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A Beginning Look At MythTV

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Television: we may grumble about its poor quality and the time it wastes, but we don't want to miss our favorite shows. MythTV to the rescue!

MythTV is a software package that lets you turn your Linux-based computer into a television and personal video recorder (PVR) by recording shows onto the hard disk. MythTV lets you select the TV shows you want to record by using an on-screen menu, pointing and clicking your way way through a schedule by show name or time.

MythTV is similar to TiVo in its ability to record TV shows onto a hard drive. MythTV also offers a point-and-click scheduling feature with TV listings downloaded off the Internet, the same way that TiVo does. Unlike a TiVo, however, you can build as much storage into a MythTV box as the Linux kernel and/or your budget allows. With its links to Xmame, MythTV also lets your box act as a video arcade. Similar to the X Window System, MythTV is set up on a client/server model. This means the TV tuner card(s) can be in one computer while the display is in another computer(s).

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