[TriLUG] MythTV box recommendations?
option8 at option8.com
Tue Feb 9 10:15:32 EST 2010
thanks Magnus! this helps me figure out what i need to ask TWC for.
i'll just need to double-check with them, presuming i can find someone
competent to talk with over there, that the channels i actually watch
are "in the clear".
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On Feb 8, 2010, at 11:28 PM, Magnus wrote:
> I've done MythTV off & on as my spare hardware allows. Right now my
> Myth infrastructure is down.
> I never did like the quality of the picture from analog capture
> cards. However, the digital capture devices like the HDHomeRun
> delivered beautiful picture quality.
> You'll get a much better recording of local channels with a half
> decent over the air antenna. Time Warner is recompressing the local
> channels and they look awful in comparison.
> Other than the local channels, pretty much all of the digital
> channels on Time-Warner were encrypted QAM last time I checked. You
> can get a "HD firewire tuner" (just a set top box with one tuner, no
> PVR functions) from T-W which will decrypt the channels & send them
> over a firewire port as MPEG2. Some channels like ESPN & HBO, etc
> are going to be blacked out but a lot of the other standard cable
> channels should work just fine.
> With the current version of MythTV, you can use a dual core Intel
> Atom based system board with nVidia ION chipset. This is a killer
> combination for a front end box. See http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/
> VDPAU for more on how this works.
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