[kwlug-disc] mythTV - not paying attention?

Colin Mackay zixiekat at gmail.com
Fri Oct 2 12:23:44 EDT 2009


I built my first Myth system a few years ago and it still is running today.
It doesn't do hi-def yet, but here is what I used to do the whole frontend /
backend thing and it cost less than $300.

Small desktop case
P4 Celeron 2.4
512 meg ram
Hauppauge PVR-150 tuner card (Analog Cable + Composite Video and L/R audio)
DVD-ROM
80 gig HDD
nVidia 6200 AGP video card

When I got my tuner card, it came with an MCE infrared remote and USB
infrared receiver.  Myth can pretty much do everything you want, but the
internet radio is a little iffy.

I do agree MythBuntu is a good first time distro.  If you prefer Redhat,
there is also MythDora.

The only issue I still have is with the PVR-150.  When I use the composite
input, I still get this buzzy audio.  There is a fix for it, but it's still
annoying since the bug has been hanging around since 2006.  I am not sure if
it affects the cable input.

You can still find PVR-150's.  I am not sure of how well Myth supports some
of the newer Hauppauge cards out there, I'll let others on the list answer
that.

You will need to fork over $15 / year to schedules direct for the guide
information, FYI.


On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 12:08 PM, L.D. Paniak
<ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com>wrote:

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> I've have internet radio streams working in myth in the past.  It was a
> bit of a hack.  I had to modify the xml for the media page to include
> the player with sources and make sure the player (mplayer?) saw the
> remote.  It worked well once the smoke cleared.
>
>
> Daniel Agar wrote:
> > Mythtv will do most of what you want, I'm not sure about the internet
> > radio though. Do you have any spare hardware lying around or are you
> > looking to build from scratch? If you just need to record and playback
> > analog cable and standard dvds even a pentium 3 will do just fine. Do
> > you have a price range in mind? Mythbuntu (http://www.mythbuntu.org/)
> > is probably the easiest distro for myth setup currently.
> >
> > On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 11:45, Insurance Squared Inc.
> > <gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:
> >> There's been a lot of myth TV on the list lately....that I've been
> ignoring
> >> since I don't have any interest.  Until yesterday :).
> >>
> >> I'm going to put a tv and system into our home gym.  I want to install
> >> something that will do:
> >> - cable
> >> - dvd
> >> - internet (i.e. download and play videos (legal ones :), I've signed up
> for
> >> some exercise sites that sell videos online).  As an aside, if there's
> any
> >> cyclists out there, check out racedayrush.com - free cycling videos.
> >> - and maybe, some sort of internet radio.  Because it'd be nice to watch
> the
> >> videos but with sound coming from an internet radio station or a
> playlist of
> >> some kind.
> >> - and maybe satellite in addition to cable.  Not a dealbreaker though.
> >> - and a remote of some kind that we can use to control from the
> treadmill or
> >> bike.
> >>
> >> I had a brief look at some sites last night but there's a lot going on.
>  Any
> >> experts want to provide a summary as to:
> >> - hardware; build my own or by off the shelf? If so, what should I buy?
> >> - software; looks like a lot available distros (except my preferred
> Mandriva
> >> distro).  I'd bet I can just burn an ISO - but what distro should I use.
> >>  The myth tv site had dozens.
> >>
> >> Thanks!
> >>
> >> g.
> >>
> >>
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