Originally Posted by whiteboy714
Emby can do all that except I believe key word recording. I've never seen a DVR do that, since they usually record through the drive.
I know you can of course record sports. So that might help you in that area. I haven't tried to get all games from a certain team.
Every decent DVR I've ever used, including Windows Media Center and JRiver Media Center, supports keyword searches for recording. I have no idea what you mean by "they usually record through the drive".
For keyword searches, there are various degrees of support, but the better implementations (such as JRiver) allow you to specify a list of criteria such as something along the lines of this:
Title contains 'NHL Hockey'
SubTitle contains 'Boston Bruins'
Duration > 120 minutes
Channel is one of (7.1, 576, 578)
The Title and Subtitle restrict the list to Bruins hockey games, the Duration eliminates 2 hour replay broadcasts, and the Channel list eliminates full length replays of games on the NHL Network. These options obviously go beyond simple keyword searching (which would be the Title and Subtitle portions, but could be extended to things like searching the Actor list or any other text field in the EPG data), but demonstrate some of the flexibility that some DVR's offer.
Windows Media Center keyword searches aren't quite that flexible (channel can only be restricted to 1 channel or all channels), but work well enough.
If Emby doesn't have keyword searches, then it's probably a waste of time for me to even try it out. Sporting events are just one good example of where keyword searches would be used.
Plex doesn't have keyword searches and from what I've seen also doesn't have a feature where you can tell it to record all games for a sports team.
I experimented with NextPVR (on Windows and my brother is experimenting with the Docker version) over the weekend are here are some initial findings:
- The setup process is an abomination in both Windows and Docker
- When scrolling through the channel list to restrict a recording to a specific channel, you get the call sign, but no the channel number which makes it difficult to know where you are in the list of channels
- The overall UI is very dated
- It can integrate with other UI's, such as Kodi, but the integration is FAR from ideal (all channel numbers are lost, for example)
The bottom line is that NextPVR doesn't look like a good option to me.
Mark suggested Channels DVR, but they don't have an evaluation option. It sounds like one can get a refund if unhappy with it, so it may still be worth evaluating.