[mythtv-users] Switch to enable "TiVO" like experience? WAS Re:mythtv keeping recordings of everything i watch?

Ivan Kowalenko ivan.kowalenko at gmail.com
Tue Aug 8 04:29:06 UTC 2006

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On Aug 7, 2006, at 08.58, Kevin Hulse wrote:


> 	...alternatively, it could be setup to just use RAM. That
> could translate to a really small buffer or really large physical
> memory requirements. But that could still be an option and desktop
> systems can hold 4GB or more of ram these days.

Theoretically, you could create a RAM disk and store it there, yes.  
Except, that might break for remote front-ends, doesn't give much  
mercy to those of us using older machines (my Celeron 600 primary  
backend might not take nearly that much RAM), or just don't want to  
invest in that much RAM. And HD would be an issue too, given that HD  
is around 7 GB/hr. A half hour of recording would consume  
approximately 3.5 GB at that size, leaving about 512 MB for  
everything else. God help you if you decide to watch that program for  
more than a half hour. Or if you sit down to watch a movie that's  
 >1.5 hrs, even at Standard Definition (using MPEG-2).

I'm not trying to insult you or anything, in fact, I admire your  
ingenuity as a solution to this problem, it just has some problems.
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