The m3u file from your provider does not include group information. Be sure to add '&type=m3u_plus' when you request the m3u file from your provider.
If you use another XMLTV source, open the file to retrieve channel ids you want. Ex: <channel id="showtimefamilyzone.us">
On provider tab:
Goto EPG tab, click on a country to expand its list of available channels
Starting with Kodi v.20 using PVR IPTV Simple Client, VOD and TV Series channels will be moved to 'Recordings' and Media Library. See here for more info
Media scrapers can be used on recordings, so metadata will be displayed in Kodi media library.
Here are the steps:
To use the new Media features in Kodi, you first need to specify content type on groups containing movies, tv series or radio. Also cleaning up channel names could be necessary for media scrapers.
Enter characters you want to replace from channel names. Leave 'With' field blank to remove characters. You can enter multiple sets of characters separated by a semicolon ';'.
Note: replacements are done following 'Create List' action in 'Convert' tab.
Make sure at least 'Show Media as recordings' and 'Include VODs as media' are active.
Go to Videos, and add a new video source:
Click 'Browse' and select 'Recordings':
Note: you need to import a m3u list containing media tags previously. You will not see 'Movies' and/or 'TV Shows' otherwise.
Set content type to Movies:
Select the information provider (scraper) you want and adjust settings to your liking:
Click 'Yes' to do a library scan. You can redo the previous steps for 'TV Shows'.
Kodi has a settings file you can modify for this in advancedsettings.xml
Add the PVR section below and adjust it to your liking.
If the file does not exist on your system, create it.
See more info on advancedsettings.xml
<advancedsettings version="1.0"> ... <pvr> <pvrrecordings> <sortmethod>1</sortmethod> <!-- 1=Name 2=Date 3=Size 4=File --> <sortorder>1</sortorder> <!-- 1=Ascending 2=Descending --> </pvrrecordings> </pvr> ... </advancedsettings>
advancedsettings.xml is stored in Userdata folder:
Userdata location based on operating system