Create Your Own DVR with Mythbuntu (Ubuntu + MythTV)
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Create Your Own DVR with Mythbuntu (Ubuntu + MythTV)

No experience with Linux or DVR systems required. You will need a spare computer, TV tuner card, and digital antenna.
4.8 (6 ratings)
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Created by Cody Ray Miller
Last updated 10/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Install and configure Mythbuntu
  • Record TV shows using a digital antenna and TV capture card
  • Schedule recordings using the MythTV guide
  • Pause and rewind live TV
  • Customize Mythbuntu themes and text
  • Navigate the basic XFCE interface
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  • Spare computer
  • USB thumbdrive (at least 8GB)
  • TV capture card
  • Digital antenna

Would you like to build your own DVR for use with over-the-air, digital TV? Are you looking to learn (or increase your knowledge of) Linux with a hands-on, do-it-yourself project?

Look no further! This practical course for beginners will teach you everything you need to know about building your own DVR. You don't need any previous experience with Linux or DVR systems; I'll show you how to install a powerful operating system called Mythbuntu. It's a fusion of Ubuntu Linux and a popular, open-source DVR program called MythTV.

PLEASE NOTE: This course requires that you have a spare computer (to use as the DVR) with a TV tuner card. You'll also need a digital TV antenna. The course will not teach you how to build a computer, but I will help you install your tuner card if necessary.

Once you have the necessary hardware, installing Mythbuntu will be quick and easy with my step-by-step instructions. You'll be watching TV in no time!

If you have questions about anything, I am here to help you. So, just ask! Creating your own DVR may sound complicated, but it's relatively simple once you know how to configure MythTV. Once everything is configured, you'll have a reliable DVR system that will run for years, is fully customizable, and easy to upgrade!

You can also play DVD movies, view picture slideshows, listen to internet radio, and watch videos with MythTV!

IMPORTANT: This course covers digital (over-the-air) television capture and streaming ONLY. Cable and satellite signals are encrypted and it is illegal in many locations to even attempt to decrypt them. I will NOT teach you how to do this, as it is against the law where I live and I do not condone illegal behavior.

Get started today! With Udemy's 100% moneyback guarantee, you have absolutely nothing to lose... and something super cool to learn! All course updates are included and 100% FREE. Access to the instructor is also included at no additional charge.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for beginners to Linux and DIY DVR systems. No previous experience with Linux or DVR systems is required.
  • Users who already know how to configure MythTV should NOT enroll in this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
Introduction & Installation Guide
10 Lectures 39:42

Hardware Overview: TV Tuner Cards

Compatible TV Tuner Cards

Hardware Overview: Graphics Cards

Compatible Graphics Cards

Hardware Overview: Other Considerations (RAM, CPU, HDD, etc.)

Downloading the Necessary Software

Preparing the USB Thumbdrive

Basic System Setup

Mythbuntu Installation
Configuring the MythTV Backend
8 Lectures 29:31

MythTV Control Centre

Beginning MythTV Backend Setup

Backend Setup: General Settings

Backend Setup: Capture Cards

Backend Setup: Video Sources

Backend Setup: Input Connections

Backend Setup: Channel Editor
MythTV Frontend Setup
4 Lectures 11:29
Using the Setup WIzard

General Settings

Final Configuration for Live TV

Changing the Theme and Menu Layout
Using the System
8 Lectures 32:19

Scheduling Recordings

Advanced Scheduling

Finding Programs

Watching Recordings

Storage Directories: Where Are My Files?

Additional Features

Closing Thoughts
About the Instructor
Cody Ray Miller
4.7 Average rating
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13,844 Students
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Entrepreneur, Consultant, and IT Professional

Hello, my name is Cody Ray Miller and I love teaching valuable skills to motivated students! I am passionate about helping you achieve your life goals, whether that means advancing in business, acquiring the technological skills needed to excel at work, or improving the quality of your personal life.

I have a diverse set of certifications, interests and experiences—including a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology—which enable me to teach a variety of powerful courses, from computer server administration to marketing psychology and stargazing.

As my student, you are my #1 priority. Each and every one of my courses are carefully designed to accommodate a wide variety of learning styles and personality types. If something is unclear, or you need help understanding anything within my course, just send me a message and I will be happy to spend some one-on-one time with you in order to clarify the course material and make sure that you both learn and retain the subject matter.

Thank you for your interest in my courses, and in me as an instructor. I look forward to seeing you in one of my lectures very soon!

Cody Ray Miller