MythTV, who needs a VCR anymore?

Some years back when I suddenly found myself an owner of a Digital TV Tuner Card for the PC, I started to play with the early releases of MythTV. Back then it took some pretty hardcore linux knowledge and one a very few supported cards, of which the one I had was not.

What’s MythTV? Well it’s a Linux based application that allows you to watch and record digital tv to your pc. The power of it comes with some plugins. It can be configured to videos stored on the local machine or a remote pc. Access to a web based recording scheduler to review upcoming show details and tee up recordings for the coming week. Easily browse all recorded shows based on the show title and more. Far better than shuffling tapes around.

MythTV Frontend Screen

Cut to 2007 and with the advancements in MythTV and Ubuntu everything was much easier. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I’m still a linux newbie, tinkering as much as I can, so I needed a little help to get MythTV running. I managed to find a few guides related to my hardware/software combination that helped out tremendously.

  • Garry Parker’s wonderful MythTV on Ubuntu guide. Without this guide I would have been very lost and ended up in a mess of configuration files . ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Adam Pierce’s MythTV and the TwinHan remote notes. I was rather concerned my cheap usb remote from years ago would not work at all, I thought wrong. Adam has all the settings and tweaks right there on the one page. ๐Ÿ˜€
  • OzMyth Community’s Australian TV Guide article. What’s the point of all this MythTV goodness if you don’t know what’s on?

It’s great being able to setup recording for a favourite show based on title. From then on MythTV will do all the work and record the show every time it pops up on the tv guide, no matter what time the station decides to put the show on.


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