MythTV PVR

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Live TV and PVR Setup Guide:
  1. Introduction
  2. Setting up the recording software
  3. Configuring live TV settings in XBMC
  4. The basics of Live TV and recording
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MythTV is a Free Open Source software digital video recorder (DVR) project that is designed to run on Linux, although other operating system packages are available. With MythTV you can watch live TV, schedule recordings, view episode guide information, and many other features you'd expect from a DVR type device. MythTV can also be setup with multiple backends (master/slave) and multiple frontends to spread out the workload of recording, scheduling, and post processing jobs. More information on MythTV can be found on their official website.

The released addon supports MythTV Backend version 0.24 - 0.27.

Contents


1 Installing MythTV

MythTV can be setup on a variety of Linux distributions and also on Mac OS X. The MythTV Wiki page has several pages of detailed instruction sets for various distros and tuner types.

2 MythTV quick start guide

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If your tuner hardware is not detected or is having issues, check http://linuxtv.org for driver support.

3 Connecting XBMC to MythTV

  1. Go to Settings -> Add-ons -> Enabled add-ons -> PVR Clients and select the MythTV add-on
  2. Select "Configure"

4 Settings

4.1 General

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MythTV Backend Hostname or IP
The hostname or IP address of the server where MythTV / MythBackend is installed. If backend and frontend run on the same machine then 'localhost' can be used.
MythTV Backend Port
The default is 6543 but this will need updating if you have changed it in the MythTV settings.
MythTV Database Username
The default is 'mythtv' but this will need updating if you have changed it for the MythTV database.
MythTV Database Password
The default is 'mythtv' but this will need updating if you have changed it for the MythTV database.
MythTV Database Databasename
The default is 'mythconverg' but this will need updating if you have changed it in the MythTV settings.
MythTV Backend Ethernet address (WOL) [GOTHAM]
Add the MAC address of your backend to allow the addon to wake up the backend using WOL.
Include more debug information in the log file
If turned on, additional debugging information is written to the log file. This should be turned on if you want to debug or report problems. It should be off for normal usage.
Enable Live TV
This enables Live TV. Switch it off if you do want to use MythTV only for watching recordings.
Allow Live TV to move scheduled shows
This allows MythBackend to move scheduled recordings to another tuner if the scheduled tuner is blocked by an active Live TV playback. If turned off, you might miss recordings!
Conflict handling
This allows to configure the Live TV vs. scheduled recoding conflict handling. The setting determines how the addon should handle upcoming recordings for a tuner, that is being used for Live TV at the moment.
- Prefer Live TV when recording has later slot: (default) Continue watching Live TV in case there is a known later slot for the recording. Reschedule to record this repeat instead. If there's no later slot, stop Live TV and start the recording now.
- Prefer recording and stop Live TV: Stop Live TV and start the scheduled recording.
- Prefer Live TV and cancel conflicting recording: Ignore the conflicting, upcoming recording and continue to watch Live TV instead.


In addition the addon supports advanced settings, that can be edited in the addon's settings file: userdata/addon_data/pvr.mythtv.cmyth/settings.xml

MythTV Database Hostname or IP
The default is your MythTV Backend Hostname but this will need updating if your database server runs on a different host.
<setting id="db_host" value="192.168.0.1" />
MythTV Database Port
The default is 3306 but this will need updating if you have changed it.
<setting id="db_port" value="3306" />


4.2 Recording template

Configuration of the default rules for new recordings. Recording rule templates have been introduced in MythTV 0.26. For older MythTV versions, please use and configure the addon-Internal template provider.

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Template provider
- MythTV: Use MythTV's default recording rule template
- Internal: Use XBMC's respectively the addon's settings
Automatically Look Up Metadata
Advises the MythTV backend to download metadata for this recording.
Commercial Flag new recordings
Advises the MythTV backend to run the commercial flag job for this recording.
Allow recordings to expire?
Allows the MythTV backend to automatically delete the recording when necessary.
Transcode new recordings and Transcoder
Advises the MythTV backend to automatically transcode the recording into a different format.
Run user Job #1-4
Advises the MythTV backend to automatically run the user defined jobs for this recording.
Note
Start and End Offset is configured in XBMC Live TV settings

4.3 Advanced

Enable demuxing of MPEG-TS
Enables the addon internal demuxing of the stream. Advantages are faster channel switching and better timeshift functionality.
Note: This might not work with all video formats. Disable this settings in case you experience playback problems.


Next step: Configuring XBMC

5 Troubleshooting

  1. If you're experiencing troubles with the addon, MythTV section of XBMC Forum is the correct place to ask for help.
  2. Always include a full debug log with the addon setting Include more debug information in the log file enabled. (also please make yourself familiar with XBMC troubleshooting)
  3. Issues that are only related to this addon (not to XBMC itself or XBMC's general PVR code) should be reported here: https://github.com/fetzerch/xbmc-pvr-addons/issues (if unsure, ask in the forum first!)

6 Development

7 Additional guides and links

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