[mythtv-users] Small front end???
nick.rout at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 23:05:05 UTC 2009
On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 11:42 AM, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
> On Monday 02 November 2009 15:28:04 A JM wrote:
>> On Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 2:25 PM, Ken Bass <kbass at kenbass.com> wrote:
>> > A JM wrote:
>> >> Just cam across this on Engadget... thought peeps might be interested.
>> >> http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/02/xbmc-arm-port-teased-will-manage-hd-p
>> > Looks like it completely misses the mark on the audio front. Who wants HD
>> > with only analog Stereo output?
>> > It has no digital audio capabilities. Its HDMI port is video only. It
>> > does not really align with a HTPC purpose, but might be neat for handheld
>> > video games or something.
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>> I'd also be good with HDMI and analog... not that digital wouldn't also be
>> I'm also very skeptical that something this small will be able to deliver
>> and will believe it when I see it. I just can't image that it will be able
>> to do 1920x1080... I like the direction things are going though...
> Something that small doing 1920x1080 is not surprising, many devices using a
> Sigma chip are about that size.
> As long as it's using hardware decoding, small sizer and low power
> requirements make sense, the main reason I don't like software decoding.
> VDPAU is partial hardware decoding, but not totally, the drivers seem to be
> doing a fair amount of the work.
Not sure what you mean there, any device needs drivers to interface
between the video playing software (myth, mplayer etc) and the
> But for the price point being mentioned, I'll certainly give something like
> that a go.
Exactly, and if no one gives it a go we'll never know what it is capable of.
There are videos on youtube of it playing 720p , eg
The examples seem to be gathered here:
If someone gets xbmc running well on it, it should do OK as a myth
frontend, given that xbmc works OK as a frontend. (not with the polish
or flexibility of a real frontend, in that not all the options are
there. But as an occasional frontend in a bedroom or kitchen etc it
could work well (and you have a real frontend in the lounge to do
So it won't suit everyone, it won't suit someone who wants digital or
surround sound. But its possibly another tool in the armoury.
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