[mythtv-users] Advice on media players

Kevin Kuphal kkuphal at gmail.com
Thu Dec 3 17:09:39 UTC 2009

On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 8:54 AM, Michael Tiller <michael.tiller at gmail.com>wrote:

> I have a MythTV system (MythBuntu 9.10) that is the hub of my media
> network.  My in-laws live with us and they currently use a MediaMVP to
> access their programs.  However, we are getting them an HDTV and so we want
> to have an HD capable media player to go with it
> My wife and I have a Popcorn Hour in our room and it basically works.  Not
> exactly the most polished piece of hardware but at least it has the
> necessary codecs, etc.  By the way, in case anybody is interested I wrote my
> own custom web app to provide a crude MythTV interface to the Popcorn Hour.
> Only supports playback and deletion, but that is all we needed.  You can
> find the source code here <http://github.com/mtiller/MythPCH>.
> Back to the topic at hand.  I'm not exactly doing backflips over the
> popcorn hour so I'm open to other possibilities.  My requirements are:
>    1. HD output (their TV is going to be 720p).
>    2. Must be able to handle playback of both MPEG2 and whatever format
>    the HD-PVR spits out (H.264 I assume).
>    3. Must be able to connect and playback MythTV recordings on the
>    network.
>    4. Must be consumer friendly.  The more "out of the box" the better.
>    Although a "hacker" solution is fine for me, it has to be push button simple
>    for them (and reliable).
> I'm not looking for high end.  Just whatever can do these things and is
> reasonably cheap but reliable.
> The PCH fits the bill on all of the above.  I'm just wondering if there is
> anything else I should be looking at.  For example, Newegg has this
> combination Blu-ray/DLNA player<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16882005044>for $169.99.  I doubt my in-laws would use the Blu-ray much and I'd be
> concerned that the DLNA support wouldn't provide seamless MythTV integration
> but nevertheless it is interesting because of the range of capabilities.
> So is the PCH the best HD MythTV player out there or is there something
> better (and by that I mean mostly cheaper :-).
> Thanks.
> P.S. - Just noticed that A-110's are out of stock at popcornhour.com.
> Doh!  Anybody know where else they can be had?

Get a Revo or similar and run a Myth frontend.  Anything else will be a
subpar experience.

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