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What's all this about then?

Ever wanted a Sky+® or TiVo® style recording unit, but didn't want to pay monthly subscription fees? Or have you ever fancied a project, just to kill some time? If so, this site could be of some use to you! Here you'll find guides on how to build a personal video recorder (pvr) based on Gentoo linux and Myth TV. The guides assume you have a little linux experience, but it always helps when you know your system ;) Before reading them, you should really have a basic grasp of how to use linux (especially gentoo) and how to compile your own kernel.

The structure of these guides are such that I assume you will be getting this up and running on a basic x86 PC. Then later guides focus on utilising specific hardware, namely MPEG2 decoding on the EPIA based boards (see hardware). The reason for this is because it is just the way I've done it myself - no point in buying all the hardware if you can't get it up and running. This means that there will be some 'more to come' sections in the guides, but I thought rather than wait around for me to finish it might as well be available for viewing.

Another thing to note about these guides is that they are targetted towards users in the United Kingdom who want to receive and record DVB-T freeview programmes on their box. Although this sounds a bit restrictive, it isn't. I've found quite a few guides geared towards US viewers, but none specifically for us Brits. It wouldn't be too difficult to apply what you read here though to any country ;)

So what will this box be able to do?

The box is being built to offer the following functionality:

Broadband wireless router Allowing computers in the house to wirelessly access the broadband connection and any files the box will hold (including video).
DVD playback Including the option for 5 satellites and a subwoofer to be connected, as well as an external dolby digital / DTS decoder. The box will also output video in the form of an S-Video connector and a SCART RGB connector.
PVR
(Personal video recorder)
TV programmes will be saved in perfect digital format, including the possibility of advertisement skipping. As well as this, a recording can be viewed while still being recorded. This new concept is especially good. If you have begun recording a show and it is half way through, but you can't be bothered to wait for it to finish, you currently can either miss the first half and watch the second, or wait until it has finished and watch it all. With this box, you will be able to begin watching from the beginning while the rest of the show continues recording!
Media centre Catalogue all of your downloaded music and videos, and playback at the touch of a button. And with the features offered in MythTV, you can download covers and descriptions for your video files quickly and easily. Couple this with automated movie trailer downloads, and you have a very neat media hub.
TV schedule The box will be able to display TV listings retrieved over-the-air via the DVB transmission. In this way, an online TV guide can be shown allowing the user to simply select what they would like to record up to a week in advance, just by pressing a button.
Download box In the event that a large file is required for download, the box can be set to download at a time when no-one else will be using the connection. As well as this, the box itself will be made to update itself overnight.