[mythtv-users] Ubuntu TV

Ronald Frazier ron at ronfrazier.net
Wed Jan 11 12:49:48 UTC 2012

On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 7:19 AM, Ryan Patterson <ryan.goat at gmail.com> wrote:
> But he did respond in a thread that is explicitly discussing "Ubuntu
> TV", which is designed to run on. . . TV's.  Also very important, HTPC
> means "Home Theater Personal Computer".  That implies that the visual
> interface for the HTPC is a large theater like screen.  Maybe even a
> TV that you usually sit ten+ feet away from.  The counter-top device
> that sits in the kitchen that he later described is not a HTPC.

Lets say in your house, you've got 3 pretty much identical computer.
All 3 have the same processor, same memory, same graphics card. All 3
have a digital TV capture card hooked up to your cable or antenna. The
all run the exact same software, with a user interface that is
designed around viewing and managing TV recordings and video files.
One of these computers is in your living room hooked up to a 60" TV.
One of them is in your bedroom hooked up to a 24" TV. And one of them
is in your kitchen hooked up to a 24" touchscreen monitor. So which
ones are considered HTPCs and which ones are not? All 3 are used for
the same purpose.

Sorry, but the term HTPC has expanded beyond what you think of. If
it's a general purpose computer that is configured around the idea of
media playback being its primary purpose, that's pretty much an HTPC.

Ron Frazier

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