[NBLUG/talk] Quick note re: MythTV

Jeff Coffler jeff-list-nblug_talk at taltos.com
Tue May 2 10:41:16 PDT 2006

I'm in the process of setting up MythTV.  I'd be happy to post instructions 
here once I get everything flying ... but it's too early for me now.  Once I 
can record and play back, I'll post full hardware and setup instructions.

I'm planning on the Xbox as a front end (AC - and his prior talk - were 
fantastic resources here).

The backend is a generic server with lots of disk storage ...

    -- Jeff

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris Wagner" <chriswagner at amyskitchen.net>
To: "General NBLUG chatter about anything Linux, answers to questions,etc." 
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Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2006 10:22 AM
Subject: RE: [NBLUG/talk] Quick note re: MythTV

I have a friend that's been pestering me regularly to help him set up a
MythTV box under Ubuntu.  I've never set-up MythTV before, though.  I'd
love to get some links, gotchas, and ideas from you guys about hardware
and software concerns.

- Chris W.

-----Original Message-----
From: talk-bounces at nblug.org [mailto:talk-bounces at nblug.org] On Behalf
Of Scott Doty
Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2006 4:56 AM
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Subject: [NBLUG/talk] Quick note re: MythTV


Just thought I'd mention that MythTV can use firewire to a
suitably-equipped cable box in the Motorola DCT-6200 series (and perhaps

Myth can change the channel via firewire (both internally, and with an
external program) -- and many channels are available for mpeg-2 capture,
including some HDTV...

The cable box will even hand you mpeg2 data for analog channels -- woot!

I broke down and bought a new workstation a few weeks ago, then
discovered that I can't use my (5V) Hauppauge WinTV card in my new syste
-- so, my old ws sits there as a slave backend.  I'm using NFSv3/udp for
storage, with my new ws as the server -- it also runs the master backend
and (of course) mythfrontend.  (Note that the myth docs are a bit
ambiguous on this point; they say you need to have at least one capture
device on your master backend
-- but that turns out not to be the case...

One downside to this arrangement is setup -- there isn't any way to
specify with mythtv-setup that a given tuner supplies two capture
methods.  So, I have to be careful about scheduling conflicts, lest
mythbackend change the channel and start recording using (say) mpeg-2
when it is already recording with the composite feed...

However, I've been pondering the mythconverg schema, and I think it
might be possible to set up such an arrangement with a few well-placed
bits of sq(uea)l ...

Another downside is figuring out which channels are available over the
firewire -- I have some ideas for how to scan them automatically, but
won't have a chance to figure that out until this weekend...

p.s. oh btw, you can daisy-chain dct-62xx's on one firewire buss for
multiple tuners...

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