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

Brad DerManouelian myth at dermanouelian.com
Fri Jan 4 18:05:19 UTC 2008

On Jan 4, 2008, at 9:57 AM, ryan patterson wrote:

> 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.

I meant what does SLING hope their customers will do with this  
ability? Their whole business model is built on the ability to take  
high-res video and compress it to stream to lower-bandwidth devices. 
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