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If you’re a Mac EyeTV user, you can bring your recorded shows into Front Row, commercial-free, with PyeTV and ETVComskip:

This plugin allows access to EyeTV from within Front Row on Leopard, adding a EyeTV item to Front Row’s top level menu. The plugin gives access to EyeTV’s recordings (grouped by series), along with an image preview and recording metadata.

PyeTV also integrates with ETVComskip, a Mac OS X port of comskip (http://www.kaashoek.com/comskip/) designed to work with EyeTV. ETVComskip allows users of EyeTV to enjoy commercial-free recorded television. PyeTV provides capabilities of turning commercial skipping on and off from within Front Row, as well as starting a commercial search for recordings which do not have commercial markers already.

PyeTV also allows you to watch live television within Front Row, though you’ll have to deal with the commercials.

What’s your favorite way to view television on your computer?

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6 thoughts on “Watch commercial-free TV in Front Row with PyeTV

  1. I just finished writing a Python module for OS X called PyAVC. It allows you to capture video from your firewire-capable cable box to your Mac in MPEG2-TS format — you can literally roll your own DVR. If you’re interested in PyAVC, check out: http://kenkeiter.com/2009/01/29/write-your-own-dvr-with-pyavc/

    I’ve been working on a FrontRow appliance with PyAVC too — I’m trying to skip the whole EyeTV thing.

    Good luck!

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