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    Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    HEXUS details a step-by-step guide on building and configuring your own MythTV- and Linux-based home-entertainment server.
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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    We run a Mythtv setup in my flat. Dual tuner at the moment (two USB sticks).

    I run Ubuntu Feisty and use svn builds of mythtv via mythbuntu repos.

    Works nicely, we all love it.
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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    my grand plan currently is, when moving house:
    * get a satellite dish fitted, pointing at 28E and 13E (astra2/eurobird1, and hotbird6-8)
    * pull the DVB-T cards, kill the Top-Up sub (there's nothing good on it anymore anyway)
    * put in a pair of DVB-S cards (with the CI slot on one of them, for access to filthy foreign pornography)
    * use a USB DVB-T tuner or two for stuff that's not available unencrypted on satellite but is on freeview
    * finally get a frontend into the living room - i'm keeping an eye on developments in the mythtv source code to optimize it for ps3 linux, or there's always the mac mini option

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Very interesting read (y)

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    my grand plan currently is, when moving house:
    * get a satellite dish fitted, pointing at 28E and 13E (astra2/eurobird1, and hotbird6-8)
    * pull the DVB-T cards, kill the Top-Up sub (there's nothing good on it anymore anyway)
    * put in a pair of DVB-S cards (with the CI slot on one of them, for access to filthy foreign pornography)
    * use a USB DVB-T tuner or two for stuff that's not available unencrypted on satellite but is on freeview
    * finally get a frontend into the living room - i'm keeping an eye on developments in the mythtv source code to optimize it for ps3 linux, or there's always the mac mini option
    Thats pretty much what i would like to do when i get a bigger place. Although by that time FreeSat will be availebla for some HD goodness.

    At the moment i'm running a MediaPortal setup. I did try MythTV a few times in the past few years, but could never get my head around actually using and setting up linux. Although the driver issues should be a lot less significant now.

    Good to see the continuing development of MythTV though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    Thats pretty much what i would like to do when i get a bigger place. Although by that time FreeSat will be availebla for some HD goodness.

    At the moment i'm running a MediaPortal setup. I did try MythTV a few times in the past few years, but could never get my head around actually using and setting up linux. Although the driver issues should be a lot less significant now.

    Good to see the continuing development of MythTV though
    freesat's here already - it's just the mass market that isn't.

    right now, today, with the same dish as sky, you can get a variety of channels including the full BBC & ITV lineups (including BBC HD), DM Islam TV, Gems TV 2, GayDateTV, and other important material. the only real non-sky black mark is Channel 4, who will be unencrypted within 12 months, and Five, who suck anyway

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    I have a similar plan to directhex

    Going to be using the Hauppauge HVR3000 card and the CI module, just have to figure out which is going to be the best cam for the tv card and then take it from there

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlh View Post
    I have a similar plan to directhex

    Going to be using the Hauppauge HVR3000 card and the CI module, just have to figure out which is going to be the best cam for the tv card and then take it from there
    which encrypted service do you want to watch? remember, sky's t&c forbid using anythign that's not a skybox - and they have technological measures in place to block the viewing card of anyone who removes their viewing card to use in a PC

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    I wasnt thinking of Sky as tbh I have just cancelledmy subscription as the channels really arent value for money any more.

    More the eurobird, hispersat or hotbird, as long as there is a good variety of channels I really aint too fussed

    Not sure which would be the best option tho at this stage, I have a week or so to try and figure out which would be the best option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlh View Post
    I wasnt thinking of Sky as tbh I have just cancelledmy subscription as the channels really arent value for money any more.

    More the eurobird, hispersat or hotbird, as long as there is a good variety of channels I really aint too fussed

    Not sure which would be the best option tho at this stage, I have a week or so to try and figure out which would be the best option.
    i'd stick with free for now then matey - with a decent dish, you're still looking at hundreds and hundreds of channels

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Good read, thank you!

    May I just suggest the use of an X client instead of VNC, since tunneling X through ssh should be less of a strain on the network and there's no need to install a VNC server. That may not be a consideration of course. Also, there's an exellent native X client for Windows called Xming so it can be done from any platform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raber73 View Post
    Good read, thank you!

    May I just suggest the use of an X client instead of VNC, since tunneling X through ssh should be less of a strain on the network and there's no need to install a VNC server. That may not be a consideration of course. Also, there's an exellent native X client for Windows called Xming so it can be done from any platform.
    there were two reasons for the VNC & X session approach - firstly, many of the site's target demographic already use VNC on windows (so have a client installed). secondly, whilst remotely running apps is nice (and well documented), sometimes it's nice to have a proper desktop - for changing settings, for example, with apps which can be troublesome over a network

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    there were two reasons for the VNC & X session approach - firstly, many of the site's target demographic already use VNC on windows (so have a client installed). secondly, whilst remotely running apps is nice (and well documented), sometimes it's nice to have a proper desktop - for changing settings, for example, with apps which can be troublesome over a network
    Right, then I get it. However, I do think you can get an entire desktop via Xming. Maybe it's just me but sending an image, à la VNC, over the network rubs my technical-esthetic senses the wrong way.

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    I know this is slightly off-topic, but if someone could answer with a simple yes/no so I can investigate more, that would be great.

    After seeing network capable media players to play audio files, I wondered if there were TVs that did a similar thing, in order to access video files from a networked storage device (NAS). Turns out, there is. What I want to know is, is there a device which can record TV to be stored on a NAS for the whole network to use (networked TVs/PCs)? I suppose it's like a standard PVR, but with the hard drive elsewhere, attached to the network.

    I just get the feeling that if it can be done without the need for a PC, then it might be a whole lot easier.

    I'll probably still end up using a PC due to its flexibility, but I always like to know what my options are.

    EDIT - seems there is: http://www.digitaldeck.com/indexProduct.html

    This turned into a bit of a pointless post tbh. Sorry...
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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Thanks for posting the article which got me to get around to installing Ubuntu (I'm going to try to running Windows under VMWare, but that's a different story). Right now its doing its first boot (knock on wood).

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    This is a great article - and has re-sparked by interest to get a linux server up and running. My previous efforts all failed, just didn't have enought time to sort out all the issues.

    Having seen this though i'm re-energised!

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