Want to break free from the confines of DVR land? If you're tired of spending all the money to download program listings from your DVR, then it's time for a change. If you don't want to mess with DRM files anymore, but want to backup your system, then MythTV is the way to go. You'll need to build your own PVR (personal video recorder) with thanks to MythTV, and it will end up costing you less than $500. Well worth the investment. The MythTv software is free and open source, so you just need to spend the cash on some hardware.
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