[mythtv-users] New to building computers and MythTV

jedi at mishnet.org jedi at mishnet.org
Mon Mar 26 14:20:04 UTC 2007

> I'm concerned with just getting standard cable TV.  I might be hooking
> this
> up to an HD TV, but I won't be getting HD channels.
> Any other suggestions?

     Don't worry so much. Just make sure whatever you have doing the
recordings can be upgraded. Separate frontend/backend setups are great
for this because then the backend can be built more like a regular PC.
Even if you have a single system, there are plenty of nice cases at that
are big enough, quiet enough and cool enough to host everything and still
sit in the living room.

     You can get mATX boards that will fit into the fancier Antec HTPC
cases that still have 3 PCI slots on them & also come with PCIe. One of
those in an overture II + 750G drive + PVR150 + ir blaster + remote
should be a good start.

> Any pros/cons to using Ubuntu?

     Ubunutu has worked fine for me. The problems you tend to see
with something like MythTV tend to be cross distribution. There are
nice ivtv (for the PVR150) build instructions for Ubuntu. lirc is
universally troublesome so Ubuntu doesn't really make a difference

     apt-get is a really nice installation mechanism.

> On 3/22/07, jedi at mishnet.org <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:
>> >> You have not said where you are in the world. If you are in North
>> >> America, you REALLY have to consider the upgrade path you will have
>> to
>> >> follow. Analog signals are going away in the not too distant future
>> and
>> >> digital will be it. "Standard TV' as in 525 line NTSC level content
>> will
>> >>   continue to exist for years but new content will be at higher
>> >> definition.
>> >
>> > This isn't entirely true.  Over the air (as in with an antenna) analog
>> > signals are going away soon, because of the federal mandate.  The new
>> > rules don't effect cable.  Of course, that's not to say that the cable
>> > companies won't decide to faze the analog channels out on their own.
>>     Even if they do, that doesn't matter. What really matters in
>> the end is whether or not you've got some sort of accessable video
>> feed. Given the large numbers of legacy hardware out there both in
>> terms of TV's and set top boxes, I don't see readily accessable
>> SD signals going away any time soon.
>> [deletia]
>>      ...been using digital cable with PVR's for years.
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