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MythTV is an open source software digital video recorder (DVR) that is an alternative to Tivo or Windows Media Center. It allows you to pause and rewind live TV shows, skip commercials, schedule TV show recordings, and control a settop box using an infrared remote or firewire. In order to use MythTV, you will need a video capture card. Hardware requirements are described on the MythTV Wiki.

During the installation of PC-BSD the installer provided an option to install MythTV. If you wish to install MythTV afterwards, use the System Packages tab of System Manager. You'll find MythTV under the Misc category of System Packages. Once MythTV is installed, an entry should be added to the Multimedia section of the application menu of your desktop.

Running MythTV for the First Time

The PC-BSD version of MythTV provides an initialization script to properly setup the database backend used by MythTV. The first time you run MythTV, you will be prompted for the superuser password in order to configure MythTV, as shown in Figure 8.3a:

Figure 8.3a: Starting MythTV for the First Time


Additional Resources

MythTV Documentation

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