Thanks again for the advice. I’m currently looking
at MythTV as well. How would you best recommend
using MythTV in my current set up?
MythTV is a huge subject. If you’re interested, you’ll need to consult the online docs and join the mailing list. Check out mythtv.org
My MythTV setup is very simple: a single backend-only PC running mythbuntu 10.10 with one standard-def capture card: a Hauppauge PVR-150. The WDTVL sees it on the network under “Media servers”, and it can read its database. IOW, it sees the recordings as, e.g., “Colbert Report” instead of, e.g., “1055_20110227224500.mpg”. It worked without any configuration on my part - it just showed up on the WDTVL. (I was pleased - no need to set up a frontend.)
If you share the MythTV recordings folder on your network, then the Mac will be able to see the recordings and play them in, say, VLC. Or, even better, if there is a MythTV frontend build available for your Mac, then you can run that. I’ve never tried this, though, because I only have an ancient PPC Mac, and there are no frontend builds available for it.
MythTV can do high-def recordings using things called HDHomerun and Hauppauge HDPVR. I tried the HDPVR a few months ago and found it to be flimsy, so I sent it back. I’m waiting for a better high-def solution to come along.