MythTV 0.24 is out!

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Last week MythTV team released a new version of its software for HTPC – 0.24. There is a lot of new features and major changes like new MythUI OSD, Blu-ray disc/folder parsing and playback, Embedded text subtitle support in MKV and others, Experimental Broadcom Crystal HD hardware decoding support, large audio, OSD, captioning/subtitle and video playback refactoring etc.

The MythTV 0.24 supports HD video and audio as well as various TV tuners and DVB cards. It makes that software unique solution to build power HTPC. I like XBMC. But it’s needed integration with VDR to provide PVR functionality. While MythTV has that feature out of the box. Sure XBMC offers rich integration with online services and simple way to develop plugins. But still. Also don’t forget about possibility to control X10 or Z-Wave devices from the MythTV box.

You can install the MythTV 0.24 from tarballs or using special MythTV distribution or packages for your Linux distribution. Also we expect to see that version in the LnuxMCE soon.

GPU acceleration for Flash player under Linux

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All users of HTPC based on Atom processor and nVidia Ion graphics should know the GPU acceleration works pretty well for HD movies and doesn’t work for Flash video at all. That’s really bad because more and more online services stream 1080p video. But likely situation is changed and Linux users can utilize GPU power for Flash video decoding with new Adobe Flash Player 10.2. Just download and install it. Firefox should start using it immediately. Chrome users should do a simple manual configuration – type about:plugins in the address bar to open config page, press button Details, find option Flash, disable stock player version and enable new one. That’s it. Now you may enjoy HD video from Youtube or some other online strimming service.

[via Aleutia Blog]

TBS Qbox S2: DVB-S2 USB card supported by Linux

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If you’d like to add a possibility to watch and record satellite TV to your Linux-based compact HTPC (ASRock HTPC with XBMC, for example) the Qbox S2 USB DVB-S2 card can be an option for that. It’s supported by both VDR and MythTV and have a reasonable price – €68.68. TBS also is planning to release a version with CI if you’re interesting to watch encoded channels.

MythTV 0.24 Release Candidate 1

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The Release Candidate 1 of MythTV 0.24 was released yesterday. It includes following major features:

  • support for 24 bit audio and HD audio formats,
  • initial Blu-ray disc support,
  • experimental support for CrystalHD hardware accelerated video decoding,
  • completely rewritten and themeable OSD (On Screen Display).

You can download the MythTV 0.24 Release Candidate 1 here.

yaVDR 0.3 is out!

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Today the yaVDR 0.3 was released. yaVDR is an Ubuntu based distribution which joins popular DVB software VDR and popular HTPC software XBMC in one. This version is based on Ubuntu 10.04 and includes development version of VDR 1.7.16.

The most important new feature in the version 0.3 is pre-configuration of PVR settings of XBMC-VNSI during installation from ISO. Also the yaVDR 0.3 offers a new mechanism of waiting when all DVB devices will be ready before VDR starts, wakeup by USB remote control, a new Openbox based minimal desktop environment with Slide-In-Launcher menu on left side of the screen, a new VDR OSD default skin Anthra. Additionally more ready-to-install yavdr-addons were added the applications submen was redesigned.

To install yaVDR 0.3 download its ISO. To upgrade existing installation of yaVDR 0.2 just use apt-get:
sudo apt-get update
and
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

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