[mythtv-users] uPNP hardware recommendation..
mistyp at thekorn.net
Wed Apr 23 20:34:35 UTC 2008
Brad Fuller wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 9:46 AM, Misty P <mistyp at thekorn.net> wrote:
>> BTW, I'm using a ZyXEL DMA-1000 (non-W) as my mythTV UPnP box. For
>> $100 ($150 with $50 rebate) out the door, I couldn't come anywhere
>> *close* with anything else.
> The DMA-1000 looks like nice, what are the downfalls of it (besides
> what you mentioned)? Are you playing HD with it? Can it play HD and
> downconvert well thru the S-Video out?
I'm regularly playing 1080i (and 720p) ATSC OTA HD with it, works great!
It's kind of funny that you ask if it can downconvert through the s-video
output, because that's exactly how I'm using it. Actually, I'm going down
all the way to composite video with a svideo->composite cable, and pumping
it through an old but still working great 25" tube.
I've run into two negatives with it. It has absolutely no idea what to do
with a MKV file. Not that big of a deal for me personally, but it's a "be
aware" issue. It also has no idea what to do with h.264. divx yes, xvid
yes, avi's and atsc mpeg2 (all flavors) yes, h.264 no.
At $100, I can live without h.264. At $150, you're now within spitting
distance of the popcorn hour machine. The ZyXEL does have the distinct
advantage that you can buy one and have it show up in a few days rather than
a few months. (That's what put me off popcorn hour in the first place -- I
needed something NOW, not *next* quarter!)
I don't know how often the rebates happen for the DMA1000. It's possible I
was just lucky, but if you're not in a hurry it might be worth keeping an
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