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Install Instructions


  • SSH access to you'r AppleTV
  • App Launcher Plugin
  • MythFrontend Intel Binary (See below)


  • Copy to your AppleTV's Application folder. We will use ~/Applications here.
  • Enable read/write access to the root drive
 sudo mount -o remount,rw /dev/disk0s3 /
  • Copy over the following fonts to their perspective places on the Apple TV.
    • /System/Library/Fonts/Geneva.dfont
    • ~/Library/Fonts/Arial
    • ~/Library/Fonts/Trebuchet MS

Note: You will have to save the font's to your home directory on the Apple TV and then move them to the proper places in SSH. Note: There may be more font's required, if worst comes to worst just copy them all but that is about 500MB worth of files when only a few are used.

  • Edit the ~/AppList.txt File
    • Add the following line to the list. (You can remove the sample lines)

Note: You can do this remotly and upload it or copy something like /usr/bin/pico over to the Apple TV. If you copy pico over it will be easier to update things in the future.

  • Reboot the Apple TV. This is critical as a full reboot is required for the OS to see the new fonts.


Video Of MythTV Running on AppleTV

  • Confirmed, This is working for me exactly as described. Content streams jsut fine, and the remote work's perfectly. Dr Omega 05:57, 25 May 2007 (CEST)

A question: What hardware tuner do you use? Is it plugged to Apple-TV USB?

  • Only Mythfrontend works in OSX you need a Mythbackend and tv tuner in a linux box. It does stream the content over the wireless just fine though, and looks good too. I just have a Leadteck card (bout $50) in my file server. Dr Omega 21:49, 25 May 2007 (CEST)

Another question: Another question:Can you please provide the version of MythTV front end you are using, a linked to a precompiled binary would be better?

One more question: I do not have a Mac available, which fonts are opened by MythTV, so I can make fake fonts with the same name and install in the aTV?

Yet another question: Has anybody tried playing recorded (or live) HD content? How well does ATV handle it while running Myth?


Things that work Most everything, Playback, remote, setup screens, ect.

Things that don't (Some might not be configured properly)

  • Default remote configuration doesn't allow pausing. (It passes a space and thus saves the position) Note: Have you tried holding the pause/play button for 6 seconds? That's how it works on regular Mac.
  • Requires osx fonts, As I am not sure of the font's it needs, this has added ~500MB to the drive. (I just copied them all untill I can figure out what ones are needed.)
    • I have identified the following font's as needed at runtime. I will do further testing but these are three that I know are needed. Dr Omega 03:37, 31 May 2007 (CEST)
      • /System/Library/Fonts/Geneva.dfont
      • ~/Library/Fonts/Arial
      • ~/Library/Fonts/Trebuchet MS
  • 30-45 second hang when pre-scaling the theme's. (Every launch)
  • Fails rendering the preview clips of recordings.

MythTV Binaries