[mythtv-users] Re: If You Were to Mass Produce MythTV Boxes...

Chris Petersen lists at forevermore.net
Sun Sep 5 14:34:38 EDT 2004

I have a more important question..  How many people here would be 
willing to BUY a box with mythtv preinstalled?

The company I work for has the means to (and a small amount of interest 
in) build boxes (probably a low-end proc with a pvr-250 and good vid 
card).  We can't provide support for mythtv, so it really becomes a 
matter of how many boxes we'd sell vs the cost of R&D.

The other problem is that as a small company, we can't compete with the 
prices from places like newegg (our wholesale prices are occasionally 
even more than their retail prices).  So given that most people in the 
mythtv community are capable of building their own boxes, and thus 
getting their machine for less than we could sell it, there is a big 
problem with trying to convince people to buy from us.

Anyway, I've put forth these arguments before.  I'd *LOVE* to be able to 
help produce mythtv boxes, but it seems that the only real market for 
them at the moment (esp. until we get zap2it surveys built in) is people 
who "know what they are doing" -- and it's hard to convince those people 
that paying $100-200 more for the same hardware is a good deal.


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