A Decent PVR For TuxTV?

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll have seen the posts I’ve made about my TuxTV project.

I’ve been looking around at various customised bits of software in order to get some sort of frontend PVR that I can plug into the backend streamer.

I found 4TheRecord (4TR), which is a nice little software package that allows you to view and record TV, using a backend server and a frontend viewer. Both of these are provided, and it will work with most TV tuner cards. It also have a lovely web interface with an EPG for recording selection.

The only problem with 4TR, is that it runs on Windows. That’s fine if you’ve got a beasty box (or two) with 4GB of RAM, and loads of CPU power to burn running Windows. And that you’ve also got money to burn for a Windows license. But practically, if you just want to make use of an old machine, this isn’t any good for you.

Digging around the net some more, I came across MythTV.

MythTV is a Free Open Source software digital video recorder (DVR) project distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL. It has been under heavy development since 2002, and now contains most features one would expect from a good DVR (and many new ones that you soon won’t be able to live without)

Sounds perfect doesn’t it?

MythTV Features
  • Watch and record analog and/or digital TV, including HDTV.
  • Pause, skip, and rewind live TV shows.
  • Completely automatic commercial detection/skipping, with manual correction via an intuitive cutlist editor.
  • Intelligently schedules recordings to avoid conflicts.
  • Parental controls to keep your kids out of the good shows.
  • Watch and archive DVDs.
  • Listen to your digital music collection.
  • Schedule and administer many functions remotely via a web browser.
  • Flexible client/server architecture allows multiple frontend client machines to access content served by one or more backend servers (although the most common installation consists of a single computer running both the client and server together).

That certainly gave me something to think about, and the interface isn’t half bad either. I’m going to give it a go (without the TV cards at the moment) to see if it can live up to it’s good reviews.

I’ll post a tutorial on how to install it, configure it, and my views once I’ve had a good play with it.

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