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MythTV 0.25 Released, New HW Acceleration and Audio Standards Support 144

Posted by timothy
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unts writes "The highly configurable Linux PVR, MythTV, has reached the 0.25 release, over 500 days after the previous full release. New features include VAAPI support, E-AC3, TrueHD, and DTS-HD audio, the ability to control other home entertainment devices via HDMI CEC and additions to the API to allow HTTP live streaming. The release notes for 0.25 don't reflect the release status at the time of writing, but should contain most of the relevant changes. MythTV can be used as a backend (recorder) and frontend (viewer), but can also feed other frontends such as appropriate versions of XBMC. Hopefully the new HTTP streaming API will lead to even more ways to get your video fix."
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MythTV 0.25 Released, New HW Acceleration and Audio Standards Support

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @01:03PM (#39633193)

    It's one of the things I love about OpenBSD. They classify missing documentation on any feature as a bug.

  • by cayenne8 (626475) on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @01:34PM (#39633795) Homepage Journal
    I actually LOVED MythTV...back when I was watching HD over the air, in combination with getting free analog cable tv from my cable internet connection....there were also some HD (local stuff) on that unfiltered cable feed.

    However, I've moved about in recent years, and at the current new place, can't find the filter to remove for that cable internet connection. And now set up with UVerse, I wanted lots of HD content for new big plasma tv.

    I wish there was a way to integrate MythTV with Uverse....but until I can find a way to do that, Myth is not something I mess with any longer.

    I did prefer it...great for setting recording filters and keywords, etc. Much better than any DVR that comes with cable or uverse or satellite.

  • MythTV + XBMC (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Flammon (4726) on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @01:35PM (#39633819) Homepage Journal

    MythTV has great backend and XBMC has a great frontend. The combo is fantastic and I don't think there's anything in the proprietary space that offers anything on par. Truely jewels from FOSS.

  • by GlobalEcho (26240) on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @01:42PM (#39633913)

    I've been using [boonstra.org] MythTV for a couple of years on Mac Mini (running [mythtv.org] OSX rather than Linux), talking to an HDHomeRun [silicondust.com] network tuner connected to a broadcast antenna in my attic. The team has really improved the OSX port in the last few years, with the only lack of Linux parity being in the realm of hardware-accelerated playback.

    After dealing with the confusing setup screens and active channel scans, it has worked brilliantly, especially since the 0.24 release. The scheduling software is really good, especially using the web frontend. Watching TV on any computer in the house has been very convenient, and the automatic commercial skipping is pleasant.

    Between broadcast and online sources, I get most of what I want to watch, the exceptions being Game of Thrones and some cable-only basketball and hockey broadcasts. The complete, uncompressed HD signals over broadcast TV are perceptibly clearer than HD cable (or, worse, HD satellite) signals, which suffer from the compression.

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