[mythtv] Will the wife like it?
John S Flowers
Fri, 20 Dec 2002 00:46:50 -0600
Forgot to answer your actual questions.
On Thursday, December 19, 2002, at 11:42 PM, John S Flowers wrote:
>> I would like to have a better feel for:
>> - how the resolution/quality level of the video from MythTV compares
At 640x480 using MPEG-4, I think it compares very well to the Replay or
TiVo "Medium" quality setting. I do not think the menu system compares
well at all to the clean icons and text on the TiVo or ReplayTV, even
with a VGA2NTSC converter. I've had to crank the font size up and play
with fonts to get the text to a point where it is bearable, even on a
large screen television.
(I might be missing some crucial detail here. Maybe others don't have
>> - what features of the Tivo/Replay software and remote will my wife
>> if I build a MythTV box
The remote is a pain. It's been discussed.
You're missing the ability to do keyword searching for shows, build
show "theme" channels, create categories and a few other things. Most
of them are not very interesting.
The feature I miss (from Replay) is the organization of shows in
categories, by date recorded. That way, I always know what show was
recorded most recently and which order I should watch the recordings in.
>> - reliability of MythTV: how many of you have lost shows or missed
>> recordings because of hardware/software or just configuration issues
I've missed a few shows. I can't seem to leave the unit alone long
enough to see if it will run for weeks without a problem. My guess is
it would run fine, but I have no proof past 4-5 days of uptime.
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