[mythtv-users] Why the need for a Decoder?
david.whyte at gmail.com
Wed Sep 8 05:44:53 EDT 2004
Wow!!! That's great news Damon, and a great reply. Thanks heaps.
[BTW: posted this back to the mailing list too as I seemed to forget
last time and this may be useful for others. Hope you don't mind]
On Wed, 8 Sep 2004 19:31:34 +1000, Damon Searle
<djsearle at netspace.net.au> wrote:
> There is no need to encode the signal as it is broadcast as mpeg 2. So all
> the card does is spit out mpeg 2 which can be written to disk by mythtv so
> there is no cpu involved. I have two cards and recording on both at the same
> time uses <5% CPU. And of course the picture quality is a lot better.
> By the way I'm taking about DVB-T which is the normal free to air TV, the
> same is true for free satellite (DVB-S) broadcasts. But for something like
> Foxtel digital which has its own tuner box you can't use a DVB card.
> Looks like Mandrake 10 uses kernel 2.6 so it might work out of the box, but
> I wouldn't expect it to work without at least compiling the drivers.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Whyte [mailto:david.whyte at gmail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, 8 September 2004 6:41 PM
> To: Damon Searle
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Why the need for a Decoder?
> Do they have the Encoder onboard? From what I can tell, they require
> a meag CPU becuase they don't!
> While I am here, how well are they supported under Mandrake 10 (if you
> On Wed, 8 Sep 2004 17:48:59 +1000, Damon Searle
> <djsearle at netspace.net.au> wrote:
> > You probably should be using a DVB (digital) card anyway; these are around
> > $200-$300 Australian.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org
> > [mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of David Whyte
> > Sent: Wednesday, 8 September 2004 2:46 PM
> > To: Discussion about mythtv
> > Subject: [mythtv-users] Why the need for a Decoder?
> > Howdy all,
> > This is probably a dumb question, but I will ask it anyways!!!
> > Why would you need the additional decoder you get from the PVR 350
> > over the PVR 250? If you have MythTV backend seperate from the
> > frontend is this extra feature unrequired?
> > PVR 350's are $500 in Australia or $400 for the 250. I am looking at
> > getting two, which means I need to take out a loan almost :|
> > Cheers,
> > Dave
> > --
> > GMAIL is 'da bomb baby....YEAH
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