[mythtv-users]Help on implementing myth on multiple/various TV's

Eric S myth.meister at gmail.com
Thu Dec 1 09:34:23 EST 2005

Chad -

On RF Only Inputs - Video Composite to RF convertors are simple and cheap to
buy at Radio Shack or the like . . . .

Not sure if anyone has ever tired to scale Myth on the level you are
talking, would be interesting.   Start with one Master Backend, make all
other backend slaves.  Probably best to centralize all your storage.  With
the number of tuners and possible live streams you are talking about you can
use a Terabyte easy.  Think RAID 0, for speed, this is TV, you don't need
redundant or rebuiladable, you need FAST.  A Gigabit Ethernet between each
backend and the storage server(s) would be good.

I would be concerned about fully loading 6 slots w/ PVR500's (assuming you
can find a good 6 slot MB, as they are increasingly hard to find).  Most MBs
start sharing IRQ's if you have anything more than three slots full.  Not to
say for certain that it wouldn't work, but you might want to be aware of
this possible risk.

The least expensive workable front-end I know of is the Hauppauge MediaMVP
w/ MVPmc. (http://mvpmc.sourceforge.net) Not nearly as nice the standard
Myth frontend, but allows viewing of recorded and live TV.  You can pick
these up for probably $75 each, maybe less if making a bulk buy.  Hopefully
you have Cat5(e) networking throughout the building already.

Forget HD, you would need $300-400 frontends to handle playback.  If there
is a large HDTV or two in the facility maybe go for a combo slave backend/HD
capable frontend box in that location only.

BTW, not sure what you are really up to, but in a dorm or apartment scenario
this could be viewed as rebroadcast of copyrighted material, not to mention
sharing cable subscription with potential customers, both of which could get
you in very hot water depending on the scale of the fraud.
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