[mythtv] Creative Video Blaster

Chris Liscio mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Sun, 1 Dec 2002 10:58:01 -0500

> This project appears to be dead: http://pvr.sourceforge.net/news.html
> though there is some information there.  Someone did join the
> list recently
> claiming to be a device driver programmer...:-)

Anyone wish to donate some hardware?  ;)

That sourceforge project appeared to be pretty dead, yes.  IMO, I think it
was because someone found the drivers for the reference card based around
the same chip on the WinTV PVR device.  That sounds pretty promising.

The WinTV PVR that is currently "out in the wild" is capable of hardware
encode, but not hardware decode.  The next spin of the card appears to
support both encode and decode.  I don't know what the benefit of the
chipset on the WinTV is when compared to the NEC chip on the Creative card
but the Creative chip is capable of dual concurrent encode/decode streams.

I'd be surprised if the next WinTV device's chip was not as capable, if not
more so.  Given some time, money, etc, I'd love to play with that bad-boy.
I'm in the "make it so that mythTV runs on a cheesy VIA C3 chip" camp.  :)