Many think of MythTV as the ultimate Digital Video Recorder and home media center hub. You can also think of it as a Free and Open Source alternative to Windows Media Center or Tivo. It started out in 2002 as a way for Isaac Richards to produce a better TV-viewing environment than his cable company's digital cable box could provide, and through the help of the open source community quickly grew into a powerful tool for watching and recording television. With its plugin architecture, it has been transformed from a mere TV viewing application into a full home media center suite, capable of managing your personal photo, video, and music collections, as well as keep you up to date with the weather, a ZoneMinder home security system, and much, much more.
- Pause, skip, and rewind live TV shows
- Completely automatic commercial detection and optional skipping
- Intelligently schedules recordings to avoid conflicts
- Interfaces with TV listing sources such as XMLTV or PSIP
- Interfaces with nonprofit subscription listings service Schedules Direct in the US and Canada
- Schedules Direct delivers same Tribune Media Services listings that TiVo and other recorders use
- Supports ATSC, QAM, and DVB high-definition television
- Supports Xv, OpenGL, and VDPAU video output
- Plays recordings at an accelerated or decelerated rate, adjusting the audio pitch as necessary
- Schedule and administer various system functions using a web browser-based interface
- Controls a settop box using an infrared remote (IR blaster), or firewire
- A backend server and frontend client architecture, allowing multiple frontend client machines to be remotely served content from one or more backend servers. A single computer can perform as both the frontend client and the backend server.
A good program, but very difficult to configure.
Poorly presented. Not for beginners. No option to choose where to install the application files. Installer creates Start Menu items only for the admin account used to install the program instead of for all users. Not worth wasting time trying to work out how to use it.