MythTV Go

MythTV Go


(3 stars)


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Play recordings from your MythTV PVR on your Android device.

Important: MythTV 0.25 is required, as it uses the new Services API.

* Easy to configure, can auto discover mythtv backend.
* Can configure multiple backends (e.g. to access via ssh tunnel).
* Recordings are shown in a list, grouped by name and recording group.
* Recording details and preview are shown when a recording is selected.
* Multiple transcoding profiles (Low, Medium & High quality).


1) An external video player is currently required to play the transcoded video streams. I currently recommend vplayer or diceplayer from the Play store. The player that I used to recommend (bsplayer) no longer works.

See my blog for some in-depth testing on video players:

Big thanks to those who've contacted me and helped out with testing and debugging! I'd appreciate it if anyone who has problems contacts me, before giving the app a 1 star rating. It's impossible for me to test every combination of phone/Android version/MythTV setup.

Version History:
* Fixed crash due to running out of memory with large lists of recordings
* Improved support for IPv6
* Improved error messages to give more details on why backend connections have failed

* Fixed a crash when backend doesn't respond as expected
* Added more details in error messages (backend name, ip and port)
* Tidied up backend preferences screen, so you can't enter multi-line name/ip addresses any more

Note: Most of the errors I see reported now are errors connecting to the backend. Hopefully the changes above will help people to diagnose what's wrong.

* A few bug fixes for Android 2.2 and 4
* Backend discovery should now be more reliable
* Added extra wifi permission for backend discovery on Android 4
* No longer compatible with Android 1.5 for a number of reasons

* Added option to keep or delete transcoded stream after viewing (it can be useful to keep the stream if you're going to continue watching the recording later).
* Added automatic backend discovery. Just use the "Find" button in the Backend Preferences screen
* Added input checking to backend preferences. Some people had added spaces etc. to the IP address which stopped it connecting to the backend.
* Other minor bug fixes.

Tags: mythtv, mythfrontend 0.25, mythtv cant rewind, mythtv service discovery, mythfrontend, mythtv go, mythtvgo, mythtv 0.25, mythtv droid media player, mythtv stream.

Recently changed in this version

* New preferences options to control how much of the stream is created on the backend, and how long to wait before the player is launched. This should help with lower powered backends that are taking longer to create the stream
* Added progress bars with status information when communicating with backend to help track down any further issues
* Preferences menu now available on every screen, to make it easier to test different settings
* Can now play recordings with spaces in the filename

Comments and ratings for MythTV Go
  • (48 stars)

    by Eric Mayo on 07/06/2014

    The only app I found that I could use to stream myth recorded content to my tablet. The UI needs work. Very difficult to fast forward and rewind. No commercial skip. Confusing UI. No apparent way to see live streams.

  • (48 stars)

    by Alastair Drong on 07/05/2014

    Works, but needs a little extra setup on the backend host.

  • (48 stars)

    by Scott Purdie on 27/12/2013

    I put this on my phone so the kids would be able to watch some TV when needed. While I have gotten this to work successfully on occasion, I cannot depend on it. What I do like is the ability to select resolution type - much more bandwidth friendly thant myth web, which is not intuitive and is clunky IMO. This, however, is spotty and crashes sometimes for no reason. Currently am running fe 13.10

  • (48 stars)

    by Brett Ellis on 28/11/2013

    Works well.

  • (48 stars)

    by Malcolm Haak on 24/08/2013

    It works and I like it

  • (48 stars)

    by Derek Jennings on 20/02/2013

    This app works great for me, but only after I read the developers web site where he describes how to debug problems with mythtv-backend. In my case my mythTV backend was not compiled with x264 support. After fixing that the app worked without problems. Those people giving a low rating should investigate their mythTV setup first. When I used VPlayer to play the content it would stop after about