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MythTV 0.17 Released

Posted on 11 February 2005 by

MythTV, the popular and versatile linux based PVR and media center software, has released MythTV version 0.17.

Here’s the changelog. Some highlights include:

— Native support for the frontend (ie., almost everything but recording) running on Mac OS X. I’ll probably be buying a Mini myself at some point for an extra frontend in the bedroom, so that’s pretty cool.
— “Timestretch”. Though, it’s really ‘time-compression’. This allows the user to adjust the playback speed slightly, but keeps the audio at the same pitch. If you’re recording a lot of shows, timestretch lets you get through them faster. =)
— Big improvements to both DVB and HDTV (for the pcHDTV cards) support. They’re much more useable, with less manual configuration. Also, there’s a new-ish HDTV capable card (the Air2PC) that uses the DVB drivers in Linux and is capable of receiving unencrypted broadcasts from cable TV. I just recently bought one, but haven’t had time to set it up yet.
— A firewire capture method was just added, for those with cable boxes capable of firewire output (Motorola DCT-6200 + cousins, SA 3250, etc).
— And brand new this week: wide screen/HDTV support in the user interface. The theme in that screen shot is still under construction, but it’s included in the 0.17 release (Minimalist-wide).

For now only the source code is available, but binary packages should be appearing soon.