This post is a straight forward set of instructions on how you can configure MythTV to run without a TV tuner or capture card.
My current ADSTech TV tuner isn’t supported by MythTV due to driver issues. So, I have ordered a Hauppauge TV tuner which I am getting very soon. Although I had no plans of using MythTV just for local music and video playback, I couldn’t wait to try and see why it is so popular. Configuring MythTV to run without any identified TV capture card wasn’t that straight-forward and I thought sharing it would help someone else besides serving as a cheatsheet for myself.
On Fedora, CentOS, RHEL and other rpm based distros:
yum -y install mythtv
sudo apt-get install mythtv
Launch setup with
2. Capture Cards
(New Capture Card)
Card Type, select
Demo test recorder and leave
File path field empty. Hit
Esc key whenever you need to go one level back. Pressing
Escnow takes us to the main menu.
From the setup main menu, navigate to
4\. Video sources.
(New Video Source)
Video source name with
No grabber for
Now that we have created card and source, we need to connect them.
From the main menu, navigate to
5\. Input connections.
Demo capture device is currently attached to none.
Enter key to edit this connection and select
Empty from the pulldown.
Next and then
Finish to save this connection.
From the main menu, select
6\. Channel Editor and then click
Add New Channel.
Give a name for
Channel Name and select empty from
Video Source pulldown.
Next and then
Finish to save this channel.
We can now exit the setup.
Start MythTV backend service with
The & after a process name pushes it to background.