[mythtv-users] Design a low cost, dual tuner, one box solution.

Jason Ward jasonfward at gmail.com
Mon Jul 12 21:24:34 UTC 2010

On 12 July 2010 21:42, jedi <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 08:54:49PM +0100, Jason Ward wrote:
> > On 11 July 2010 23:06, Nick Rout <nick.rout at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > there have been threads before over the years about "let's make/design
> > > a consumer level mythtv box". They usually founder on the fact that
> > > everyone wants different things in their myth machine, and that you'll
> > > never make something cheaper than the consumer electronics
> > > manufacturers can!
> > >
>     It's even worse than that. State of the art cable tuners are completely
> disallowed from open systems entirely. Such tuners are restricted to
> members
> of an industry cartel and those willing to play by their rules. This not
> only
> impacts hobbyists but also smaller "garage" operations that might have a
> new
> take on the PVR.
>    Then there are the Tivo patents. There's no telling how far a court will
> let them apply those if Tivo Corp threatened by such a garage operation.
> > Snip
>     Tivo is having enough trouble with their business model an they are a
> bully
> and an early mover in this area.
> I think the ability to pursue a project like this is much greater outside
of the US.  Beyond the difficulty in making a consumer class MythTV system
in of itself, I see no problems with doing it in the UK, certainly I don't
foresee the problems you describe for US.
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