[mythtv-users] PVR to the extreme!

John Thomas jwt9478 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 15 19:44:09 UTC 2004

On Fri, 15 Oct 2004 00:54:42 -0400, Michael T. Dean
<mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:
> On 10/12/2004 10:05 PM, Mike Vega wrote:
> > I know it's a WinXP software package but I just had to show you guys
> > this.
> >
> > http://www.snapstream.com/Community/Articles/medusa/default.asp
> >
> > 6, count them, 6 Hauppauge PVR-250BTV (aka Hauppauge "Roslyn" board) in
> > one PRV machine.  If they can do it under WinXP, why can't we.  Any
> > takers?
> Just installed 4 PVR-250MCE's in a friends Myth box on Tuesday.  Works
> like a charm (Athlon XP 2000+, 512MB RAM).  He could get a fifth card,
> but 6 is out of the question--the motherboard only has 5 slots.
> IvyTV will support up to 8 cards in one machine (assuming the machine
> has 8 bus-master-capable PCI slots).  It used to support up to 9, but a
> ceiling of 8 allowed simplifying the code, and since even with 8, the
> DMA channel will probably be swamped, the driver was simplified to
> support 8.
> > Also, is this version of the PRV250 supported under IVTV?  Didn't
> > recognize this flavor.
> That's the Conexant "blackbird" reference design.  It is *not* supported
> under ivtv (it uses the wrong kind of chip).  However, Jelle Foks has
> been working hard to add support for the blackbird cards to the cx88
> driver ( http://www.foks.8m.com/cx88-blackbird.html ).
> > If anyone has a similar setup, lets hear about it.  The SnapStream guys
> > can't have all the fun!!
> The fun part is trying to figure out how to improve the signal
> quality...  Amplifier, better cabling/connectors.  Getting 4 digital
> receivers (my preference, but he doesn't want to spend $6 x 4 each
> month--plus the additional charge for digital cable instead of analog).
> Mike
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Is it just me, or is there anyone else out there that doesn't
understand the need for over 4 tuner cards?  Is there really that much
quality TV out there that there is always 4 programs scheduled
concurrently that you just cannot miss?

Maybe it's different for me because I don't have a full household. 
It's just me and a girlfriends that likes to record "America's Next
Top Model". ;-)

I have one PVR-250 right now, but am looking into installing a second
for the holidays. Maybe I'm behind the times. It would be nice if some
people could outline the scenerios when having a 5, 6, 7 tuner card
system is handy.  :-)

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