[mythtv-users] Hardware Specs

Rob Ogle rogle at css1.cc
Sun Dec 17 18:56:15 UTC 2006

Ahh...so on the FE I just need a video card with tv-out, correct?

I think it's becoming more clear. I'll put together a new spec list and see
what you guys think.  

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[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Russell Brown
Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2006 1:14 PM
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Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Hardware Specs

> I'm definitely cool with going cheap. I just want to make sure I get 
> what I need.
> The way I read it, I needed the dual tuner card (pvr-500) so I could 
> record and playback at the same time, correct?

You need a dual tuner card in order to record two shows at once.

Within myth, tv watching is carried out by playing a recorded file. Watching
live tv is done by starting playback at the beginning of a file while your
card is appending to the end of the file.
If you are watching a previously recorded show, then the tuner is idle.

Thus, you might need to record two shows at once, in order to watch show 1
in live tv on the frontend/backend while show 2 is being watched on the
frontend Or using picture in picture. Or the ordinary meaning of recording
two shows at the same time.

I do not think there is much reason to put a tuner in the frontend until you
have used up your pci slots in the backend. (If someone disagrees, please
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