[mythtv-users] Play Myth recordings on a Windows box

Gary Dawes gary.dawes at gmail.com
Thu Nov 1 21:56:50 UTC 2007

On 01/11/2007, Gary Dawes <gary.dawes at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 01/11/2007, Bruce Nordstrand <brucen at ksl.com.au> wrote:
> >
> > Howdy all
> >
> > I have just completed a mythrename of all my recordings and shared the
> > directory via Samba. My wife wants to play them on her Windows machine
> > while the TV is in use doing other things. But Media Player is saying
> > that it can't play them. They all have .mpg extensions. Does anyone know
> > what codec I need to install on Windows to get the Myth recordings to
> > play in Windows Media Player?
> >
> > Cheers
> > Bruce
> Myth recordings are usually one of three types, mpeg2 from a hardware
> capture card, mp4 (divx/xvid) or rtjpeg from a software capture card. Divx
> and xvid is fairly easy to sort.
> for Mpeg2 recordings I have found that the best approach is to ignore
> Windows media player. Download a media player called smplayer, which is a
> nicely packaged up version of Mplayer, and associate the file type with the
> player so that you can double-click the file from Windows Explorer. Even
> easy, and most like a proper front end for windows is mythtvplayer, as it
> has a recordings window so you can view the data, and play and delete
> recordings. Also when you exit the recording part way through it will write
> the save position back to the myth box, so that if you resume playback, it
> will pick up from where you left off.
> I watch 98% of the programmes I record using mythtvplayer, and whilst not
> perfect, it does a mighty fine job.
> regards
> Gary

p.s. just decided to have a quick glance at the mythtvplayer website, and it
is now starting to allow live tv watching as well as recordings. I don't
think anything else on windows will do that.

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