Practical MythTV: Building a PVR and Media Center PC

Practical MythTV

Practical MythTV, written by Stewart Smith and Michael Still is the second book (the first one was MythTV Hacks) about MythTV – one of the best open source Linux-based software for HTPC. According to short review from MythPVR the new book will be useful for both new users of MythTV and its old funs.

Basically, the book can be split on three parts. The first one describes the installation procedure. However, the authors paid more attention on build MythTV from the sources and just mentioned about pre-built packages or a CD distributions like KnoppMyth or MythDora. But those way of installation will be more interesting for the ordinary users.

The second part of the book is dedicated a process of using MythTV. There are many screen shots, tips and hacks which may make your communication with your media center much easier and more productive.

And the final part is for advanced users. It gives an overview of some of the more advanced features and plugins of MythTV such MythWeb, DVD’s (watching and burning), MythPhone and network control.

So, if you’re just planning to use MythTV or already have HTPC with that software you may get more useful information just pay $20 :).

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    1. Samuel Vaughan, 18. December 2007, 23:13

      $20 is not bad at all. A media centre PC would be extremely useful in my household. I am making a smart home PC application and I might add media centre capabilities myself.

  • Michael Stepanov, 20. December 2007, 20:33

    What about to try LinuxMCE? What application do you develop? Is it Linux-based or Windows?

  • Tukom, 29. April 2010, 19:53

    MythTV is very popular among technology enthusiastics, but unknown and distant territory for average users. This is a good attempt to bring the MythTV more accessible to the wider audience, who do not know how to get started.

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