MythTV, Open Source DVR

MythTV is a Free Open Source software digital video recorder (DVR) project distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL. It has been under heavy development since 2002, and now contains most features one would expect from a good DVR (and many new ones that you soon won't be able to live without).

If you are interested in learning more about MythTV (or just want to check out some screenshots), please take a look at MythTV In Detail.

Latest MythTV News

0.26-beta released

We are happy to announce that 0.26-beta is now ready, although delayed due to some deadlock bugs that took longer to debug than expected.

The release schedule will be updated sometime soon once the beta has had some soaking-in testing time, although the string freeze is still set for August 12.

Posted by Gavin on August 6th 2012

0.26-alpha released

As part of the attempt to have a shorter release cycle, we have now released v0.26-alpha.

The proposed schedule for the v0.26 release cycle is as follows:

  • July 15th - v0.26-alpha
  • - Feature freeze, bug fixes OK, soft freeze on translatable strings.
  • July 29th - v0.26-beta
  • - Only critical bug fixes allowed after this date.
  • August 12th - v0.26-rc0
  • - hard freeze on translatable strings.
  • August 19th - either v0.26 (final) or v0.26-rc1
  • - If any further critical bug fixes required, we cut another RC and wait a week, repeat until no bug fixes for a week.
  • - When no bug fixes required for one week, we will cut the final release
Posted by Gavin on July 19th 2012

0.25 Finally Released!

Although we may not be known for using a witty naming scheme, and the version number only increments itself by a single "hundredth" every major release, we're extremely proud to announce the immediate release of what we loving refer to as - "0.25"! It's been 516 days (that's 1 year, 4 months, 30 days) since our last major release, so it goes without saying that a significant amount of work has made its way in to this current release with over 5200 commits making up 0.25.

MythTV version 0.25 includes several significant new features. A few key items to point out - new video acceleration capabilities such as VAAPI and DirectX Video Acceleration 2; expanded and improved audio capabilities including E-AC3, TrueHD, and DTS-HD support; Control your TV and other AV components via CEC (Consumer Electronics Control); enhanced and integrated metadata management capabilities for recordings and videos, and a fully functional API for third-party apps to build upon that can interact with both the frontend and backend - including a HTTP Live Streaming capabilities for delivering video content, in real-time, via the API.

Also noteworthy - MythMusic has been completely re-written and MythVideo is now directly integrated rather than being distributed as a separate plugin. Additionally, MythThemes is no longer maintained as a separate repository – all themes, including third party themes, can now be downloaded directly from the frontend theme chooser.

To see a full list of the "user-impacting" additions, changes, and bug-fixes that make up this release, please take a look at the release notes on the wiki.

You can download the tarballs now:

  • MythTV (MD5SUM e2ea13fca51f4f9009d5e21e8ebd4544)
  • MythPlugins (MD5SUM b3f2768372a38e92ca94841519daa05e)

Tarballs of all MythTV releases, past and present, are available on the FTP server, or you can check the code out from git.

If you prefer a pre-packaged version, you may want to check out the wiki packages page to see if your favorite distribution has binaries available for installation or download.

Posted by Gavin on April 10th 2012

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