[mythtv-users] Backend/Frontend hardware (new system)

Tyler T tylernt at gmail.com
Mon Sep 17 21:27:03 UTC 2012

Do you still intend to record TV for later viewing? I don't see a
tuner in your hardware list.

FYI a DVR doesn't require expensive hardware if you're willing to give
up commflagging* and transcoding**. Pretty much any PC new enough to
have SATA will work as a backend-only, so you could get some random
used desktop PC for cheap off Craigslist and run it headless in a
closet. Then you can use whatever you like for a separate frontend
such as a WD Live or similar media player***.

* I prefer manual 30-second skip anyway
** Just get a bigger hard drive, not worth the trouble IMHO
*** Note that using something other than an actual Myth FE will
require you to schedule recordings via MythWeb, but most probably
won't find this a dealbreaker

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