[ubuntu-uk] Mythubuntu: what harware?

Andres andresmp at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 21:37:00 UTC 2011

i only have freeview so i guess I just need something to plug in an antenna or an euroconnector? (Looking for something that is proved to work with ubuntu of course.

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> On 08/07/11 21:27, Andres wrote:
> > I'm seeing virgin media tv ads about the tivo box.
> > 
> > Is this stuff that mythubuntu can do?
> > If so what is the hardware any of you would recomend?
> I understand the Tivo box has some sort of inteligence in it in that it 
> can suggest TV programs and what not.   Not to mention the Virgin Tivo 
> box supports HD cable programming :-)
> But from what I've read about MythTV it also seems very powerful if you 
> spend the time tweaking it.
> The last time I was reading up about it, if you wanted to do HDTV 
> playback it was recommended that you had an NVidia graphics card 
> (something like a Geforce 8400 or higher or a GeForce 210 or higher) 
> which can offload the HD video decoding to the graphics card so you can 
> have a lower spec machine.
> I believe if you want just Freeview then an Atom board with an Ion 
> chipset with maybe 2GB Ram and a big hard drive and some USB Freeview 
> sticks would suffice.
> I guess really to advise what hardware you'd need depends on what you 
> want to do.   If you wanted to you could maybe have a powerful backend 
> with a few tuner cards (maybe a couple of DVB-S2 Satellite tuners and 
> some Freeview tuners) for free to air channels and then multiple front 
> ends to play all back on.
> Personally I am tempted to get one of these... 
> http://www.ebuyer.com/product/253305
> It's a low power dual core Athlon II server with 1GB Ram and a 250GB 
> hard drive.   It's small and has space for 4 drives and up to 8GB Ram. 
> It also has a £100 cashback offer until the end of this month.
> Originally I was thinking of getting one to replace my P4 server in the 
> loft with something lower power and quieter but after some thought, if I 
> stick a Geforce 210 in there I can also use it for MythTV as well 
> (although due to the limited internal slots, I'd have to use USB 
> tuners), and finding a USB sound card with SPDIF output which is 
> compatible with Ubuntu seems to be a bit of a challenge.
> Rob

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