[mythtv-users] Hardware requirements, controlers, remotes, and streaming music

1canuck2 1canuck2 at sympatico.ca
Sun Sep 19 09:54:49 EDT 2004

Here's my thoughts:
A single linux box can do all you want, and it doesn't need to be super-high 

Here's what I am running:
P4 2.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 40GB and 200GB (just for recorded shows and music). I 
can use it for web-surfing while its recording a show and 
transcoding/commercial flagging a show it just finished recording.

Two do 2 encodings at once and watch live TV you will need 3 capture cards 
(one per stream). If you go with the PVR-250s, they are hardware encoding, 
so they won't chew up much CPU while watching/recording multiple streams.

The file server component does not require much if its just for internal 
use, that's what I do with mine.

I would earmark $50 of your money and buy a high-speed internet router and 
do everything you need there and not set this box up as a gateway.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gabriel Sechan" <gsechan at gmail.com>
To: <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
Sent: Sunday, September 19, 2004 3:07 AM
Subject: [mythtv-users] Hardware requirements, controlers, remotes,and 
streaming music

> I'm looking to build a MythTV box to get rid of some of the excess
> electronics aound my house.  Currently, I have 3 PCs (1 linux
> fileserver/gateway, 1 linux box, 1 windows gaming box).  I'd like to
> combine the two linux boxes and get rid of my DVD  player and VCR at
> the  same time.  What kind of hardware specs would I need to have my
> MythTV box be able to:
> 1)Handle at least 2 encodings at once (with live TV at the same time
> prefferable)
> 2)Act as a fileserver (ftp and samba).  This will be a low use
> fileserver, only for my PCs
> 3)Be the gateway for my network
> 4)I'd like to be able to use it as a linux PC when not encoding.
> Bonus if its still usable while handling 1-2 streams.
> Assume that I'm willing to shell out decent money on this- not
> thousands, but its not a shoesstring budget either.
> In addition, I know MythTV handles music files.  Can it do streaming
> music off the web?  If so- is there some way for it to also handle air
> based radio?  I know that would mean special hardware, but I'd love to
> get rid of my stereo system at the same time.  Super bonus points if I
> could save the mp3s of the streaming media at sound boundaries.
> For its emulation, is controller support decent?  I've never used a
> controller under linux.
> Is there any way to use a remote control with this?  Or is a remote
> basicly a wireless keyboard?
> Any answers to these questions and advice on what type of hardware I'd
> need (especially for video cards and capture cards) is appreciated).
> Gabe


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