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The MythTV Convergence

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Enter MythTV, a grand unification of personal digital video recording and home theater technology, and a magnum opus of modular design, freedom of expression and personal entertainment. At its core, MythTV is a digital video recording solution composed of several modular components that facilitate time-stretched manipulation of live television feeds, but it's really much more than that. In this multi-part article, we examine the depth and scope of MythTV's capabilities. We start here from the standard MythTV base, then address the wide-open capabilities that make MythTV more than just a video recording suite - the capabilities that make it into a quintessential home theater PC (HTPC) system.

MythTV is a software suite that's available as a free download. It consists of a menu system, several plug-ins and a unique frontend/backend network architecture that can be used to transform an existing Linux, BSD, Mac OSX or Windows desktop computer into the multimedia entertainment centerpiece in your den, bedroom or office. Using MythTV, you can morph your desktop into a video viewfinder, a slideshow gallery, a DVD burning station, a VoIP phone console, a Netflix manager and more.

Hardware requirements are easily satisfied: MythTV can run on minimalist EPIA mini-ITX PCs (with or without integrated hardware decoding) all the way up to high-end server hardware with multiple processors and video capture cards. In essence, MythTV has the same minimum requirements as Linux, with the addition of audio/video hardware normally too specialized for typical desktop use. There are a number of compatible capture cards that work with Linux and MythTV, some of which are described here and there. Basic configuration requirements (as described in the MythTV documentation) are described in more detail later in this story.

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