[mythtv-users] Goals and Aspirations of MythTV

Dean Collins Dean at cognation.net
Mon May 10 05:22:57 UTC 2010

Maybr a good idea is like what the pc magazine do; What hardware would
you buy if you wanted to spend $2,000, $1,000 and $500 on a MythTV
solution and then update this "pricepoint configuration" every 6 months
or so as technology changed.









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[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Indulis Bernsteins
Sent: Monday, May 10, 2010 1:12 AM
To: mythtv-users at mythtv.org
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Goals and Aspirations of MythTV


> As for making myth run for your country of choice:
> All you need is to configure the program for your language preference.
> Capturing is done by the capture device you chose which also should
> been chosen for your specific needs 

As Bill Wobblestick would say "aye, and there's the rub!". 

As someone who has built a couple of Mythtv systems over the years, the
remaining awful, risky, painful, tedious, "must-be-a-tech-geek" area is
finding a tuner card that works.  I'm talking DVB-T here folks, not
analog inputs. 

If you look at LinuxTV and Mythtv and other wikis there is lots of great
information about tuners that you can no longer buy, or are PCI when
your system only has PCI-E slots.  TO find out about actual support you
need to delve into the linuxtv mailing lists, and/or read the source
code for comments like "Scumby XYZ tuner (revision E) is now supported,
revision F sold in the same packaging and indistinguishable from
revision E until you plug it onto your system is not now, and never will
be supported". 

The mythtv developers have done a great job to make mythtv reasonably
simple to implement, and can't be blamed for the tuner fiasco we see
now.  Proprietary chips, internal changes to tuners where chipsets are
changed with no change in external name or packaging of the tuner
card/USB stick, all these and more are the blight on the world of

I've tried to do my bit and update the LinuxTV wiki with my experiences,
but again the tuners I have working now are not that accessible or
useful (PCI- no longer sold, USB- one of 2 tuners on the Pinnacle USB
stick works). 

Maybe we should approach one of the smaller manufacturers to get some
"certified for Mythtv" cards/USB sticks.  If all Mythtv users used just
that product it might be enough quantity to get their interest. 

Maybe Mythtv needs a "report my installation" which would (say) every 6
months ask you if it can send back a snapshot of the tuner cards in
people's systems, as well as giving us an idea of the # of mythtv users
in various countries.  WIth some real number then we might be able to
make a case to hardware manufacturers.

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