To get the most out of TV you also need to have Electronic Program Guide (EPG) data. If you use a DVB card and can get EPG data from your broadcast signal, then life is easy. If not, don't despair, MediaPortal provides other ways to easily get your EPG data. See TV Guide > Getting EPG Data.
When you select TV from the Home or Basic Home window, you will see the TV Home screen. You can choose to automatically turn on TV and even display it full screen when entering the TV Home screen. See Configuration > TV
There are several easy ways to change channels and select a program to watch.
MediaPortal supports timeshifting, which means your Live TV stream is saved to a buffer so you can pause, rewind and fast forward live TV like a video or recorded file.
Whenever you pause, rewind or fast forward using the timeshift buffer, a timeline will display in fullscreen TV.
The timeshift buffer will be kept even when changing channel. For example if you watch Channel A for 10 minutes then Channel B for 10 minutes and then rewind 15 minutes, you'll see the "recorded" timeshift from Channel A while still filling the timeshift buffer with Channel B.
The same time line displays as part of the On Screen Display (OSD).
When stopping timeshifting, a notification is displayed warning that the entire buffer will be removed. To disable this warning, see Settings (in MP) > TV Settings or MediaPortal Configuration > TV > TV Client.
While you are watching live TV in full screen, you can press Y or the Info/More remote button for the On Screen Display (OSD) which not only displays details about the current program, but also provides controls.
There are many additonal options which allow you to control almost all aspects of viewing and even recording TV directly form the Fullscreen TV action menu.
To access the Fullscreen TV action menu press F9 or the Info/More remote button twice (once for the OSD to show and then again for the Fullscreen TV context menu). For details on using all the options, see Actions menu.