[mythtv-users] Does MythTV Obviate a DVD Player?

Paul Woodward paul_woodward at fastnet.co.uk
Fri Sep 3 03:28:35 EDT 2004

Does anyone have any experience of driving a projector via DVI or VGA vs component from a separate DVD player?


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>From: BP [mailto:lists at qucae.com]
>Sent: Friday, September 3, 2004 06:32 AM
>To: 'Discussion about mythtv'
>Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Does MythTV Obviate a DVD Player?
>John Smith wrote: 
>> If you have a MythTV box, is there any reason to 
>> get/have a stand-alone DVD player? I need to get a DVD 
>> player - the ones I was looking at had the Faroudja 
>> chip and were around $500. Does MythTV have all the 
>> functionality of these DVD players? 
>> Thanks, 
>> John 
>That's a very subjective question. Functionally, you will get all the 
>same features plus some extra control. However, you stated you're 
>looking at the Faroudja chipset and spending $500. If, you have a good 
>enough tv and you're able to tell the difference between the picture of 
>a $500 Faroudja based player and a $100 player, you might not be happy 
>with MythTV as your primary DVD player. There's a lot of variables with 
>getting a great picture out of a computer through your tv. Some people 
>claim to get very good pictures. Others claim horrible luck. It comes 
>down to things such as what video card you use, what type of connection 
>(svideo, composite, DVI, direct VGA, VGA to component converter, etc), 
>your tv's abilities and how much time/patience you have to fiddle with X. 
>For me, my $120 five disk DVD player (component) provides a much better 
>picture on my 50 inch HDTV than I have been able to get out of Myth 
>(DVI). If configuring X modelines interested me, I could possibly 
>muster an equivalent picture. It doesn't, however. I'm very happy with 
>MythTV as an advanced VCR/music library. For now, it is not my movie 

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