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README.md

smart-tv-telegram PyPI PyPI - License Docker

A Telegram Bot to stream content on your smart TV (also Chromecast, FireTV and other UPnP device)

Demonstration video

poc

Feature

  • Streaming, the bot will not have to download the entire file before playing it on your device
  • You can play anything if your device has the right codec
  • You can stream on any device that supports UPnP (AVTransport)
  • Chromecast, Vlc (telnet api) and Kodi (xbmc http api) support
  • Streaming over HTTP
  • Web interface that plays videos in your browser

Note: Chromecast (1st, 2nd and 3rd Gen.) only supports H.264 and VP8 video codecs

Note: Most LG TVs with WebOS have an incorrect UPnP implementation, throw it in the trash and buy a new TV

How-to setup

Make sure you have an updated version of python, only the latest version will be supported

(currently it also works on Python 3.6)

  • Download the repository
  • Install python dependencies from requirements.txt
  • Copy config.ini.example to config.ini
  • Edit config.ini
git clone https://github.com/andrew-ld/smart-tv-telegram
cd smart-tv-telegram
python3 -m pip install wheel
python3 setup.py sdist bdist_wheel
python3 -m pip install dist/*.whl
cp config.ini.example config.ini
nano config.ini
smart_tv_telegram -c config.ini -v 1

How-to setup (Docker)

  • Copy config.ini.example to config.ini
  • Edit config.ini
  • Build Docker
  • Start Docker
cp config.ini.example config.ini
nano config.ini
docker image build -t smart-tv-telegram:latest .
docker run --network host -v "$(pwd)/config.ini:/app/config.ini:ro" -d smart-tv-telegram:latest

Troubleshooting

Q: How do I use the web interface?

A: Set enabled to 1 in web_ui config block, and change the password

  • open http://listen_ip:listen_port/static/index.html

  • now if you send a video in the bot on telegram you can choose to play it in the browser

Q: My Firewall block upnp and broadcasting, how can use kodi without it

A: Set xbmc_enabled to 1 and add your kodi device to xbmc_devices list

Q: What is the format of xbmc_devices

A: A List of Python Dict with host, port, (and optional: username and password)

example: [{"host": "192.168.1.2", "port": 8080, "username": "pippo", "password": "pluto"}]

Q: How-To control vlc from this bot

A: set vlc_enabled to 1 and add your vlc device to vlc_devices list

Q: What is the format of vlc_devices

A: A List of Python Dict with host, port, (and optional: password)

example: [{"host": "127.0.0.1", "port": 4212, "password": "123"}]

Q: How-To enable upnp on my device that use kodi

A: follow this guide (you should enable remote control)

Q: How do I get a token?

A: From @BotFather

Q: How do I set up admins?

A: You have to enter your user_id, there are many ways to get it, the easiest is to use @getuseridbot

Q: How do I get an app_id and app_hash?

A: https://core.telegram.org/api/obtaining_api_id#obtaining-api-id

Q: The video keeps freezing

A: Check the video bitrate, this bot supports maximum ~4.5Mb/s