[mythtv-users] UK based system

Richard Morton richard.e.morton at gmail.com
Mon Jul 6 22:17:21 UTC 2009


I also have a uk myth system, like most I buikt it myself, it is afterall
simply a pc with a lot of cards.

I use nova-t500 cards and it works dine except mythbackend eestarting every
couple of days for some reason.

Andrew herron, on the list has a fressat hd card in one of his systems.
Freesat hd simply uses a dvb-s transmission so any dvb-s card should be fine
hauppauge do a single tuner one.

Ibelieve dvb-s2 isn't supported in released versions yet, I am sure someone
will correct me if I am wrong.


Please excuse brevity and mistakes, this email was composed on a mobile

Thanks and regards,
Richard Morton

On Jul 6, 2009 11:08 PM, "Jason Ward" <Jason.Ward at 3dtlimited.com> wrote:

I've been looking around for someone in the UK that makes and sells Myth
systems, I've found one, but unfortunatly not somone I feel able to trust.

So it looks like I will need to do it myself.

What I want is back end system with 2 dual tuners for DVB-T (Freeview) and
either a dual tuner or two tuners for HD Satellite (Freesat).

I then want two silent or near silent front end systems.

I've read the hardware requirements wiki page, and looked at various cards
avaialble to me.  I was hoping for an upto date shopping list, this as you
probably all know, not the case.

I think I've got the Freeview/DVB-T cards I need as Hauppague WinTV NovaT
digital PCI TV card<http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=212325&sku=63045>however
I can't find a HD Satellite card, do any exist?  Or am I trying to
reach for the impossible?

What I'm also not sure about is how much processing power I will need, I was
thinking Gigabyte GA-M720-US3 socket AM2+
Phenom 9950 Quad Core Socket AM2+
8GB Ram.  But I quite honestly don't know if I'm over doing it, under
doing it, or getting it about right.  The only thing that will run on this
system with be the Myth backend.

What do people think I shoud be looking at for the front end devices?  Again
they will be single use, i.e. to play back running the Myth front end.  What
I want is guidance on the minimum spec I would need so as to know I'm going
to have a good experience playing HD content.

I also have some questions, I've played with a MythTV system I purchased
from supplier I won't be using again, but I have had a number of problems, I
wanted to know if they were perculiar to what I purchased or wether they are
part of how Myth behaves.  When recording radio broadcasts transmitted over
Freeview Myth doesnt seem to realise its audio only, is there a way to fix
this?  I've also found that my Myth system just stops recording from time to
time, there is diskspace to hold the recordings and they are marked in the
database as having been recorded... they just are not there, I am presuming
that Myth doesnt do that for everyone, but I'd like that confirmed.

Finally, is there a way to configure in some fairly high level way (i.e.
without writing code in whatever language MythTV is written in, but perhaps
writing in some fairly high level scripting language) to have MythTV log
into a website, allow me to browse the video's on that website and then
download an play them?

Jason Ward
Cheif Technology Officer
3DT Limited

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