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If you are like me who loves the freedom of MythTV and Mythbuntu and XXMCE but don’t want to pay for Schedules Direct, here is a way to get a free program guide. You will need an active internet connection for all steps.

  1. Download this file and extract the contents.
  2. Copy the extracted files – mc2xml and mythupdate.sh – to /home/user/.mc2xml (use your username in place of user)
  3. Open your terminal and execute the command cd .mc2xml
  4. Execute the command ./mc2xml –help and follow the instructions. In my case, I have to execute the command ./mc2xml -c us -g 25214
  5. Choose your proper cable provider. In my case, it was Suddenlink (CAB).
  6. After mc2xml had finished its job, execute the command bash mythupdate.sh to download the program information.

That’s almost all there is to it! If you would like for the program guide info to be updated every night, you will have to issue a new cron job. If you would like to have mythupdate.sh download the info every night at midnight, then follow these instructions:

  1. Open your terminal and execute the command crontab -e
  2. Delete all text on the screen and type in 0 0 * * * bash /home/user/.mc2xml/mythupdate.sh (use your username in place of user)
  3. Hit CTRL + O (the letter O, not the number 0) to save the text, and then hit CTRL + X to exit and save the cron job.

NOTE: mc2xml will NOT work with TitanTV.