It’s important to note tvtime does not support recording, or playback of recorded streams. It is not a PVR system. This may change in the future but at the moment it is not part of the tvtime scope because of the specific goal the developers have set for themself.
This restriction isn’t necessarily a disadvantage because the developers genuinely are pouring effort into making a gorgeous television experience.
The software deinterlaces every field, it renders composited text with crisp fonts, it displays closed captions with a high quality font for maximum readability and employs other features all geared to giving the best output.
MythTV and tvtime aren’t the only choices by any means. Other media centre applications include xawtv which is also a popular choice, Zapping for the GNOME desktop environment and kwintv for the KDE desktop environment. These come with a mixture of different capabilities.
In fact, depending on your requirements, you can also work with the basic media playing applications themselves. Power users might like this route, funnelling television through the regular tools they may use.
This may also be of interest to people with large displays who would like to have a simple windowed television display in a corner of their monitor while they work on other things. If you’d like to try it, you can find instructions here to use the versatile VLC video player for this purpose.
Interestingly, the author of that site indicates he explored VLC because while MythTV offered all the TV watching and recording features he wanted, he also wanted to work on his computer at the same time and felt a trimmed down player was a better choice for his needs than a full-scale media centre app.
No matter which way you go, Linux has a choice for you. You can watch (and record) television on your computer – while working, or as the family high-definition media centrepiece. You can do it without any software cost and, apart from the price of an appropriate video card and TV tuner, you possibly don’t even have to spend a cent on hardware either.
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David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. Within two years, he returned to his alma mater, the University of Newcastle, as a UNIX systems manager. This was a crucial time for UNIX at the University with the advent of the World-Wide-Web and the decline of VMS. David moved on to a brief stint in consulting, before returning to the University as IT Manager in 1998. In 2001, he joined an international software company as Asia-Pacific troubleshooter, specialising in AIX, HP/UX, Solaris and database systems. Settling down in Newcastle, David then found niche roles delivering hard-core tech to the recruitment industry and presently is the Chief Information Officer for a national resources company where he particularly specialises in mergers and acquisitions and enterprise applications.