[mythtv-users] Advice on media players

greg greg12866 at nycap.rr.com
Thu Dec 3 17:09:58 UTC 2009

Michael Tiller 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 
> <http://popcornhour.com>.  Doh!  Anybody know where else they can be had?
> --
> Mike
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I use a playstation3,but i have never been able to get the sound working 
on a Myth recording with out transcoding..It works great playing movies 
over my  lan...

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