[mythtv-users] new PC build that's MythTV compatible

Jim Abernathy jfabernathy at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 11:05:32 UTC 2020

On 11/2/20 5:20 AM, Paul Gardiner wrote:
> On 02/11/2020 07:01, Phill Edwards wrote:
>> On Mon, 2 Nov 2020 at 16:09, Paul Gardiner <lists at glidos.net 
>> <mailto:lists at glidos.net>> wrote:
>>      >> My research says Linux drivers are available for AMD, Nvidia, 
>> and
>>      >> Intel so I'm hoping Mythtv would work fine. However, my son 
>> says to
>>      >> stay with Radeon if I go Ryzen 5 3600 for gaming software
>>      >> compatibility. (I have no idea why)
>>      >>
>>      >> Any opinions on any of this?
>>      >>
>>      >> Jim A
>>      >>
>>      >That's waaaay more power than MythTV needs.
>>     Seconded. I've just started using this tiny thing for a front end:
>> https://store.minisforum.com/products/minisforum-n40-mini-pc. It
>>     plays everything I throw at it flawlessly. 1080p/i always perfectly
>>     smooth, including HEVC encoded video.
>> Thirded. I know you said you want to run apps other than MythTV, but 
>> FYI I just bought a new Chromecast With Google TV and it runs MythTV 
>> Mythfrontend app and the Leanfront app fine. FYI for anyone else 
>> installing Mythfrontend, you need the 32 bit APK file.
> Do you get flawlessly smooth playback of 1080i content on that when 
> using Mythfrontend? I've yet to achieve that on anything ARM based, 
> although I haven't tried any very recent hardware.
> Paul.

As to smooth playback on 1080i HD from an ARM device, I'd say yes to 
Shield TV for sure, but no on any Raspberry PI 4.  I have a RPI4 mythtv 
combo on the same UHD TV and you can really tell when you watch 
mythfrontend on it.  The display is watchable but if your mind is in 
comparison mode, it's not close. However, if you use Kodi 18 on the 
RPI4, then Mythtv playback is pretty good, I'm not seeing any noticeable 

The RPI 4 combo is what I take to the RV when we go cross country 
camping. Maybe we'll get back to that once the Covid vaccines are here.

Jim A

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