[mythtv-users] AppleTV with Linux

Steve Daniels steve.p.daniels at googlemail.com
Fri Feb 8 12:10:04 UTC 2008

On 08/02/2008, Scott D. Davilla <davilla at 4pi.com> wrote:
> >Mostly in response to davilla at 4pi's posting re: appletv...
> >
> >So, does a straight linux install w/MythFrontend actually net usable
> >1080i HD playback? I am willing to forego the Apple software and use
> >straight linux.
> >
> >Anyone else do this and have some data to share? $229 and some legwork
> >sounds great for another HD-capable mythfrontend. Heck, even an
> >SD-only front end might be fine for the bedroom to replace my aging
> >ReplayTV.
> >
> 1080i mpeg2 HD content is quite usable, I'm watching LiveTV at 1080i
> right now (testing subtle changes). cpu usage is around 72 percent.
> OSD overlay at 1080i will start glitching the audio. I run 720p with
> software decode. This is current svn as of r15831. MPlayer of the
> same 1080i content is around 55 percent cpu. Mytht was also in the 55
> percent range about six months ago but it been creeping up since the
> ffmpeg sync.
<snip />
> The take home message is, right now about 85-95 percent there. If you
> want something to deploy and forget, not quite there.

This would all be amazing, if in the UK the AppleTV wasn't selling for
a price equivalent to $388 instead of that cheery $229 you guys get to
pay! I can't bring myself to be ripped off by that much.. Maybe in
time - it's still a lot cheaper than anything I could build myself I
think. Heck it looks like a great stable fully fledged SD mythfrontend
for that price!

Scott, is your specific approach documented somewhere? If not I'll
patiently await its arrival ;-)

Steve Daniels

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