[mythtv-users] Myka is Shipping

Mark Knecht markknecht at gmail.com
Wed Jun 17 22:16:35 UTC 2009

On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 2:18 PM, Brian Wood<beww at beww.org> wrote:
> It seems Myka is finally shipping, at least I received mine yesterday, having
> waited since last February.
> http://www.myka.tv/home.html
> Not a replacement for Myth, obviously, but an interesting (though perhaps
> over-priced) product.
> It will play my PVR-150 recordings via Myth's UPnP server, my D-Link DSM-520
> would not do that, apparently too high a bitrate. It plays h264 files quite
> well.
> Since the OS is open and available for hacking, it might ultimately be
> possible to make this unit a complete Myth frontend. The AppleTV-like form
> factor is nice, and it has a full set of A/V output connectors, a nice remote
> and a decent user interface. It has 2 USB host ports and a downstream
> (type "B") port for direct access to the internal storage. It also came with
> an 802.11n WiFi dongle. It does have a small fan, but I can't hear it (though
> I admit my ears are not what they were 40 years ago). You can also connect a
> USB DVD drive to it.
> In the meantime, it's a decent UPnP client, with several other useful features
> (I'll not discuss the BitTorrent and Usenet clients here).
> I had ordered the 80GB unit, figuring there was no point in buying hard drives
> from them, but it came with a 250GB drive, perhaps in an attempt to
> compensate me for the long delay in shipping. In fact, I don't even see a
> 250GB unit for sale, perhaps it's hard to buy small drives these days.
> It's certainly useable out of the box by non-techies, but seems to have a lot
> of potential as an adjunct to a Myth system.
> My only complaint so far is the front panel LEDs are almost bright enough to
> read by, I may have to put some ND gray gel over them.
> --
> Brian Wood
> beww at beww.org

Nice looking unit specs. Congrats on the purchase and getting a larger drive.

160 Million installed BitTorrent clients to talk to sounds like a good
opportunity to get myself in trouble with Comcast! ;-)

- Mark

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