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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.

Current Setup

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. Unfortunately, it looks like I may not be able to keep those. For now, this is just going to be an experiment. I'd like to completely remove the DVR . . . we'll see how it goes.

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, worst case, we can drop HD version of premium channels, and use a STB to capture the other channels analog. So, we'd still get Rome, but no HD Rome.

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)

End System

  • 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)