[mythtv-users] I like the MythTV frontend

George Bingham georgeb1962 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 04:54:42 UTC 2018

On Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 11:01 AM Tom Dexter <digitalaudiorock at gmail.com>

> On Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 8:54 PM, Ian Evans <dheianevans at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I know that many like the fine frontends of Plex and Kodi, and that's
> great,
> > but I just wanted to let the frontend developers of MythTV know that I
> love
> > the MythTV frontend. Been using it since 2011 and have no desire to use
> > anything else.
> >
> > So thanks for making a system that just works.
> >
> Yes! Can't be too many +1s for this! Couldn't do without my
> mythfrontend. Still working like a charm on my ancient hardware no
> less. Many thanks to the devs!
> Tom

I second and third these sentiments!!

I am an old school OTA TV watcher that runs an (almost) always on combined
BE / FE on my now ancient vizio 50" dumb tv. It hooks up to the VGA
connector, and audio in from the computer's sound card. It's got an old PCI
hauppauge card with two tuners and a small digital HD antenna that I have
to move around to get good signals as the weather changes.

I can't even afford the subscription prices for the guide so I get it via
EIT. Every time I see a movie or a new tv show I want to  record, I have to
use the metadata query to get the inet ref so I get good visual metadata to
see in my recordings listings.  Since EIT doesn't include that info or
season and episode numbers for recurring shows I often look them up and
fill in the blank data so if I decide to "save" the recording (i.e. cut out
the commercials and transcode into x.264) I have valid season and episode
numbers. It's a bit of work but I LOVE LOVE LOVE watching commercial free
tv. and the picture quality can't be beat!

Elsewhere in my house we have cable TV from a well known provider, but if
it's a sporting event or something that goes fast like 'Dancing with the
Stars', you can tell that the compressed signal coming over cable is not as
clean as the pure mpeg2 direct from broadcast!

And the sound quality is much better too - not sure why it is, but if I use
HDMI from my cable box, I have to turn the volume up like twice or three
times higher than what the computer delivers to the tv via the simple audio
input wire.

Although out of curiosity I have tried using kodi frontend and plex, but
neither gives the myth tv experience like I want. I even had the kodi /
mythtv plugins that allowed me to watch live tv and schedule recording and
such, but since I couldn't edit the commercial cuts, I quickly realized I
had to go back to just straight mythtv! Now I don't even have kodi

 Every year or so I check out the updated themes and experiment with new
layouts and such, but I usually switch back to the standard mythtv theme.

I am impressed that this ancient workstation (duel first generation zeon
cpus and 4 gig of ram) can do 3 recordings at a time, while I'm watching a
fourth recording, and still run commercial detection on everything as it
records and nary a lag when I press pause or anything!

The only thing that would make it better is an infinite size storage

So thanks to everyone involved in this list, to the developers who work on
both the frontend and the backend and everyone who develops themes and
everything else!

It is really special to have and I really enjoy watching my favorite tv
shows without commercial interruptions!!


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