[mythtv-users] Best approach for TV output (composite/s-video)?

Prash prashk at staff.btltd.net
Thu Sep 23 06:41:32 EDT 2004

Some guidelines applicable as of date:

- If you're buying a box with a builtin tvout and you want to run latest
distros then don't go for ATI. Their closed source drivers suck. SiS and
Nvidia is your best bet with plenty of support. I've heard Via is pretty
good as well.

- If you already have a builtin tvout, then go for a PVR250. If you don't
then use PVR350. I must warn you tho that X looks a bit odd on TV and you
can't adjust overscan. Picture quality is crisp and myth looks great. I've
a pundit-r (ati I know) and I'm usinf FC2's ati drivers.

PVR X50 comes with all sorts of converters - but you should be able to buy
one for cheap.

> All-
> I've been using Myth since about v0.7, and I think I'm finally on the
> verge
> of buying the equipment for a set-top box, so we can actually watch
> recorded shows on our TV.  I saw the thread started by mladwig at comcast,
> but
> the TV in that thread accepts component inputs.  Unfortunately, my TV will
> only accept s-video or composite inputs.
> I've seen people mention using NVidia cards with tv-out, and I've seen
> people using the PVR-350s.  The set-top box I have in mind out has enough
> horsepower that it doesn't need the decoding capabilities of the PVR-350,
> but it might be worth it to go ahead and get it if the video quality is
> noticeably better than what I would get from an NVidia card.  (I could
> always use another tuner anyway.)
> Given that we'd probably be using the box for TV, MythVideo, MythMusic,
> and
> MythGame (as well as some of the other modules -- those are the ones I can
> think that would be graphically intensive (including visualizations in
> MythMusic that might benefit from hardware acceleration)), does anyone
> have
> suggestions as to which way to go?
> Thanks for reading.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
> -Jeff
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