Import Content from Streaming Services with Stream Links
With Channels DVR Server, you can import movies and TV shows from streaming services right into your library.
This is a simple way to aggregate content from other sources into your Channels library.
What is a Stream Link?
Stream Links are simple plain text files with URLs pointing to content on other services. They import into your Channels library just like Local Content. You simply use the appropriate naming conventions and add them to your
Imports folder in your DVR data folder.
Instead of a video that is played back, Channels knows that they are links and will open the appropriate streaming app to play them.
When creating a stream link, you should use the appropriate format. Use a
title for the filename. use
strmlnk for an extension. The content of the file should be a URL to another service.
Imports/Movies/Iron Man (2008).strmlnk
The content of this plain text file would be a simple URL to the content on Disney+
TV episodes would look like this:
Imports/TV/The Mandalorian/Season 1/1x01.strmlnk
Protip: For more information on directory and filename formats, read the Local Content documentation.
Where do you put them?
Once you have your stream links created, you’ll want to put them where Channels DVR Server will import them.
Inside your DVR data folder, the folder where all your recordings are saved, you will find an
Imports folder. Inside the
Imports folder, you’ll see folders for
TV. Move your stream links into the appropriate folders for Channels DVR Server to find them.
Channels DVR Server routinely scans for stream links and adds them to your library. If you want to add them right away, you can run a manual scan in the Local Content section of Settings in your Channels DVR Server web admin.
What about watch state?
Unfortunately, Channels has no means to know if you’ve watched something on a streaming service. Fortunately, Channels is really easy to use to manage this yourself right inside the app.
This means that a show based on Streaming Links can’t automatically partake in Up Next. But by manually marking episodes as watched, stream links can work just like the rest of your watchable content in Channels.
Channels supports Stream Links for quite a few services. Here’s a list.
- Amazon Prime
- Apple TV+
- HBO Max
URLs for Services
When creating Stream Links for specific services, you should use a specific URL format. The following lists an example format for each service.