[mythtv-users] install Myth on an off-the-shelf system

dargllun dargllun at googlemail.com
Fri Dec 10 18:30:39 UTC 2010

Am 10.12.2010 09:26, schrieb okcancel:
> I need to *remotely* help a non-technical relative setup Myth.
> He will follow basic instructions like point, click, type,
> connect keyboard, mouse, network cable, coax cable, etc.

May I ask what exact added value your relative is looking for? I mean 
over a standard HD recorder / PVR box you can buy anywhere?

Don't get me wrong, I'm all pro MythTV (obviously) but I've been asking 
myself a couple of times why I still bother... The answer is of course 
that it's just one of my hobbies. I just like the tuning (no pun 
intended) and puzzling, upgrading, breaking and getting them up again. 
But these are technical, geeky reasons. I believe the main benefit of 
MythTV recognized by non-technical people would be the commercial 
skipping function. And maybe the fan-art. But all in all, I'd still 
wonder if it was worth it. How does the system perform over a longer 
uptime? How do you handle upgrades (system and mythtv)?

I'm sorry if this sounds too negative or even heretical to you or 
others. Also, I'm happy for all success stories we could read here, hats 
off to all of you. I also know that if you just leave a running system 
alone, it's probably pretty stable. (I know I shouldn't be upgrading 
constantly on all fronts.) I'm not saying it is impossible, but I 
somehow doubt it's worth the trouble and time.

Anyway I'm curious about other opinions and definitely all success 
stories yet to come.


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