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Install Instructions


  • SSH access to your AppleTV
  • App Launcher Plugin or iScripts if running ATV take 2
  • MythFrontend Intel Binary (See below)


  • Copy to your AppleTV's Application folder. We will use ~/Applications here.
 # assumes that the MythFrontend*.dmg file has been downloaded to current directory
 mkdir -p ~/Applications
 hdiutil attach MythFrontend_OSX_Intel_*.dmg
 cp -p -R /Volumes/MythFrontend/ ~/Applications/
  • 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 fonts to your home directory on the Apple TV and then move them to the proper places in SSH. Note: There may be more fonts required, if worst comes to worst just copy them all but that is about 500MB worth of files when only a few are used.

The Applications Menu Appliance must be told about MythFrontend.

  • Edit the ~/AppList.txt File
    • Add the following line to the list. (You can remove the sample lines)
  • or if you have the newer Applications Menu Appliance, add this to ~/Documents/Applist.plist
    • Add the following lines to the XML:

Note: You can do this remotely 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?

  • Not well, as expected. I experimented with HD this evening and had limited success. SD MPEG2 from my Hauppauge PVR-250 is fine, but HD QAM content recorded from my HDHomeRun did not stream well. It never dropped a frame, and so it would play two seconds, and then pause for two seconds. I was using 1080i and have not played with any settings yet. When I tried to exit the video mythtv hung. --Elwood 05:43, 19 June 2007 (CEST)
  • I am replacing Roku units which are failing left and right, so I need to get HD from my mythbackendgoing. I may experiment by transcoding the content to HD MPEG4, making an RSS feed, and then playing it back as a podcast with hardware acceleration. --Elwood 05:43, 19 June 2007 (CEST)


Things that work

  • Most everything, Playback, remote, setup screens, etc.
  • Remote works, Hold play for pause, Hold menu for menus.

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

  • Take 2 support: since this page has not been updated since Take 2 was released, MythTV will probably not work under Take 2. Anybody know? Hugh 09:24, 3 March 2008 (CET)
Applications Menu Appliance hasn't been updated for Take 2 yet. Hugh 08:13, 6 March 2008 (CET)
MythTV should work fine once you have a interface to launch it, as it does not rely on any frontrow APIs. --Dr Omega 19:44, 7 March 2008 (CET)
  • 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.
  • HD Playback (only tested with pre-recorded content). Significant stuttering makes the playback unwatchable. Perhaps some settings can improve. --Elwood 05:45, 19 June 2007 (CEST)

MythTV Binaries