 with vrong frequensis...i need qam128/256 and freq.äs not work in finland cable..... :(

Oct 16, 2010 Version: 1.5.33 beta OS: Windows 7 Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 4/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 7/10

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