List of free television software

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This is a list of free television software, and includes television-related software which is distributed as free software  under a free software licence, with the source code available.


Notable free television software

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Damn Small Linux</span> Lightweight, desktop-oriented Linux distribution

Damn Small Linux (DSL) is a computer operating system for the x86 family of personal computers. It is free and open-source software under the terms of the GNU GPL and other free and open-source licenses. It was designed to run graphical user interface applications on older PC hardware, for example, machines with 486 and early Pentium microprocessors and very little random-access memory (RAM). DSL is a live CD with a size of 50 megabytes (MB). What originally began as an experiment to see how much software could fit in 50 MB eventually became a full Linux distribution. It can be installed on storage media with small capacities, like bootable business cards, USB flash drives, various memory cards, and Zip drives.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kodi (software)</span> Free software media player

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">MythTV</span> Free and open source home entertainment application

MythTV is a free and open-source home entertainment application with a simplified "10-foot user interface" design for the living room TV. It turns a computer with the necessary hardware into a network streaming digital video recorder, a digital multimedia home entertainment system, or home theater personal computer. It can be considered a free and open-source alternative to TiVo or Windows Media Center. It runs on various operating systems, primarily Linux, macOS, and FreeBSD.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Home theater PC</span> PC meant to be used in a home theater setting

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">MediaPortal</span>

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">SageTV</span> Software for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Miro (video software)</span> Internet television software

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">GeeXboX</span>

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to software:

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