Setting up MythTV and getting disappointed
I was not very impressed by the MythTV installation process (after having installed the packages for 0.21). The documentation does not really explain well what the different steps mean, but instead repeats the same labels as on screen with little or no additional information.
So if you get stuck because of something, the documentation does not help you at all. Lost a good hour because of doing the same things wrong over and over without a good explanation. And then because of sheer irritation simply added all the missing values directly in the MySQL database. Something was not right...
Furthermore the XMLTV integration did not work out-of-the-box. (Never found a way to make it work I ended up configuring some channels by hand, but the frequency naming standards does not match zenders.be, sigh...) There was something terribly wrong with the TV screen quality, it was not using the complete screen-estate and the sound (distorted and consistent high pitch sound). tvtime always worked flawlessly with very good screen quality.
I also was unable to make the composite input work to use my Nintendo Wii from the MythTV menu.
The mythmusic is not very customizable (either a sorted playlist, or a random playlist) and makes it hard to use a database of 50.000 songs (or even search for them).
And I did get it to work with the wii-mote, but not all the buttons were mapped as one would expect and things like changing volume was impossible. Also you couldn't point to the TV to select menus, only the buttons worked. It was not very stable, sometimes MythTV would bail out and restarting the wii-mote synchronization is a pain and not something you want your relatives to worry about.
In the end I just mapped tvtime behind the TV menu and added a second menu-item starting tvtime using the composite input. But then you need to manual stop mythmusic before starting the TV. And the wii-mote controls would not be mapped for tvtime (making it useless as a remote).
It is sad, but the MythTV journey was less than fruitful and not what I expected. We have not used it since.
Any good suggestions or alternatives ?