MythTV records HD tv from cable boxes via firewire. I have the Explorer 4250HD from Scientific Atlantic. The service is provided by Optimum, which is subsequently a service of Cablevision. I have connected a firewire cable from the output port on the cable box to the 1394 input port on my motherboard. With Ubuntu 1394 drivers are automatically installed, and MythTV is in the default Ubuntu repositories. To install MythTV use:
sudo apt-get install mythtv This will completely install MythTV in working order. I like a theme called Me-Po. You can download it here: http://home.comcast.net/~zdzisekg/download.html Unzip the folder and copy it to: /usr/share/mythtv/themes Select it in the appearance settings menu. Select it in the OSD settings menu as well, which is located in the playback menu. Now open the MythTV backend.
sudo apt-get install gpartedMount the drive somewhere in /media. Once done press escape to exit the backend config. You be prompted to update your listings using mythfilldatabase. Ohh, and to launch MythTV automatically on boot create a script. Create a new empty file, call it myth.sh. Put in it:
#!/bin/bash mythfrontendThen add it to the startup applications. Mark the applications as executable. Add another startup script, after installing wmctrl:
sudo apt-get install wmctrlIn the script have:
wmctrl -r "mythfrontend.real" -e 0,1921,0,1920,1080-r is the window name. -e says where to put the window. In compiz there are viewport rather than workspaces. If you have a 1920×1080 desktop, with two viewports, then the second viewport starts at 1921. The code above will place MythTV on the second viewport autoamtically. Add the script to the startup applications list. Heres another post covering the same material. I don’t know what else to say here, but feel welcome to post questions in the comments and I’ll help the best I can.