I have been using mythnettv for a long while to download and import videos directly into MythTV. I want to share the feeds I regularly watch with you. Just add the following links with mythnettv or if you like with mirobridge.
TED Talks: TED is famous for its lectures, known as TED Talks, which
originally focused on technology, entertainment and design, but have
now expanded in scope to a broad set of topics including science, arts,
politics, education, culture, business, global issues, technology and
Pad Condell: Posts short monologues denouncing religion and lack of critical thinking.
Big Ideas: is a Canadian television series showcaseing public intellectual culture. The show features public lectures by acclaimed university educators and other distinguished guests.
Think Again: Lectures from tvo.
FORA.tv: Gathers the web’s largest collection of unmediated video drawn from live events, lectures, and debates at universities, think tanks and conferences.
As I wrote in a previous post, I have been using mythnettv to download internet based TV shows like the TEDTalks. But as this is my hobby, I tried out the fairly new mirobridge script that is now part of the upcoming version 0.22 of MythTV. Miro is a rather nice feed downloader, that also supports torrent files. The miro bridge allows you to use the frontend of Miro to schedule your downloads and then use a cron job to have them downloaded regularly. Where mythnettv is very CLI oriented, Miro is very GUI oriented. The advantage of mythnettv is, that it supports recording groups, the advantage of mirobridge is that it supports Fanart/Banners/Screenshots as well as archiving deleted shows from the Watched Recordings screen in MythTV to MythVideo. Another nice feature that is part of Miro is being able to download about every YouTube video you like.
My work around for the lack of recording group support in mirobridge is a small shell script, that updates all shows of a specific title to have one defined recording group. That way I can move the TEDTalks from the default group to one called "TEDTalks", or all "Mr. Deity" to a group called "Reason vs. Faith".
The programmers have disabled importing torrents into MythTV, but this can be easily enabled by opening the mirobridge_interpreter_2_5_2.py file and commenting out the section regarding "torrents". Just search in that file for "torrent" and you will find right after the text "Skip any bittorrent video downloads for legal concerns".
I have been downloading my video podcasts using podracer and watching them using MythVideo. But the downside is that the directories get clogged after a while, not all videos are worth keeping, its difficult to add more information to each download, and many more.
Enter MythNetTV! This nifty tool downloads RSS video feeds and adds them to your normal MythTV recordings page for your entertainment. Mythbuntu even has packages for it.