[mythtv] USB tv tuner with mpg2 compression

Andrew De Ponte mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Fri, 6 Dec 2002 08:29:25 -0800

I was not sure that they had a working driver out yet. Are you sure that they
noted it was out and working? If so could you please post the site where this
is said. If there is a stable driver out I am highly highly highly interested
in working on this and getting it to work. I will write as much code as
needed. Please toss me as much info as anyone can on this subject.

On (12/06/02 03:15), kevin thayer wrote:
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> Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 03:15:52 -0800 (PST)
> I saw this mentioned earlier, but it died a quick
> death and Isaac mentioned that he wasn't particularly
> interested in usb devices (Isaac, would you mind
> mentioning why?) 
> anyhoo, I'd like to bring it back :) The hauppage PVR
> USB dealie claims to have a working usb driver (
> http://pvrusb.sourceforge.net ), which outputs mpeg2
> data to /dev/usb/lp0 . You can evidently just run
> 'mplayer /dev/usb/lp0' and away you go. That seems
> cool. Is that format usable by MythTV? Or easily made
> usable? ( cat /dev/usb/lp0 > /spool/videofile.mpg )??
> If so, that could remove a major block to the Via C3
> boxes being viable MythTV platforms. (though not that
> much cheaper; assuming 'free' nfs harddisk, memory,
> and dvd drive, you're looking at $500, vs $750 for an
> xpc sporting a nice hd, ram, and a p4 2000mhz)
> Still more than a tivo, but it plays dvds!
> I'm curious about the c3 mini-PCs. Anyone out there
> have one and played with it? I have questions! :)
> (heck i'm tired. I'll add the questions here.. assume
> linux os)
> is the onboard mpeg/2 decoder supported (probably
> not?)
> does the sp/dif out work?
> does the tv-out work just out of the bios (ie no linux
> config necessary)
> can it play dvds without dying (with/without mpg
> decoder working)?
> thanks guys. I can't wait to throw a pc together and
> play with this.
> -tmk
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