With Schedules Direct now open for business, MythTV 0.20.2 has been released. MythTV 0.20.2 removes the Zap2It Labs free listings but now officially supports Schedules Direct. The memory consumption for mythfrontend has also been reduced by up to 75%, mythfrontend will also startup faster, and better scaling and anti-aliasing are among the other improvements. There is also a number of fixes and MythTV plug-in updates for MythTV 0.20.2. The release notes for MythTV 0.20.2 are available at MythTV.org.
Schedules Direct, the pay-to-use replacement for MythTV enthusiasts currently using Zap2It Labs for obtaining TV listings, has now gone live and is accepting customers. Schedules Direct will currently cost you $15 USD per three months, but prices are expected to drop by next year. Zap2It Labs is shutting down their free service on September 1st. The official announcement can be read here.
Earlier this year Zap2It Labs revealed they would be discontinuing their free XML schedule service that allowed United States users to get their local TV listings for free. These free listings are ending in September and led many to fear how they would be getting their listings for MythTV.
Last month Zap2It Labs announced that it would be discontinuing its free TV listings service through XML, which MythTV users inside of the United States depend upon for listing data. However, there is now hope that there will be a viable replacement by the time Zap2It eliminates their service in September of this year. Announced on the MythTV development list was word that representatives from a number of free software projects are working on the replacement. Specific details are still being kept secret, but Easy TV Data is being setup as a non-profit organization to provide free TV listings. More information should be available shortly.
The first public alpha release of Mythbuntu 7.04 is now available for download. Mythbuntu is based upon Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" and combined back-end/front-end for MythTV v0.20. All MythTV plug-ins also ship with Mythbuntu. For more information on Ubuntu and MythTV you can check out our recent article entitled Building An Ubuntu MythTV Box. More on Mythbuntu is available from their project website.
A new version of MythTV -- the popular Linux-based PVR application for media/HTPCs -- has been released. MythTV v0.20 delivers a new menu system, improved internal DVD player, support for DVB radio channels, and mouse support. The MythArchive plug-in for MythTV also supports recording directly to DVDs. More information can be found at MythTV.org.
This Linux distribution is relatively unheard of, in fact we hadn't even heard of it until the announcement came down early this morning on the Fedora marketing list. MythDora, as the name implies, is a combination of the MythTV project and Fedora Core. Presently, MythDora is based upon Fedora Core 4 and ships with MythTV-0.19. Several MythTV modules are also included. Beta test 2.22 is available at this time, however, MythDora v2.1 is stable at this time. More information on MythDora is likely to come in the near future, and the project's home-page is here.
We at Phoronix have just received a message from MythDora's Dennis Hand. While not listed on the project's page, the message states the MythDora testing ISOs are available from the ATRPMS server. The link to the MythDora v2.2 testing ISOs are available here. Be aware of warnings in this testing version and all bugs found are asked to be reported to the project's website. If you are unfamiliar with MythDora, we have a news posting from earlier in the day.
Based on the success of our first system build log (How to Build an Ultimate Gaming PC), Corsair has just published another system build log. This time we dive into the details of building a home theater PC. From component selection, system build, software installation, to watching and recording TV - we have every step covered in great details! Over 100 photos to document the process to show your readers how easy it is to put a HTPC together. This guide in its entirety can be read here.
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