[mythtv-users] Advice on media players

greg greg12866 at nycap.rr.com
Thu Dec 3 17:05:10 UTC 2009


Tom Lichti wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 9:54 AM, Michael Tiller <michael.tiller at gmail.com> wrote:
>   
>> I have a MythTV system (MythBuntu 9.10) that is the hub of my media
>> network.  My in-laws live with us and they currently use a MediaMVP to
>> access their programs.  However, we are getting them an HDTV and so we want
>> to have an HD capable media player to go with it
>>
>> My wife and I have a Popcorn Hour in our room and it basically works.  Not
>> exactly the most polished piece of hardware but at least it has the
>> necessary codecs, etc.  By the way, in case anybody is interested I wrote my
>> own custom web app to provide a crude MythTV interface to the Popcorn Hour.
>> Only supports playback and deletion, but that is all we needed.  You can
>> find the source code here.
>>
>> Back to the topic at hand.  I'm not exactly doing backflips over the popcorn
>> hour so I'm open to other possibilities.  My requirements are:
>>
>> HD output (their TV is going to be 720p).
>> Must be able to handle playback of both MPEG2 and whatever format the HD-PVR
>> spits out (H.264 I assume).
>> Must be able to connect and playback MythTV recordings on the network.
>> Must be consumer friendly.  The more "out of the box" the better.  Although
>> a "hacker" solution is fine for me, it has to be push button simple for them
>> (and reliable).
>>
>> I'm not looking for high end.  Just whatever can do these things and is
>> reasonably cheap but reliable.
>>
>> The PCH fits the bill on all of the above.  I'm just wondering if there is
>> anything else I should be looking at.  For example, Newegg has this
>> combination Blu-ray/DLNA player for $169.99.  I doubt my in-laws would use
>> the Blu-ray much and I'd be concerned that the DLNA support wouldn't provide
>> seamless MythTV integration but nevertheless it is interesting because of
>> the range of capabilities.
>>
>> So is the PCH the best HD MythTV player out there or is there something
>> better (and by that I mean mostly cheaper :-).
>>
>> Thanks.
>>
>> P.S. - Just noticed that A-110's are out of stock at popcornhour.com.  Doh!
>> Anybody know where else they can be had?
>>     
>
> I've heard good things about the WD HD-TV Live, I think they are
> around $149? I had a CinemaTube, and it worked well, I bought it at
> the intro price of $99, I think they are $129 now. Seems like the same
> thing as a PCH, from what I could tell, and it played everything I had
> through uPnP, although I didn't try any HD-PVR recordings. My biggest
> gripe with all of these units is the lack of a MythTV compatible skip
> feature (I realize it is a function of the uPnP, not the device
> itself) which kills the whole experience, which is why I got rid of it
> and went with another Zotac ION frontend. If you really want to give
> them the MythTV experience, get them an Acer Aspire Revo, I think it
> is priced the same as the PCH, but way more capable as a frontend. If
> they don't care about skipping forward, and will just play videos
> straight through, then one of the networked media players would be
> fine.
>
> Tom
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>   
Just yesterday Sears was advertising the WD HD-TV for $99... I almost 
bought one....


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