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From: Grant Edwards <grant.b.edwards@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-user] Opinions on DVR/PVR backend?
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2018 16:32:38
Message-Id: p4fl1r$bit$
I think it's about time to replace my SageTV DVR/PVR system, so I'm
looking for opinions and recommendations for a DVR backend to run on a
Gentoo desktop machine.

Some Background...

For many years, I ran a dedicated, combined frontend/backend MythTV
system (usually a Debian install).  Then I switched to a mac-mini
frontend booting a dedicated MythTV frontend distro from a USB flash
drive with the MythTV backend running on my general-purposed Gentoo
box.  I was never completely happy with the mac mini frontend, but it
was small and quiet and mostly worked.

After that (about 8 years ago) I switched to using the SageTV backend
on that same Gentoo box with SageTV brand custom frontend set-top

About a year later, SageTV got bought by Google and mostly shut down.
Software continued to be updated for a few years, and EPG data was
kept flowing.  The software has since been open-sourced, but the
backend development has slowed and development/support for the set-top
boxes ended (there are some nagging set-top box problems that are
never going to get fixed). The "lifetime" free EPG data spigot for
SageTV got turned off last year.

SageTV is a large Java app with a bunch of custom libraries.  For now,
the tarball of JAR files and binaries works, but it's not a long-term
solution.  I tried building the SageTV backend under Gentoo and was
unsuccessful in an effort to produce an ebuild for it.  The build
system is a completely broken mess of shell-scripts and makes all
sorts of assumptions about development host library versions (it
requires a lot of ancient library versions).

And now...

I'm looking for opinions on a DVR backend to run on a desktop Gentoo
box.  Input is OTA ATSC via an Ethernet-connected tuner (SiliconDust
HDHomeRun).  The ideal set-top frontend would be Roku. I'd also really
like a good Android frontend.  My next choice for a set-top frontend
would probably be Kodi on Raspberry Pi 3B or Vero 4K HW.  I'm going to
pick up a RPi3 this weekend and start playing with Kodi (OSMC or

The main backend options seem to be MythTV, Plex, and TVHeadend.


    Pros: Good feature set

    Cons: It's a giant bloated mess that pulls in all sorts of Qt stuff
          Fragile frontend API/protocol that gets broken regularly
          Poor music player (the last time I tried it)
          Poor frontend support for Android.


    Pros: Roku frontend
          Good integration of existing media files
          Good support for Android

    Cons: DVR support is new
          Closed source
          Commercial service


    Pros: Lightweight
          Minimal dependencies
          Android frontend (I think)

    Cons: Weak recording management
          Poor integration of existing media

There are minimal subscription costs for all three ($40/year for Plex,
$25/year for the others), so that's a push.

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Subject Author
Re: [gentoo-user] Opinions on DVR/PVR backend? Rich Freeman <rich0@g.o>
Re: [gentoo-user] Opinions on DVR/PVR backend? "Taiidan@×××.com" <Taiidan@×××.com>