Ok, for those of us in the US, we’ll be glad to know that Schedules Direct is now live with two weeks to spare. It seems that the easiest way to perform the upgrade is to upgrade to 0.20.2, and then change the configuration to use SD instead of Zap2IT. Note that I haven’t done it myself yet, but that there are instructions on the MythTV wiki.
I am currently transporting a bounty that has been frozen in carbonite with a device you created. I have been told to direct any questions or comments I might have your way.
Its been a while since I have commented on the state of US guide data for MythTV here. That’s mainly been because I have been waiting for the situation to become more clear. At this stage there are some interesting things to report:
- zap2it shutdown is still slated for September 1, 2007
- MythTV developers, and others, have teamed together to form Schedules Direct as a replacement
- There are forums for Schedules Direct discussion
- Schedules Direct will be charging around $5 US a month, at least initially
- The first 100 beta testers have been added, and bugs found
- Code has been added to the development version of MythTV to start handling Schedules Direct (although you are not forced to upgrade to use the new guide data source)
I’m a little slow at posting this, because I’ve been really busy. Google had the video of the MythTV talk online a day after the talk, which was nice. I haven’t watched it myself, but hopefully it turned out ok. The talk got a little exciting when I had to reboot one of the machines mid talk because it wasn’t seated in its dock properly. Such is life I suppose.
Here are the slides for the talk. Hopefully they’ll help someone.
I just noticed that the ImageMagick book appears in Google book search. I’m pleased.
I’m giving a MythTV talk at Google in the next week (although I can’t find it on the events calendar at the moment, I’ll update this post when I do) so I’ve been playing with MythTV 0.21 a little more than I have in the past. Its pretty cool.
I’m still writing the talk, so I don’t know 100% what it will cover, but I’m thinking it would be good to include some of the stuff from 0.21 as a teaser. Storage groups, the flash player in MythWeb, and the tweaks to the theme system seem like good things to include. Does anyone have other things they think are really cool in 0.21?
Oh, and I’ll have to cover guide data for the US, so it might be time to catch up with my MythTV email backlog once again.
Hopefully in you live near Silicon Valley you can come along to the talk and we can chat afterwards.
Update: I found a Google blog post with the details. To quote the most important information:
Like all sessions of the Open Source Developers @ Google Speaker Series, Michael’s presentation will be open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 PM at our Mountain View campus; guests should plan to sign in at Building 43 reception upon arrival. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Michael’s presentation will also be taped and published along with all of the public Google Tech Talks.
Here is a nice video explaining the MediaMVP. I’ve been looking for silent ways to park MythTV front ends in the kids bedrooms for a while, and this might end up being the way to go. The xbox that Matthew uses at the moment is simply too loud for most use.
I am left wondering if ad skipping works on the device though. I guess there is only one way to find out…