[mythtv-users] Streaming recordings
beww at beww.org
Fri Aug 20 14:49:09 UTC 2010
On Friday, August 20, 2010 08:37:56 am Dan Rose wrote:
> Keywords: upnp
> Keywords: affordable front-end
> Patriot Media Player:
> I have one of these as a poor-man's mythtv frontend and I am
> impressed. They are on-sale new for $55 after rebate, as
> Dealnews and points to newegg.com. ( I paid $65 for mine)
> I run my Patriot wireless with an 802.11/n usb adapter ($8 that I
> picked up from dealnews), but required the right router settings.
> move my patriot occasionally, and ethernet always works with no
> My myth backend is ATSC over-the-air only, but the patriot player
> capabilities well beyond that.
> UPNP streams to Patriot Box Office HD Media Player, better and
There are TONS of "Media Players" out there right now, many of
them well under $100. Many are "Networked Media Tanks", such as
the Popcorn Hour and the Myka.
The features run the gamut. In particular you want to check if they
can handle .MKV files, or DTS audio, and what network protocols
they support. Some can even handle Netflix "Watch Instantly", and
that feature doesn't seem to increase the cost by much.
They pretty much all use hardware decoding (Sigma Designs or
similar), and are thus low power consumption units, but of course
they come nowhere near what a real Myth frontend can do.
WiFi connections are usually iffy, especially with HD content.
The problem is figuring out which of the many choices is best for
you, the lowest cost unit may not be the one you want.
All of them are better and cheaper at playing video than a PS3,
which draws a lot of power. An XBOX-360 can also work as a UPnP
player, but also draws significant power.
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