[mythtv-users] Simple HTPC setup recommendations

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Fri Dec 30 15:18:09 UTC 2011

On Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 07:45:15PM -0800, John Taylor wrote:
> I am looking to aquire a HTPC box with the following requirements:
> Input: ATSC Digital TV Antenna
> Output: HDMI to LCD or plasma tv
> Functions: Record/watch  digital TV, web browsing capabilities, and watch online streaming content. Should be able to record one channel while watching another(2
 tuners) This will be a BE/FE combo for now with possibility of having a second FE in the house.
> Disk: Internal drive. Not much space needed. Enough for my wife to record the usual (e.g. Grey's Anatomy and Desperate HW episodes).
> Quality: Very good to Excellent
> Network: Prefer wireless, but not required
> CD/DVD: not neccessary with ability to install from USB
> OS: not neccessary as I will most likely install Mythtv/mythbuntu
> I was looking at a ZOTAC, but I am not sure if there are any models with tuners.

>  and watch online streaming content.

    This is a potential sticking point since the plugins/apps for streaming content
(namely Flash) tend to be horribly inefficient. You will likely need a beefy CPU to
deal with this (IOW, no Zotac ION).


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