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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2004 4:59 pm    Post subject: I'm thinking of building a TiVo-like thing... Reply with quote

My mom and dad both love music, and my dad rips a whole bunch of stuff off WinAMP streams. Also, they have about 200 CD's lying around. And they watch TV a lot. So, I've thought about building something like a TiVo they can use to watch and record TV, play music (and rip them from CD's), and that can also connect to our wireless network. However, I want it to be relatively small. I've been looking into a Via Epia. Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2004 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could get by using mini-itx Via Epia motherboard on it with a fast 7200rpm harddrive and a hardware encoder tv card that is supported under linux. A normal tv card would work well, however you would end up with either nasty quality if you use software mjpeg or uncompressed video which will look excellent, however it will also use incredible amounts of space.

A Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-350 could possibly suit for this job, it records to mpeg2 format with hardware, therefore you don't need much processing power out of the Via Epia motherboard.

Another suggestion is that you could build one using Shuttle XPC cases if you really need lots of processing power to go along with it.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2004 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you intend do use for software?

I would suggest either mythtv or freevo. Allthough I havent used freevo. So I would recommend MythTV. Its got pretty much everything you could want. Record TV, Watch Divx,Xvid,etc. listen to mp3s. blah blah blah.

But I imagine if you intend on building a dedicated media box, then you probably know of the different software options out there.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2004 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

need i add that i have a ATI Tv Wonder ... works flawlessly.
MythTV pwens my tv :D

g'day guys.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2004 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also check out this: http://www.pchdtv.com/.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2004 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suggest Freevo, but i am not impartial (i do some programming for freevo). It works pretty wel on EPIA systems through DirectFB afaik, wich means you don't need all that heavy stuff MythTV needs (X, mysql, qt). And freevo is in python, so it's very easy to make your own plugins.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2004 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I didn't know they had hardware encoding cards...

I got an ASUS TV/FM Card (saa7133) but it won't work in Linux.

I'm really tempted now to buy this PVR-350 Card, so I can uninstall Windows once and for all. I wondered though, does anyone know about it working on nForce2 boards? I read someone had an issue, and why are people saying to use VIA EPIA with it...? Are athalon-based systems ok?

/drool

Are there any cards that even come close to / top the PVR-350? Just curious.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2004 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Are there any cards that even come close to / top the PVR-350? Just curious.


I'm using a digiTV from Nebula Electronics. Digital TV is pretty widespread in the UK, it works great under linux and it has an MPEG II decoder. It was a bit of a pain to get going with Mythtv but using a recent cvs checkout rather than the ebuilds seems to have fixed it ok.

It seems from their website that they're actually going to officially support linux real soon now, although to be honest they don't really need to. Getting it working with xine or mplayer (both have native dvb support now) was easy, only mythtv caused any problems.
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