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You're MythTV, no good for me

A friend purchased a generic smart TV box (running Android 4.2) for use as a PVR for her elderly mother for Christmas, but is seeking a port of the MythTV back-end. It seems like it should be simple, but neither of us has been able to find an answer. Compiling the source code is apparently not an option as that would void the warranty and they are not comfortable. Does anyone know of an alternative that isn't a paid subscription service (a TV guide like ICE TV) for Australia that will work? I'm not that smart in PVRs, but we are both comfortable with Linux at different levels.
posted by Mezentian on Dec 29, 2013 - 2 answers

DVR/PVR options without a cable box?

Living in on-campus housing for the next 3 years, and have school provided cable and no cable box. There is no dvr that I could get through the university. What are my best options for dvr-like service? [more inside]
posted by rmless on Jul 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Tivo Replacement options

My TiVo Series 2 has finally died. The hard drive has failed. I could replace the hard drive, but I'd like to upgrade my general environment. What are my options if I still want to be able to watch live TV with PVR functions? [more inside]
posted by idb on Jun 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me design an awesome multi-node home theater for my house

Help me build the bitchin'-est home theater multi-node network for my house. Let your imagination fly! [more inside]
posted by hincandenza on Nov 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Need help navigating the HTPC hardware options

I want to buy or build a home theater PC and I'm overwhelmed by the options for hardware. Mac or PC? Low-end or mid-range? [more inside]
posted by Dec One on Aug 20, 2011 - 17 answers

Extracting subtitles from recorded Australian TV?

Can I extract subtitles from TV shows that I record on a PVR into an *.srt file? I'm recording TV in Australia; my PVR records into files called *.ts, which I believe might be mpeg2, but also contain the subtitles that are broadcast. I've been compressing the recordings into avi files with Freemake, but then I lose the subtitles. Is there an easy to use program that will take a *.ts file and output an avi and and srt file? I've tried Subrip, but it didn't recognise the *.ts file. Thanks!
posted by surenoproblem on Jan 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Is there no way to get Tivo to work with a Cable box?

Does Tivo removing the IR output from series 3 machines upwards leave us screwed to use a cable box? Is there any way for a series 3/4 Tivo to control a digital cable box, and if not, what are our options? [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Dec 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me design a home entertainment system!

How do I choose the elements of a home entertainment system? I'm probably not a snowflake... [more inside]
posted by autocol on Nov 5, 2010 - 10 answers

What is the best way to set up a Windows 7 Media Center?

This weekend I'm going to be setting up, installing and configuring Windows 7 Media Center as a DVR. Do you have any recommendations on things to do or not do in order to get the most out of this? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on May 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me spend my hard earned

Blu Ray player and PVR/DVR recommendation [more inside]
posted by dmt on Mar 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me cut the cord with no regrets

Having been humbled by a growing cable bill, and emboldened by articles like this and this, I've decided to return my cable box and buy a HTPC to serve up TV, movies and other content... Help me avoid some common pitfalls and make this an enjoyable and money-saving endeavor! [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Feb 6, 2010 - 11 answers

We don't want to miss the ice skating

Setting up a PVR/DVR before the Olympics: feasible or not feasible? If so, what components should I buy? Guidance or current resources, please; current setup within. [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy on Jan 27, 2010 - 5 answers

What's My Best Option to Record Analogue and Digital TV?

I want to be able to record TV shows for both analogue and digital TV. I've done some research and have figured out that I basically have three options; a PVR, a PlayTV peripheral for my PS3 and last of all, a TV Capture Card for my laptop. I've done some research on all of these and have worked out some pros and cons but can't make up my mind. Help me decide what the best option is. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jan 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Satellite Feeds for Dummies

What equipment would I need to receive and record a satellite feed? [more inside]
posted by smcniven on Jan 12, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I save the shows from my PVR to my computer?

I have a Logik lpvr168 freeview PVR. I'd like to save some of the content I've recorded to my computer. How can I accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Sep 18, 2009 - 0 answers

Windows Based PVR Software

I'm looking for free PVR software, preferably for Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar on Jul 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Please help identify this weird RF connector?

Can anybody identify or adapt this connector on my Terratec cinergy 850e PVR box? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on Mar 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Standalone or vendor lock-in?

What's the deal with DVRs in America in 2009? Can I buy one off the shelf and take it home and hook it to the cable and use it successfully like a digital VCR or am I "supposed" to get one from my cable provider and get billed a monthly fee for some program-guide service I do not want? [more inside]
posted by Liver on Mar 19, 2009 - 14 answers

A PVR which manages channels on a cable box?

I'm looking for a DVD/HDD recorder which can control a cable box. Does anyone have such a combo up and running? [more inside]
posted by imperium on Mar 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Is the Blue Screen of TiVo fixable?

Does my TiVo Series 1's "Blue Screen of TiVo" mean that it is dead, or do I have my settings messed up? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Mar 4, 2009 - 5 answers

What is the best HTPC software?

What software (or set of software) should I use on my new HTPC for both DVR functionality and streaming internet video? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane on Jan 1, 2009 - 10 answers

Tivo vs. Time-Warner DVR

I have a Series 2 Tivo. After 5 months of no TV at all, I have TimeWarner cable again. In my area, T-W uses the Sci. Atlanta DVR tuner. It's less expensive than Tivo, by several $ a month. Is Tivo worth the extra $ and hassle? [more inside]
posted by theora55 on Sep 29, 2008 - 16 answers

Motorola PVR FF driving me nuts!

Motorola PVR fast forward freezing, and no ability to jump when it makes me go back to the start. Argh... [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish on Jul 20, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I hook up a homebrew HTPC to an analog TV?

How do I hook up a homebrew HTPC to an analog TV? [more inside]
posted by Ponsonby Britt on Apr 25, 2008 - 6 answers

a tivo we will go, a tivo we will go...

What's the best TIVO for me? [more inside]
posted by griffey on Feb 29, 2008 - 12 answers

Is MythTV any good? Is TiVo worth the crazy costs?

I'm getting cable for the first time in 5 years soon, and I'd like to get one of these new-fangled PVRs. I've found plenty of info on TiVos, but I'm having trouble finding recent information on alternatives, like MythTV. Does anyone have first-hand experience or quality links? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Feb 1, 2008 - 29 answers

Homebrew PVR with HD?

Just switched from cable to DirecTV (7 HD channels on cable just wasn't cutting it), and we have a Mac Mini we'd like to use as a DVR. Possible? Practical?
posted by joshuaconner on Dec 20, 2007 - 6 answers

Need help Building a PVR

I'm planning on building a PVR and need advice on TV card, PC and the PVR software. [more inside]
posted by WizKid on Oct 18, 2007 - 14 answers

Best PVR for a DirecTV subscriber?

PVRFilter: Please save me from my VCR. I'm a DirecTV customer, wondering what my best option is. DirecTV PVR receiver? Tivo? Or something else?
posted by owen on Oct 3, 2007 - 23 answers

Watching TiVo shows on another computer

Is there one of the PVR software systems (MythTV, SageTV, etc) I can use to access my TiVo shows over my network? [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick on May 26, 2007 - 5 answers

build my own media center?

I'm building a media center PC for my living room and I'm trying to plan out the hardware/software I'll need. So I have several questions. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Apr 28, 2007 - 4 answers

What would be my best source for HD Content and the best PVR to capture that content?

What would be my best source for HD content and the best PVR to capture that content? I just purchased a new HDTV. I have a Direct TV Tivo box that is only standard def. I figure as long as I have an HDTV though, I should try to get the most out of it. It seems my options are Direct TV with their HD PVR, a Direct TV HD receiver and an HD TiVo or MythTV set up, cable and one of their PVRs or cable and a Tivo or MythTV set up. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Apr 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Want to set up Mac-based DVR for non-basic digital channels. SOL?

I'd like to use my computer (an 867MHz G4 Mac) to record European soccer (to me, football) matches from digital cable when they are shown live on US cable channels like Fox Soccer Network and ESPN. [more inside]
posted by galaksit on Apr 23, 2007 - 6 answers

How to replace my Sky Plus box?

How do I replace my Sky Plus box? [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Feb 15, 2007 - 10 answers

How to stream video from a PC to a TV?

What is the simplest and least expensive way to stream MP3s and video in various formats to a standard TV? Considerably [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Jan 25, 2007 - 18 answers

I want to have files on my comp show up on my Tivo's browser sorted into groups, not as a flat list.

I want to have files on my PC or Mac show up on my Tivo's browser sorted into groups, not all as one flat list like they seem to do by default. [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Jan 5, 2007 - 2 answers

Pre-built MythTV boxes?

I'd like to buy a pre-built MythTV box. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by jewzilla on Jan 3, 2007 - 9 answers

SCART-hate and a mysterious Freeview signal

I have disconnected the SCART connector between our television and PVR. I did this in part because I think Freeview sends some signal at 4am which wakes up the TV and therefore everyone in the house. Is it really a disadvantage not to use a SCART connection? [more inside]
posted by boudicca on Dec 19, 2006 - 7 answers

Please suggest a cheap/simple pvr

My grandpa enjoys recording TV shows off his satellite feed (DishNet, I believe). The problem is, while the VCR (heh) has a timer, it cannot change the channels and what not. So I found out that he gets up a few times a night to change the channel and what not. I think some sort of PVR is in order. What is the cheapest/simplest thing I can get? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Dec 6, 2006 - 25 answers

USB-Based MPEG-2 Hardware Encoder..PVR not necessary

Can anyone recommend a good (preferably USB-based) hardware MPEG-2 encoder? Not a PVR, just an encoder. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Dec 3, 2006 - 2 answers

Is there an audio PVR for PC?

What would be a good software audio PVR to record an internet stream or line-in on a PC? [more inside]
posted by phirleh on Dec 1, 2006 - 6 answers

Recommendations for a TV Tuner Capture Card

I am looking to buy a tv tuner capture card for my pc. I have a kind of old 1.8ghz P4 with 512mb of ram. [more inside]
posted by antisocialiting on Nov 26, 2006 - 7 answers

Build The TV of the Future

Help me build an awesome PC-based media center for $2k [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Oct 26, 2006 - 9 answers

Does a MythTV-driven digital content capture card exist for use in Canada (Shaw)?

Does a MythTV-driven digital content capture card exist for use in Canada (Shaw)? [more inside]
posted by ThinkNut on Sep 10, 2006 - 7 answers

PVR power on by remote?

Can a Hauppauge WinTV PVR 150 remote (or any other remote) power on a PC natively? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs on Aug 29, 2006 - 12 answers

Roll my own torrent player for my TV

How can I build a machine (PVR?) that downloads torrents automatically via RSS and allows me to access them in a Tivo/DVR/PVR like interface on my television? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Aug 17, 2006 - 10 answers

I don't want to pay for bloody TiVo!

I know about MythTV and Freevo. My question to the hive mind is [more inside]
posted by evariste on Jun 19, 2006 - 30 answers

What PVR program will work with my All-in-Wonder X800?

I've got an ATI All-in-Wonder X800 XT video card. Where can I find a good PVR program that will work with this card? [more inside]
posted by Kraki on Apr 26, 2006 - 6 answers

Storing sensor data with video with Linux

I'm looking for reccomendations for Linux PVR software for a security camera application. I want to be able to store a lot (limited only by hard disk space) of high resolution video from a 3 chip DV camera (which will go through a TV tuner card). So far this is rather standard, but I have the (unusual?) requirement of needing to be able to store a lot of metadata from sensors with the video. (more inside!) [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Apr 7, 2006 - 3 answers

How do I copy videos FROM my PC TO my TiVo?

How do I copy videos FROM my PC TO my TiVo???? I see plenty of ways to copy video the other way, including TiVo's own TivoToGo, but what I'd like to do is copy videos I have on my computer (in various formats) TO the TiVo. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Mar 31, 2006 - 6 answers

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