[mythtv-users] Apple Products as FEs
myth at dermanouelian.com
Mon Feb 9 15:29:26 UTC 2009
On Feb 9, 2009, at 6:54 AM, Eric Mesa wrote:
> I've been searching the internets today an found lots of info on the
> tubes about using the Mac Mini and Apple TV for MythTV front ends.
> For monetary reasons the Apple TV sounds like a pretty good bet. It
> also has TV-out connections. Most of the nifo I've found seems to
> be a bit old, though. I've a some questions that perhaps Apple
> users out there could help me with:
> 1) How hard is it to just overwrite Apple TV with MythBuntu or
Depends on how skillful you are at following instructions, creating a
build environment, compiling software, etc. It took me a few tries to
get it right, but a very rewarding experience. I would rate it harder
than medium, but not the most difficult thing. Also, this was a long
time ago. It may have gotten easier. I know the instructions for
getting Boxee on the AppleTV were to download something, plug in a USB
stick, hit a button, restart the AppleTV with the USB stick in, wait,
pull it out and reboot.
> 2) If 1), then which has better Apple TV support? (I currently use
> a Mythdora FE/BE)
I only tried Mythbuntu. It worked just fine with some weaking of
settings that were relatively well documented on the wiki along with
the instructions on how to install.
> 3) (I think) I saw that Myth FE can be installed onto Apple TV and
> still keep the original functionality while adding Myth as another
> menu item. (I think) it said that this requires owning a Mac so you
> can copy some utilities over
Yes, you can add it as a menu item, but I never tried this.
> 4) if 3) do I lose Myth FE every time there's an Apple TV update?
Again, I never tried keeping both, but there is also a dual-boot
option where you repartition your drive. In this case, you will not
have a problem updating either independently.
> 5) Does Apple TV play 1080i?
I didn't have a problem playing OTA 1080i with xvmc, but deinterlacing
was sometimes a problem.
> 6) Are the formats Apple TV can play dependent upon the hardware or
> software? IOW, if I overwrite it with Linux - can I play OGGs and
> any format I can play with Linux? Or is the hardware too limited
> for that?
> and, finally, thoughts from people who've used it - Mac Mini or
> Apple TV? (Again, this is just for FE)
Mac Mini if you can afford it. And really, wait to see whatever new
one comes out since it might have a much better video card (nVidia)
where you can use VDPAU in the next version of MythTV and use very
little processor. I would say if the AppleTV gets a VDPAU-supported
video card, that might even make a better/cheaper frontend than the
mini, but for what's available today, the mini would be a better choice.
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