Posted by: patdavila | November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving and more MythTV updates

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans. It’s time to count our blessings and enjoy a great meal with friends and family. I’ve been running Mythbuntu 9.10 for several weeks now and overall I’ve been pretty happy with it. One of my initial gripes with the shutoff menu option not appearing in my main MythTV system was easily addressed. You can go into the setup in the running frontend and check off that you want the shutoff menu option to appear. I guess the assumption is that that a backend system will always be on. Fair enough. One item I am going to investigate for setup is Mirobridge. This plugin will enable any videocasts subscribed via Miro to appear in the recorded shows menu. You assign an unused channel (999 by default) to it. After watching the show it then gets migrated to Mythvideo. Very cool. You then setup a cron entry to run mirobridge automatically every night. I’ll try setting it up this weekend and report back next week. One plugin that I’ve never actually used in the past is MythFlix. This plugin lets you view your Netflix video queue and rental history. The only requirement is that you have an active Netflix account. The setup is not 100% automatic but fairly straightforward. It works as advertised. Another thing I may want to play around with is the new Storage Groups setup for Mythvideo. This will supposedly make pulling in metadata for your videos much easier to pull down via JAMU and sharing out the data to other frontend systems. Previously you had to manually pull down the metadata on every frontend.

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