[mythtv-users] Apple iTV - MythTV Frontend?

Chris Ribe chrisribe at gmail.com
Wed Jan 10 03:42:49 UTC 2007

On 1/9/07, shadestalker at gmail.com <shadestalker at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 1/9/07, Peter A. Daly <petedaly at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I'm thinking this may be the cheapest way to get a nice quality silent
> HD
> > frontend.
> Specs from the Apple store:
> Video
>     * • Video formats supported: H.264 and protected H.264 (from
> iTunes Store): 640 by 480, 30 fps, LC version of Baseline Profile; 320
> by 240, 30 fps, Baseline profile up to Level 1.3; 1280 by 720, 24 fps,
> Progressive Main Profile. MPEG-4: 640 by 480, 30 fps, Simple Profile

Moving off topic here, but it looks like 720p24 must be coming to iTMS,
because 720p24 h.264 content sure as hell won't be coming from anywhere

I've been doing a lot of transcoding using Compressor (Apple's version of
transcode/mencoder - sporting a barely friendlyier UI) lately, and DV to
h.264 NTSC transcodes take 2 minutes/ minute on a Mac Pro.  Of course, I
used to endure 9 hour DVD rips on my iBook, but the thought of transcoding,
say, the Super Bowl for playback on an Apple TV makes my head spin.

On a related note, while I was watching the stevenote this afternoon, I
thought to myself  "What an odd term to use" when he first started talking
about how the iTV was for "Widescreen TVs" but it supported "720p."

It didn't even cross my mind at the time that it might not actually be HDTV
capable, but having seen the specs now it seems perfectly obvious.

He doesn't have anything against the term "HDTV," he just couldn't use it
because iTV isn't!
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