March 28, 2006

MythTV Gets Some Ink [8:26 am]

Yet no discussion of the degree to which this innovation, celebrated in this article, is vulnerable to a host of ongoing regulatory initiatives, starting with the mentality behind the broadcast flag: MythTV Invades Realm of Cable and TiVo [pdf]

In 2002, amidst a bulky, advertising-laden digital television experience, programmer Isaac Richards took matters into his own hands — he began to build his own digital video recorder system from scratch.

Now known as the MythTV project (http://www.mythtv.com/), Richards’s effort to create DVR systems from commonly available computer components and the Linux open-source operating system, is gaining traction on the Internet.

[...] The MythTV project is centered on the idea of creating a low-cost home entertainment control unit that can be almost anything the user would like it to be. Software modules, once installed, can provide an array of bells and whistles to use.

For example, a video module within the MythTV software may control playback while music and DVD management programs store media libraries to use later. An Internet software module might allow the unit to use a Web browser, make VoIP-based telephone calls, videoconference and access podcasts. Additional features include full access to MythWeather, a free weather-tracking plug-in that uses MSNBC’s weather links for its information; and MythNews, a live news link hooked into an auto-updating Internet feed and CD and DVD importing features.

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