KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


myth TV

Presented by Bruce Smith

mythTV is a GPL licensed suite of programs that allow you

to build the mythical home media convergence box on your
own using Open Source software and operating systems. There
are several personal video recorder PVR systems available.
TiVo is a well known subscription PVR appliance. There were
some comparisons made with TiVo during the presentation.

This link describes the features and function of myth TV.
To see how powerful this PVR system is, look at this URL:

Bruce Smith has a very functional PVR system installed in his
home. He has a backend myth server that does the recording
and two frontend myth boxes that are connected to his TV’s.
He has an analog signal cable and a digital cable converter

box connected to two PVR150 PC cards. The frontend boxes
just plug into the home LAN and his televisions. These boxes
replace remote cable converters and function the same.

You could configure your system with a single box. There are
myth TV drivers available from NVIDIA for their graphics
cards. The video signal quality looked great.

The myth TV backend box Bruce is using has a 300 Gb hard
drive. His system gobbles up 2 Gb of hard drive space per

hour of recording. That does give him 150 hours of stored
video programming. He can add more hard drive space easily
if he needs it!

The ease of configuring the myth TV backend server was
demonstrated . Marking what shows you want to record
from a GUI menu is easy. The frontend boxes have a user
friendly GUI interface for playback too.

What operating system is Bruce using on these boxes? Fedora

The myth TV user’s mailing list is the place to find out the
functional hardware and operating system recommendations.

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