Gentoo MythTV

13. 10. 08

graph your tv habits

Filed under: handy tools, Main — Tags: , , , — niko86 @ 7:07

if you are a fan of fancy graphs and statistics you will definitely like this.
i love graphs and statistics about aspects of my system.
my preferred tool is cacti.
well, it is not simply a tool, it is a complete framework written in php,perl and mysql.
there are several graphs ready to use and the best thing about it, you could graph almost everything by writing your own data-sources and so on.
if you are not already graphing away i recomment you give it a shot.
since it is possible to easily write your own “plug-ins”, you could as well graph some mythtv stats.
the mythtv database holds information we could use here, the xml output of the backend will come in handy too.
fortunately some genius has already created a little walkthrough and some templates:
looking at his efforts i am sure you can think of many additional items one could graph.
happy graphing!


EPG data for Austria/Germany/Switzerland

Filed under: configuration, handy tools, Main — Tags: , , , — niko86 @ 2:02

if you are searching for good EPG Data for AT/DE/CH with categorys and stuff, you might just have found the answer.
You might think: “Why doesn’t this bloke use nxtvepg..?”, Well, i took a look, but since i found a good grabber and i read that nxtvepg doesn’t provide more than a few days of guide data, i will stick with the grabber.
first i tried tvm2xml from:
it works quite good, is quite fast, but i just can’t get good epg data for some of the channels.
after a while of searching i read about, they are providing good epgdata ready to download in xml format for a little anual fee.
you can grab and use the data with tv_grab_eu_epgdata from the xmltv package which you should download manually from the xmltv project site since the version in the portage tree is quite old.
you can get 16 days of epg data from
it may be possible to get some more, but the grabber seems to be broken since it exits with an error if you specifiy more than 16 days.
if you know another alternative feel free to post a comment.

12. 10. 08

long time no post.. time for an update

Filed under: Main — Tags: , , — niko86 @ 20:20

well, we finally moved to the new house and i got to eventually connect the tuners to a source.
since then i fiddled around with the system.
it really is a big geek’s toy, there are so many things to do, i spent countless hours playing around.
what i can tell you right now is, if you are not sure wether mythtv is “girlfriend-friendly” you will be surprised…
“our” mythtv system has already replaced many information-gathering and multimedia devices.
personally, i mainly use the webinterface to schedule recordings and browse the epg, but as my fiancé proves, you can use all the functions quite comfortable from the mythfrontend.

currently i only encounter some minor problems:
– one of the tuners doesn’t like one specific channel
– it is getting obvious that the 2.8ghz p4 is a little ‘slow’
– the sound of the frontend is a little low, when switchting between input sources on the telly it is necessary to adjust the volume
– some recordings are quite inaccurate, starting several minutes early, stopping several minutes early too, i don’t know wether the epg data is inaccurate or if this a configuration issue.
– commercial flagging on two of the channels doesn’t quite work

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