[mythtv-users] Myth TV media extenders?

Jesse Guardiani jesse at wingnet.net
Tue Apr 4 16:25:05 UTC 2006

Brian Wood wrote:
> On Apr 4, 2006, at 7:06 AM, Nathan Vidican wrote:
>> Similar to Windows Media Extenders; ie Linksys unit, X-Box 360's,  
>> etc, and
>> similar to cheaper alternatives; is there anything one can do for a
>> mythtv-extender like?
>> Essentially, a bare-bones mythfrontend-driven box with a remote  
>> control to
>> attach to a TV. The cheaper the better, so long as it works... the  
>> idea being
>> one large mythtv backend 'server' and a frontend box on each tv in the
>> household, will be using Hauppauge PVR-500's for input from three  
>> dishnetwork
>> satellite receivers, and am looking to possibly add a fourth card  
>> for local
>> HDTV/SD-DTV signals.
> The Hauppauge MediaMVP works great with some limitations:
> The changes to the LiveTV system introduced with 0.19 have not yet  
> been incorporated into the MVP software, so you can only watch  
> recordings. Hopefully this will change soon.
> Only MPEG-2 files can be played, the hardware decoder can't handle  
> MPEG-4.
> It does have a remote and I recently bought one on closeout at  
> Circuit City for $39US, I got my first one on sale at Radio Shack for  
> $29, so if you look around you can get one cheap.

Does it have the horsepower to decode HDTV for display on it's SDTV outputs?
I didn't realize these things run Linux. How interesting. Has anyone 
hacked them?

A full blown HDTV version of this with SPDIF output and support for 802.11N
when it comes out would be really slick.

Jesse Guardiani
Programmer/Sys Admin
jesse at wingnet.net

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