About This Guide
MythTV is an open source media centre application which runs on the Linux operating system. It is similar to to TiVo and Sky+ in that it records TV from a tuner card onto the hard disk of a PC. It uses TV listings data to schedule recordings allowing it to automatically record whole series.
There are a wide range of plugins available to extend the functionality. Features available are:
- Record and playback TV from a number of tuner cards at once
- Pause live TV
- Display TV listings
- Record any selected programmes from the guide
- Record all episodes in a series
- Can archive any recorded programmes to DVD
- Can be controlled with a web browser over the Internet
- Can be controlled using a WAP-enabled mobile phone
- Can play MP3s and other audio tracks
- Plays downloaded MPEGS/AVIs direct to the TV
- Stores and displays digital photos on the TV
- Allows a number of frontends to view the content. These can be laptops or other PCs on the network.
- Allows a number of backends to record TV. These can be a number of PCs with tuner cards and large disks.
Ubuntu is an open source, linux-based operating system. It makes MythTV very easy to install, along with all the required multimedia applications and codecs. Plus, it will allow your media centre to function as a powerful desktop PC. Here are a number of the features available:
- Download shows over bittorrent for watching through Myth
- Surf the web from your living room
- Allow ssh and VPN access over the Internet for accessing your system
- Painlessly upgrade to the latest software every six months
About the Author
Garry Parker has been using and writing about MythTV since 2004. He has worked on a number of projects related to MythTV and Ubuntu; commercial, community and university based. He vents his artistic talents through his satirical side project, Ubuntu Satanic Edition.