[mythtv-users] Alternative to zbox for a frontend

Bert Haskins bhaskins at chartermi.net
Sun Sep 10 18:41:44 UTC 2017

On 9/10/2017 11:45 AM, Peter Bennett wrote:
> On 09/10/2017 10:47 AM, Paul Gardiner wrote:
>> On 09/09/2017 16:49, Peter Bennett wrote:
>>> On 09/09/2017 10:42 AM, Paul Gardiner wrote:
>>>> I've been using zboxs as frontends for some time now, ones with low 
>>>> power CPUs and nVidia graphics. They don't seem to last very well 
>>>> before dying, but while they work they work well. I think my 
>>>> current one is showing signs of dying, and now I look around and 
>>>> don't see any with nVidia graphics other than overly powerful and 
>>>> expensive ones. Any one know of a good alternative? I'm assuming 
>>>> that moving to Intel graphics would not be satisfactory because the 
>>>> deinterlacing support is lacking.
>>>> Cheers,
>>>>     Paul.
>>> Raspberry pi 3 ? You can't go far wrong for $50.
>> So can the pi 3 decode and deinterlace 1050i content running under
>> Mythfrontend?
>> P.
> 1080i content under mythfrontend - yes. I use that all the time. 
> Hardware decoding and hardware advanced deinterlace. You need to buy a 
> $2 license for MPEG2 and follow the setup instructions for raspberry 
> pi in the mythtv wiki.
Two quick Q's:
Will a new RPI install be so super, super fussy about what version of 
mythtv 28 backend is running?
My last RPI FE install would not connect to anything! on my lan.
It would only show the same stuff that is already built into the TV, no 
myth recordings at all from anything.
I have four different NAS boxes that I can put up online.
VLC and my Asus streamer can work with any/all of them with no problems.
RPI mythfe, my BlueRay player, and the KODI variants are completely 
blind to all of them.

All of this security stuff is so wonderful... at protecting me from my 
own stuff.

Will standard Rasbian be OK or is lite better?


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