Dave's MythTV Page
I'm currently in the process of trying to decide what to do MythTV wise. This is a place for my ramblings, and planning.
My current setup is a Comcast Dual HD Tuner DVR. It sucks. I've owned a Tivo Series2, and a DirecTV Hughes DVR40 (DirecTivo). They sucked much less. Actually, my Series2 rocked, and was nicely haxxored.
I like my Digital Channels (like HBO, etc) in HD. But, unfortunately, it seems there is no way to capture premium (encrypted) HD signals. The only recourse is to convert them to analog, then back to digital -- but there is no device out there (yet) to do that. So -- it seems I am going to lose HD versions of my premiums. (I'll have to use a set top box (STB) to capture the digital signals, then just record the analog versions). If I can do that, then I should be able to lose the DVR, and settle for just one (or two) STBs for digital channel recording.
For now, I'm going to try to drop a MythTV box by my TV, and get my wife hooked on it. If I'm successful, then I will be able to make it "better" (though, still no premium HD :()
Starting out System: Combo Frontend/Backend (Total ~$200 for now)
I think the system below should be enough to hook my wife on MythTV.
- Probably a regular PC case. As much as I'd like something pretty, a nice case would double my cost.
- Since I'm using a normal case, I'll need an IR Receiver ($?)
- Alongside my Comcast DVR (stupid DMCA)
- Single HD-5500 ($129)
- Decent Video Card for display ($70)
- Backend in Basement (probably on existing file server)
- Multiple HD & non-HD tuner cards. I'm thinking a few pcHDTV HD-5500's
- Some way to get encrypted HD (possibly S-Video input from Comcast STB)
- Possibly buy some disks to turn second rack-mount file server into a dedicated MythTV backend, but that costs cha-ching
- Front End in Living Room
- DVD Writer
- Really nice case w/nice LCD
- Front End in Bed Room
- DVD Player (not writer)
More coming soon -- Codemonkey 21:53, 12 April 2007 (UTC)