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Practical MythTV: Building a PVR and Media Center PC Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1590597798 ISBN-10: 1590597796 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (May 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590597796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590597798
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Michael Still released his first open source project in July 2000 and has been actively developing ever since. He has had a variety of articles published by IBM DeveloperWorks, and once made a tux out of fairy lights! He is the author of The Definitive Guide to ImageMagick (Apress, 2005). Michael grew up in Canberra, Australia, and now works for Google and lives in the Silicon Valley with his wife and two kids. Michael is a past committee member of AUUG, Linux Australia, and the linux.conf.au 2005 committee.

Stewart Smith is an Australian and a software engineer working for MySQL AB on MySQL Cluster. He started being a serious Linux user in the days of MkLinux pre-DR3 and remembers being thrilled with the arrival of a driver for his floppy drive. In 2003, he first saw TiVo and realized that TV could be made not to suck. Stewart had MythTV running very soon after that and has enjoyed enlightenment ever since. He has always liked writing his own software and continues to enjoy doing so. He is also involved in the local LUG (LUV-Linux Users of Victoria) and has been on the board of Linux Australia from 2003 to the present.

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That said, a lot of stuff =hasn't= changed, and it's here where the book falls apart.
Blake Watson
While the authors have included step-by-step instructions for installing Ubuntu, if you haven't used Linux before, most of it will be "over your head".
S. Johnson
For anyone considering MythTV or looking for a good guide to get it up and running, I highly recommend this book.
Kevin Blanchard

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Blake Watson on July 21, 2008
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Look, I'm not going to say that these guys didn't try, or that this is a cynically written attempt to cash in on something, but this book is as close to worthless as I can imagine.

Now, again, this is not entirely the authors' fault. MythTV is highly dynamic. What's true today isn't true tomorrow. I'm a journeyman MythTV builder, and a lot of what I've learned in the painful progress I've made simply does not apply any more.

That said, a lot of stuff =hasn't= changed, and it's here where the book falls apart. They should have started with the basics of content flow, i.e., where is the media coming from? Because that's the first thing you need to know before you even decide if MythTV is right for you. (Over the air content, for example, is easily handled by Myth, while controlling a set-top box from a cable, satellite or fiber optic company is a whole 'nother kettle of fish.)

While support has been added since this book was written, the stuff they actually did mention that has been part of MythTV since its incpetion is not well covered. For example, to set up your MythTV backend, you have to select from various capture card types. There are V4L, MPEG2, DVB, etc.--how about explaining what these are? No explanations is the norm, and when there is an explanation it's often simply restating the on-screen text without actually clarifying.

Six months of having this book and I've never once found an answer to a question I had. Now, I don't go looking for product specific stuff, because (as I said) there's no way they could cover that, but just basic joints and cogs and so on.

See, the thing about MythTV is that if you have just the right hardware and a simple enough setup, it might take you fifteen minutes to set up.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on August 17, 2007
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This book should be renamed "the MythTV / PVR Bible". It has everything you need to know about creating your own PVR using MythTV.

Ideally you should have a working knowledge of Unix to get the most out of the book. While the authors have included step-by-step instructions for installing Ubuntu, if you haven't used Linux before, most of it will be "over your head". However, the good news is that there are tonnes of gold nuggets to be found - even in the first two chapters. As such, the Microsoft "point and click" people should buy the book purely on the basis of a good sanity check - eg: have you considered all the available options relating to hardware?

Something that most authors leave out of books is the setup they use at home. Stewart and Michael (the authors) include their own hardware and cover in detail why they use it. If you combine this information with the lists of recommended hardware, you will avoid the most common mistakes that people make when creating a PVR.

While I've done a lot of research into building PVR's and have a Unix background, I managed to get a lot out of it. Expert users will find the information relating to plug-ins, advanced TV recording and expanding MythTV worth the read.

If you are thinking about building a PVR, do yourself a favor - stop everything you are doing and buy this book first.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Blanchard on July 25, 2007
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I had been playing with Knoppmyth already to get a feel for MythTV and see if I wanted to use it to replace my TIVO. There are so many options and features that I was looking for a good book to cover an overview of MythTV and talk about install options/pitfalls etc. in more detail from a practical standpoint.

This book addressed many of my concerns and questions I had going into reading the book and helped me follow through and a make a fully educated decision in moving forward with building and installing my new MythTV box.

For anyone considering MythTV or looking for a good guide to get it up and running, I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Kennedy on December 16, 2007
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I wonder if the previous reviewers have actually tried following the installation directions given in chapters 2 and 3. I've had a couple of attempts, and still can't get things working. Part of this is due to my lack of Linux knowledge - as an earlier reviewer noted, some Linux knowledge is essential. You really need to read up on Linux and play around with it a lot, before or concurrently with your attempts to install MythTV. For example, on p. 41 the authors tell you to enter the command 'make oldconfig', but if you've followed the directions correctly, you will be in the wrong directory for this command to work. You need to change directory before running it. There are also a couple of commands which seem to require superuser privileges, and novices to Ubuntu (ike me) will be confused when trying to run them. I've submitted a couple of errata through the publisher's website, but have had no response.
The publisher's website has a link for downloading source code; the readme.txt has some text in it, but the other files in the zip file are all empty - great help! There are no errata listed on the site - it would be helpful if known problems were listed there. I'm trying to make things work on the latest version of Ubuntu (7.10), but I'm sure the above errors would apply to the version used in the book. Version 7.10 has some advantages (built-in lirc support), but as a result, some of the steps in the book don't apply the same way.
Looking ahead to the day I get the system working, the rest of the book looks very useful. The chapters on plug-ins, system expansion, networking all look relevant and informative. One topic I would like to see covered in more detail is setting up an ir blaster.
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