[mythtv-users] Why cant we make a STB?
Big Wave Dave
bigwavedave at gmail.com
Fri Feb 6 05:58:04 UTC 2009
On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 3:05 PM, Mitch Gore <mitchell.gore at gmail.com> wrote:
> Software developers, hardware engineers, etc...
> With all the hype of VDPAU, Cheap frontends etc it got me wondering. Why
> cant someone with the know how build some STB/Media Extended for MythTV?
> Hardware wise it should be completely feasible. Just developing the
> software to run on the client. and getting some established
> distributor/online store to sell and ship them.
> Ideally we would want the core dev's to support the box so new features
> added to Myth are compadible with the Extender. I am sure 80% or more of
> myth users would totally buy a $199 box to replace that large PC or extend
> myth to thier next room etc.
> Is there something im missing? After all Myth Dev's and others pulled
> together to build Schedules Direct so why cant we do this?
> I say this because I have often thought of jumping ship to Sage or Vista
> Media center but there is so many more caveats to do so. I LOVE myth, just
> wish it has a Silient, cheap, STB form factor extender!
I just came across this:
Myka lists these key features and specs for its STB:
* Processor — Broadcom BCM7403 SoC (PDF download) with 450 DMIPS performance
* Memory — 256MB RAM; 16MB flash
* Connectivity — WiFi and Ethernet
* Internal hard drive — 80, 160, or 500 GB
* Expansion — 2x USBs (1 front, 1 rear)
* Video connections — HDMI, Composite, S-Video, SPDIF
* Video formats supported:
o MPEG-2 MP at ML (ISO/IEC13818),up to 10Mb/s
o H.264/AVC MP HP up to L4.1
o VC1 AP at L3,Simple and Main Profile
o WMV 9 Simple and Main Profile
o DivX 3.11,4.11 and 5.x support
o MPEG-4 part 2 SP/ASP
o Aspect Ratio:4:3 and 16:9,auto format detection
o Out Definition:480i,480p,576i,576p,720p or 1080i
* Audio formats supported — MPEG (Layer1,2), MP3, AAC, WMA
Could be an interesting option since it seems to support h264 and VC1.
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