[mythtv-users] Looking for Ultimate Frontend-only...

Brad mythtv at braddolman.com
Sun Mar 6 21:39:18 UTC 2005

I've been looking for the perfect frontend (only) machine for MythTV, 
and am amazed that I can't find anything that fits my criteria.

The criteria are:
- must support SDTV (so not too demanding)
- must be able to run MythFrontend so all options are available with same UI.
- must be quiet. Preferably no fans whatsoever.
- must support TV out, S-video
- should be small. Preferably something like the Roku form-factor, 
slim and reasonable good looking.
- should have a remote or allow one to be added easily and cheaply, 
hopefully internal.
- should be inexpensive <$300 USD max... hopefully $250 or even less.  ;-)
- should support net-boot
- may support 5.1 surround sound (or SPDIF) [not firm requirement]
- may support slim dvd drive [not firm requirement]

The closest I've got so far is a stripped-down Pundit (not "R"), but 
that's still a little expensive and unnecessarily big. The Roku looks 
good, but doesn't give the MythUI (read: low WAF).

That's left me looking at the Via Epia boards and one of their cool 
cases, but they seem to be kinda crazy expensive (when I can even 
find a price).

Has anyone got any suggestions? I'm all ears...  ;-)

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