[mythtv-users] MythTV on a laptop

Matthew Zimmerman mzimmerman at gmail.com
Wed Nov 30 12:32:23 UTC 2011

> Given that he mentions "a 9 pin squid that I have used for S-video
> output before", SD should be assumed.
> I'd get a network attached tuner like the HD Home Run.  If you don't
> need encrypted channels, get the original (not the Prime) and start
> with that.  That's a good choice for a machine with no expansion slots
> and slower USB 1.1.  Install the software on the laptop and get it
> running using the built-in keyboard and display.  Record some SD
> channels, see how it looks and if you like it.  If you do, expand out
> with whatever else you want to add.  Take everything one step at a
> time.

Your approach you recommend is good here, networked HD Home Run, but
if the source is OTA in the USA, there's no content that is encoded in
SD.  You have to go to the digital sub channels to get content.
Transcoding everything is less than desirable.

So OP Alex, you're welcome to try it, but realize if you can't decode
HD, then you're going to have to cpu-intensively transcode everything
before watching it.  For OTA in the USA these days, you need to do HD.


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