[mythtv-users] Commercial PVR offerings - is MythTv still competitive ?

George Mogielnicki george at begos.ca
Tue Feb 10 15:17:00 UTC 2009

HD-PVR is a requirement for me, actually, the ability to capture HD
content at full resolution from any HD receiver, cable or satellite. Blue
Ray rips is certainly a bonus.I know there are some receivers out there
where a firewire can be used for capture, but this is too dependand on
particular models. HD-PVR is the only capture device that I know of that
fits the requirements and is experimentally supported.

btw, in my $500 total bill I have included HD-PVR.


> On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 09:32:17AM -0500, George Mogielnicki wrote:
>> I think you did not follow the post from the beginning. Unfortunately,
>> this is happening a lot on this thread, just knee jerk reactions to the
>> latest snippet. Let me try again:
>> I'm a mythv user for at least 3 or 4 years (my first was Fedora 3 or 4
>> using Jarod Wilson guide). I have a working SD system on Happauge 150
>> card, 2TB of raid storage on NFS, etc... I'm not afraid of Linux and
>> command line, my kids have ltsp workstations running ubuntu, Windows is
>> relegated to vmware, I run lots of Linux server and desktop stuff at
>> home
>> ...
>> I already have something ugly sitting next to my audio rack. If I
>> ugrade,
>> I want an improvement - small, CF boot, silent as possible, has to play
>> 1080 HD, hence miniItx. For this configuration VDPAU is a must at least
>> from thermal point of view.
>     Well... it depends.
>     vdpau is not a requirement. It's not a requirement for HD in general.
> It's not even a requirement for h264 HD in particular. It's more a
> convenience than anything else. It also should make the system cheaper.
> The interest in VDPAU here centers mainly around the recently released
> HD-PVR and bluray rips. People have been doing HD here already.
>     I already have a box that sits nicely in the A/V amoire and does a
> pretty good job decoding HD captures from the HD-PVR.
>     For the HD Homerun, all any machine in the house will handle the
> HD recordings including the AppleTV in the bedroom. The AppleTV can
> even almost manage the HD h264 recordings.
> [deletia]
>     If the HD-PVR spat out MPEG2 or DIVX, the interest here over
> vdpau would probably be minimal.

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