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On Thr 18 Jan 2007, the MerriLUG was proud to host Jared Wilson, who presented on MythTV. This page is an attempt to collect some of the notes about the presentation.

Jared's home page is , which includes a section on Fedora Myth(TV)ology.

How it works

The MythTV system downloads it's Electronic Program Guide (EPG) data from (, via an XML export feature. Zap2It requires free registration for this. Zap2It's motivation is apparently to avoid tons of screen scrapers hammering their web servers. Zap2It is operated by Tribune (incidentally, TiVo uses the same company for their EPG data).


One bit of hardware that Jared recommended was the HD Home Run, from SiliconDust. It is basically an Ethernet-to-TV bridge. You plug coax into one side, Ethernet into the other, and you're in business. It contains everything you need to tune, capture, encode, and stream a TV signal over the 'net. It can be used with MythTV and other software as a capture device. This lets you put your TV input hardware in a different location than your MythTV backend storage hardware.

Jared recommended NVidia hardware, with the binary-only, closed-source driver. He also recommended the use of the a config tweak in the X server configuration file: Set "=UseEvents True=".

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