[TriLUG] MythTV Front End
josh at vickeryj.com
Mon Jul 23 17:41:13 EDT 2007
I was thinking about the Apple TV, and wondered how well it would cope
with 720p content (Apple says it can't handle 1080p on their specs
page). It has an HDMI connecter, did you use that? If so, did you
use the audio from it as well, or just video?
On 7/23/07, Michael Hrivnak <mhrivnak at hrivnak.org> wrote:
> A friend and I recently put Debian on an Apple TV (which is not a TV at all),
> and it is now in use as a MythTV frontend. It has just enough power to do
> the job. Right now it's doing HD through a 1280x720 projector.
> It's very small, very quiet, and it doesn't draw a lot of power. For $300,
> it's a steal as a linux computer.
> Anyone who would like a link to our documentation can email me. I prefer not
> to post it publicly.
> On Monday 23 July 2007 3:25:45 pm Josh Vickery wrote:
> > Unfortunately 1080p HD decoding can be quite demanding. A Mac mini
> > should be able to handle it, but just barely. I have a 1.8ghz Core 2
> > Duo machine with the Intel 950 graphics, and it drops a few frames on
> > some 1080p sources, the Mac Mini has a Core Duo 1.8ghz or 1.6ghz
> > processor and the same 950 graphics, so it might not give you
> > perfectly smooth playback with all 1080p sources.
> > Getting the picture to the HDTV with DVI or HDMI should be fine. I
> > use a DVI-HDMI cable to connect my computer to my TV and have not had
> > any issues with it. As for getting the audio to the TV, the Mac Mini
> > has an optical digital audio connector, so you would need to either
> > figure out how to plug that into your TV, or use some sort of USB
> > soundcard.
> > Josh
> > On 7/23/07, Lee <elfick at mac.com> wrote:
> > > I don't think the specs are laid out in stone, but I'm going to be
> > > doing HD (which I forgot to mention in the original post) and I don't
> > > think this will have the horse power to decode it. Additionally it
> > > would be cool if I could get the signal to the HDTV digitally either
> > > using DVI or HDMI (unlikely).
> > >
> > > On Jul 23, 2007, at 2:48 PM, Byarlay, Wayne A. wrote:
> > > > I do not know if these meet the Minimum System Requirements for a Myth
> > > > front end, but if so, it would be very awesome:
> > > >
> > > > http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS5551137361.html
> > > >
> > > > What are the min. sys. Requirements for a myth front end?
> > >
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