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

Another Sillyname anothersname at googlemail.com
Wed Jul 14 17:09:46 UTC 2010

On 14 July 2010 17:08, Eric Sharkey <eric at lisaneric.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 8:21 AM, Greg Cope <gregcope at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Idon't know about Dual Tuner Mini PCI cards but as far as I know,
>>> DVB-T USB Sticks work quite well, and could be added as needed.
>> I use hypauage (sp)
> Hauppauge.  I used to live a stone's throw from there and I still have
> to think twice about how to spell it.
>> dual runner USB stick and it works fine for dvb (uk)
>> running 2 virtual tuners per physical for a total of 4.  Works well, use
>> less power than pci.  You get a remote and the only issue is the cabling
>> (USB and two aerial cables).  Minor issue is that the remote sensor is on
>> the USB stick so this need to hiden yet in view.
> That doesn't really satisfy the original request:
>  Consumer type 'one box' product, can't have lots of bits and
>  extraneous wires hanging off it.
> I think the pertinent questions to Another Silly Name are:
>  1. How many units are you looking to build?
>  2. If this is for charity, will assembly labor be available for no cost?
> If you have sufficient donated labor, such that you can afford to
> spend 2-3 man-hours per unit, you can do a lot of things to mount
> these USB tuners internally into a case in such a way that all that's
> visible from the back of the unit is a single coax connector and the
> ir receiver is still visible from a window in the front.
> Eric
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Numbers are hard to quantify because they'll be linked to price so you
get into that circular problem.

In the UK there are approximately 2m registered blind or sight
impaired of which about 1.2m are sight impaired in one form or

I would 'guesstimate' the potential market is somewhere between 800k and 1.2m.

On the figures I've put together you're going to end up with a unit
cost price of

Ion Atom Mobo $150
Memory 2GB $35
Dual USB Tuner $60
Case $50
HD 500gb $100
Ancillary cables, Remote Control and other bits $50

So a total cost of about $450 before manufacture, shipping and packaging.

There will be a cost for manufacture, that is subsidised but not free.

My estimate at the moment based on the current hardware spec is the
total cost is going to come in at about $600-$700.

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