Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Bug fix release of mythroku-0.71

I just released 0.71 for anyone keeping up. This fixes the background PNG path issue from the 0.7 release, and it improves the user experience browsing the program guide in the Live TV mode.

Happy viewing! Downloads at sourceforge

At the right is a screenshot of the main menu, showing a thumbnail of the selected program. As you can see its showing the current list of recorded programs as well as details about the highlighted episode.

Monday, September 19, 2005


mythroku-0.7 released!

It's my pleasure to announce the release of mythroku-0.7! This is the fabled "Live TV" release, along with many UI improvements. Open LiveTV, All Programs, and more in full rich background glory. In Live TV, use the "Info" button to browse other channels or timeslots, and use "Select" to tune to other channels. Press "Exit" when you tire of the Info overlay.

Find the files at SourceForge (link)

I'll get some screenshots soon for those who wish to look before testing.

Saturday, September 10, 2005


What is mythroku?

mythroku is an application that allows the Roku Photobridge HD to view media managed by any MythTV PVR.

Typically for each television in a household a separate PC has to be installed to "drive" the television. The PC has to run Linux, and have an installed MythTV "frontend" to connect to the MythTV backend server. In our personal case, we had three PCs running just to enjoy content in various rooms of the house.

The solution was overkill, and after discovering the potential of the Roku Photobridge, it became obvious that a simple solution existed. Mythroku running on the Photobridge is an alternative MythTV "frontend". As it has no hard drive and no fan, it is truly silent. It also appears to sip electricity in comparison to a full PC. Price-wise, the PhotoBridge HD can be a fraction of the cost of a full PC for a myth frontend, minus the headache of external video signal transcoders, monitors, keyboards and mice.

Mythroku support MPEG2 TS and PS video formats, which means that it easily handles SD and HD television programs supported by MythTV. It does not support MPEG4 due to hardware limitations of the PhotoBridge HD.

Mythroku is a work in progress. It currently supports playback of existing pre-recorded shows, but functionality for watching live television programming is still under construction.

Stay tuned for more news, updates, and information about mythroku!


mythroku-0.62 Released

Another day, another release. This point release fixes one more memory bug and also introduces a new feature to clean out your settings directory upon startup (configured from the command line).

Make sure to also update your .roku files as the -tempdir= option has been renamed to -settingsdir (since that's what it really points to).

Downloads available here.

Friday, September 09, 2005


mythroku-0.61 Released

After some serious debugging, mythroku-0.61 has been released. You can find the new files on SourceForge. I found some memory corruptions and wiped 'em out.

Happy viewing!

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