[mythtv-users] Neuros OSD 2.0 could make a good FE or BE for $250

Bill Peck bill.peck at gmail.com
Wed Sep 17 15:02:38 UTC 2008

On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 10:55 AM, Travis Tabbal <travis at tabbal.net> wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 8:13 AM, Johnny Russ <jruss at mit.edu> wrote:
>> I saw this announcement for the Neuros OSD 2.0 (Open Source Device):
>> http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS9949081537.html. It only cost $250 I
>> believe and it can record from analog to 720p and can upscale to 1080i. It
>> has a TI DSP with open source drivers. Does anybody see any problems with
>> getting MythTV onto one of these? At $250 this could be a great setup.
> At $250, I'd be interested in using it as a frontend.  They say it can
> decode MP4/H264 at 720p/1080i which is as good as my system can handle
> anyway. Of course, some internet content is 1080p. It would be nice if it
> could play it back but downscale it to 720p if needed. I'm a little
> concerned as some hardware based decoders are picky about the files they
> will decode properly. I'd want to see it used in real life with nutty files
> and get decent playback. Can't ask for perfection from bad data, but not
> crashing and playing what it can would be nice. If the drivers for the DSP
> are really OSS, then it should be fixable by people that are better than me
> at such things. :)
> No Gigabit. Streaming is fine at 100Mbps, but if I put an HD in there it
> would be nice to be able to move large HD files to/from it quicker. Not a
> big issue, but one to be aware of.
> I wonder if it can take a DVD-ROM (or burner). That has some potential. The
> analog encoder for 720p would be nice as well. MP4 only, no H264 HD
> encoding. I don't really have a use for this feature at the moment, but it's
> nice to have available.

I was super excited until I saw no mention of digital audio out.  I
may be missing something but it looks like it only does stereo out
which is a huge shame as everything else looks amazing.

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