Time to clear some disk space!

Not much going on lately, except that now that the summer is here, I get to clear out the backlog of shows that I recorded but didn’t watch. Including the entire season of Alias! It should actually be a fun summer. I find my viewing habits have changed so much with MythTV (or any PVR for that matter). I don’t feel the need to ‘keep up’ with shows any longer, with the exception of a couple reality TV shows.

SageTV 5.0 – Claims “First PVR Software with Built-in TV, Music & Photo Placeshifting”

“SageTV Media Center today becomes the first full-featured personal video recorder/media center software product to offer placeshifting capabilities enabling users to access their live or recorded TV, music and photos on any PC when they are away from home.”

Huh? First? I call bullshit. MythTV has been placeshifting music and videos for years. Is it the fact that it doesn’t “placeshift” photos? That hardly seems like enough innovation or differentiation to claim “First”.

Link: PVR Spot: DIY PVR, TV Cards and more » Blog Archive » SageTV 5.0 – First PVR Software with Built-in TV, Music & Photo Placeshifting:

Announcing MythTV Tips

I’m introducing a new section of the site: MythTV Tips. I’m kicking off this blog after assembling several questions (both mine, and from others) about how to actually use MythTV. There are SOOOOO many features in MythTV, some documented well, and some.. not so much. I am going to use this site to publish my personal tips, tricks, tutorials for MythTV.

Feel free to comment with any questions you have, and I’ll do my best to answer.
You can subscribe to MythTV Tips via RSS

First up: MythTV’s new Edit Keys feature

Update: February 19, 2019

I’m no longer running my MythTV Tips blog. I need to consolidate down to one blog, and this is it.

Orb drops the ball with DVR Everywhere

Just caught this on PVR Wire:

Orb Networks has released their new DVR Everywhere software, allowing TiVo users to access content directly from their Series 2 box anywhere in the world over an Internet connection.

Not sure why the good folks over at PVR Wire say that this would work with "Presumably any other networked PVR", everything I see on the site says ‘TiVo only‘. It’s really a pity, because Orb had previously managed to stay away from any platform specific media sources. I see this as a step in the wrong direction for them.

StormLogic contributes some tidbits of code for MythTV

I just ran across this site: StormLogic, LLC’s MythTV Store – Contributed Code where there are a few bits of interesting code for MythTV.

The two I find the most interesting are DVB Fixer Scripts:

"DVB fixer scripts v1.1, used to automate the manual process of using an HD-3000 card with the DVB drivers"

and mplayer-resume.pl

"mplayer-resumer.pl, a wrapper for mplayer that remembers where you left off."

When much of my time watching transcoded HDTV shows was spent using mplayer instead of the internal player, I was always frustrated by the lack of a ‘bookmark’ capability in mplayer. The mplayer-resume.pl script is a nice workaround to that problem.