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Old 01-02-2007, 01:55 PM   #1
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Record TV shows and Linux


This question was sparked by another member in the Newbie forum. What programs are there for Linux to use for TV recording? Second question is what are the capabilities of recording in HD now? I knew some time ago it was only possible with over-the-air broadcasts, it still couldn't be decrypted through cable and satellite providers. Any info is greatly appreciated.


Old 01-02-2007, 02:20 PM   #2
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dvbstream can stream the output from my tv card (a Hauppauge Nova T) to a file. Xawtv can record the channel it's tuned. I only know about terrestrial broadcasts as I don't have cable or satellite.
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MythTV is the heavyweight program for Linux PVR's

For an easier to install version, if you want your computer to pretty much be a PVR and not much else, try KnoppMyth

HD requires an HD compatible capture card (and LOTs of disk space!) You need to get an unencrypted signal into that HD capture card. Be that off-the-air or otherwise. There may be HD cards (or add-ons) that decrypt cable/sat signals as they are fed, I don't know about those, but you'd have to get them from your cable/sat provider.
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I used VDR for years, I even sold my sat tuner because I didn't need it any more.
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I used Freevo. About to setup a new one with 320gig harddrive. Freevo website contains all the information. Great for displaying images, recording tv shows, also plays music.
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MythTV can record High Def TV, provided that your TV card (and the drivers for it) support HDTV. I have a Dvico HDTV card, and I can record HDTV with no problems.

HDTV does take more disk space, so you have to decide if it is worth it for the extra quality. Most free-to-air TV here is crap, and high def crap is still crap

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mencoder / mplayer way:


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