[mythtv-users] Some first impressions

Mark Hutchinson markhsa at gmail.com
Fri Mar 9 16:18:15 UTC 2012

On Friday, March 9, 2012, jedi <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 08, 2012 at 11:40:51PM -0800, Ross Boylan wrote:
>> I've been using Vista Media Center as a stop-gap, and am now trying to
>> switch to MythTV on Linux.  Here are some of the things that struck me.
>> Getting it sort of set up was difficult, partly because I was trying to
>> do it in a chroot.  My system is Debian Lenny; the chroot is debian
>> testing, getting packages from Marillat's repository.
>> The system seems underdocumented.  In particular, I remain somewhat
>> confused about the different components involved in the setup and their
>> relation to each other.  There were more components than I expected:
>> capture cards, video sources and inputs all sounded as if they were the
>> same thing.  The name "video source" seems misleading; this seems to be
>> the source of programming information rather than video.
>> I have an HDHomeRun tuner (newer version, HDHR3-US) with US over-the-air
>> signals.  The ability of the Myth to handle more than one tunerwas very
>> important to me.  However, after setting everything up (including
>> setting # of tuners to 2 in the HDHR setup) I discovered I could not
>> record 2 shows at once.  Googling around turned up that I needed to
>> create a separate entry for each tuner, as well as the info that I could
>    Given that this is a network device and those tuners could be used
> quite litterally by anything (including another MCE box sitting on the
> same network), setting up each tuner separately makes a certain amount
> of sense.
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I certainly agree with the lack of documentation part.  Makes it pretty
challenging sometimes.  Though I hate writing documentation too.
Though with that, you end up searching the mailing list and get
Mixed info.
Any mature software does require documentation.  It's missing at this
point.  Likely mythtvs biggest failing.  IMHO
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