I just barely got pvr support working on my mplayer installation at home working … on my lunch break. Man, it is cool.
That’s a piccie of me having two mplayer windows open playing TV on both tuners on the Hauppauge PVR-500 with different channels. It’s kind of hard to see, I know.
To get it working, you have to do a few crazy things, to which even the most extreme of ricers might give a second thought. You’ve got to be running the 2.6.18 kernel headers along with a recent MPlayer dev snapshot, and the 0.8.0 branch of IVTV. All of them are in portage (and keyworded) except the first one, so I’ll leave it to the reader to guess how much they want to put their system in possible jeopardy just to watch television.
I haven’t had much time to play with it, but from reading the man page it comes with a few cool options, like setting the audio bitrate and the MPEG stream format. For instance, you can record straight to the DVD MPEG2 standard. Muwahahahahaha. >-D
I’ll post some more details once I get time. Right now, I’m just supah-stoked. Just think — one more mythtv-only option ripped out of the way. It feels glorious.