[mythtv-users] Analog HD capture with realtime hardware compression

ryan patterson ryan.goat at gmail.com
Fri Jan 4 17:57:29 UTC 2008

On Jan 4, 2008 12:48 PM, Brad DerManouelian <myth at dermanouelian.com> wrote:

> On Jan 4, 2008, at 9:35 AM, ryan patterson wrote:
> Here is an announcement people might find interesting.  Apparently the
> next slingbox device (so called "Slingbox PRO HD") will capture 1080i video
> through its analog component inputs and compress it with a realtime hardware
> solution.  Check it out. . .
> http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/04/sling-medias-slingbox-pro-hd-slingplayer-for-blackberry-announ/
> *Attention:*  Before you reply and tell me, "You are stupid.  The slingbox
> PRO down grades the HD signal into a lower resolution. . .", read the
> article.  That was the "slingbox PRO" the is the this is the "slingbox PRO
> HD".
> Even if there is no way to use this with MythTV it is still really good
> news.  It shows that a cheap hardware solution for capturing and compressing
> an HD analog signal is soon to hit the market.  How long until some company
> (Hauppauge, Aver, Asus, Gigabyte, etc.) makes a cheap PCI-E card that does
> this for us?  Personally I would love silicon dust to make a HDhomerun type
> device that uses this setup.  (hint, hint)
> One has to wonder what the point is of taking in 1080i and outputting
> 1080i again. Especially at a $400 price point.
> Taking in 1080i and compressing to an internet-friendly stream like my
> Solo does makes sense to me.
> Gee I don't know.  Maybe one would like to record from an HD cable or
satellite box then watch the recording on their HDTV later.  Wait wait no,
people would never want to do that.  A personal video recorder device like
that would never be viable.

Ryan Patterson
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