MythTV getting TV

For the last few months I’ve run a MythTV frontend/backend combination as our upstairs entertainment center. I use it for SVT Play using Tommy Persson’s excellent plugin, but also to play some music and act as a DVD player.

Yesterday a box arrived with my brand new Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-TD stick (from a sale on netonnet). Last time I fought with receiving TV through a Linux system, it was a proper struggle. This time, it was just a matter of plugging in the stick, setting up the MythTV backend and watch TV (I admit – I did spend a bit of time sorting and filtering channels, but nothing advanced).

Checking the system this morning, it had recorded all three shows I asked it to – on time. Even the ones colliding in time, i.e. requiring the dual tuners to be used. Very nice!

Now, all I have to do is to setup my dedicated backend machine and get the connection between it and the frontend working. If that goes smoothly,  a card reader and soft CAM would be the next step, but boxer is charging 89+21 SEK per month for a twin card, so I guess that would mean setting up a new frontend downstairs…