Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 26th Oct 2007 06:01 UTC
Multimedia, AV Neuros Technology did it again: one more of their interesting media products hits the market, and this time it uses Linux. We used the Neuros OSD this past week and here's what we think about it.
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MythTV
by Filip on Fri 26th Oct 2007 06:48 UTC
Filip
Member since:
2005-07-06

So I've read the review and some of their site, but I still have a couple of questions, mostly about integrating the OSD with MythTV. Sorry if the answers are in plain view, but we like to discuss tech anyway, right?
- Can it grab videofiles from an NFS or Samba share? It has a LAN connection, right? This way the OSD could function as a sexy frontend. It's certainly more attractive than the barebone I use now. The downside is not using the recording capability (unless it can also record to the NFS share, of course), but it's still not very expensive.
- Could it actually be configured as a slave backend to MythTV?

It reminds me of the squeezebox (with which I'm very happy).

Filip

Reply Score: 2

RE: MythTV
by Eugenia on Fri 26th Oct 2007 06:49 UTC in reply to "MythTV"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

It can use SMB, yes. I don't know about NFS and MythTV.

Reply Score: 1

RE[2]: MythTV
by nerochiaro on Wed 31st Oct 2007 12:54 UTC in reply to "RE: MythTV"
nerochiaro Member since:
2007-10-31

It can mount NFS shares, but not from the GUI. You have to do it manually by telnetting into the box. If you use NFS, I'm sure you're skilled enough to do it ;)
It also supports SMB shares, straight from the GUI.

You can playback and record to both (assuming permissions are ok on server side, clearly).

As for the MythTV, there's no explicit support for it right now. Suggestions on new features are always welcome, though.
For that, you can use the Neuros mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/Neuros-DM320Hardware or the forums from the main Neuros site.

Reply Score: 1

Great product, not there yet
by JCooper on Fri 26th Oct 2007 07:50 UTC
JCooper
Member since:
2005-07-06

I am lusting after a consumer device to replace my clunky, noisy old xbox with XBMC, but I haven't found one that can completely replace it yet. When I first found out about the OSD I feel in love - an open source company, encouraging people to develop for its little silent streaming box. It is a great product and one I am watching very closely, waiting for it to become what I would refer to as "stable enough to sit under my TV"... I'm not quite sure it has gone through enough UI and software revisions yet to quite replace the quite incredible XBMC

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RE: Great product, not there yet
by BluenoseJake on Fri 26th Oct 2007 15:33 UTC in reply to "Great product, not there yet"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

I'm in the same boat. There isn't too much on the market that can rival a properly configured XBMC setup. I have 2 xboxen for both my TV's, and both me and the GF just love them. I have tried Proper MCE 2005 boxes, MythTV, borrowed a friends 360, and they are all just missing something. The only downside is that XBMC only does 720p, but for the price, you can't complain about that too much.

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RE[2]: Great product, not there yet
by searly on Mon 29th Oct 2007 15:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Great product, not there yet"
searly Member since:
2006-02-27

hmmm ... but can you record TV / Video / DVD on a XBMC? As far as i understand you can only playback ... so the Neuros seems to do more.

Reply Score: 1

WebTV replacement
by butters on Fri 26th Oct 2007 08:17 UTC
butters
Member since:
2005-07-08

I'm anxiously awaiting a FOSS-based set-top box around $200USD with Ethernet, USB, and TV-out that runs a web browser.

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RE: WebTV replacement
by Eugenia on Fri 26th Oct 2007 08:19 UTC in reply to "WebTV replacement"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

A web browser is useless without running HD on a big screen. And if you need that, there's always the PS3. Even Opera on 480p on the Wii doesn't have enough resolution to perform adequately.

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RE[2]: WebTV replacement
by butters on Fri 26th Oct 2007 09:47 UTC in reply to "RE: WebTV replacement"
butters Member since:
2005-07-08

It's for an 85-year-old women with poor vision to use gmail with really big fonts on an old 27" CRT TV. And she doesn't know how to use a mouse. The most advanced conceivable use case is receiving an email linking to a YouTube clip of her great-grandchildren.

i.e. A WebTV replacement.

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RE[2]: WebTV replacement
by parentaladvisory on Fri 26th Oct 2007 09:02 UTC in reply to "WebTV replacement"
parentaladvisory Member since:
2006-12-18

I Have my 32"LCD connected via VGA-cable to my desktop computer. Works great, at native resolution 1360x768. A cordless mouse+keyboard, and I can surf web, and watch everything on the harddrives, and command amaroK to play whatever I want. Dont really need and extra "set-top" box, just a graphics-card with dual connectors. (and nvidias binary driver, but thats another topic(using Linux))

Edited 2007-10-26 09:02

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Just now?
by ido50 on Fri 26th Oct 2007 11:16 UTC
ido50
Member since:
2006-02-06

Good think you've finally noticed it, it's been selling for a looooong time.

Anyway, a very interesting product, still thinking of purchasing it but I don't really have the money..........

Reply Score: 1

NFS Works
by kungfooguru on Fri 26th Oct 2007 14:04 UTC
kungfooguru
Member since:
2006-11-01

I have an OSD and I love it!

I mount an NFS partition from my main computer on the OSD for playing movies. Everything runs smoothly. I had a large mythtv box before this and love the ease of use and size. The guys at Neuros are great too.

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Menu reminds me of something...
by w00dst0ck on Fri 26th Oct 2007 14:58 UTC
w00dst0ck
Member since:
2006-02-01

Is it just me or does the main menu remind you of sony's menu for the psp and ps3. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Maybe I should just keep my mouth shut ;)

Reply Score: 2

Hello from Neuros
by funkyj on Fri 26th Oct 2007 23:26 UTC
funkyj
Member since:
2007-10-26

As Eugenia pointed out in her review, the main feature of the device is to allow users to archive and consolidate all their video content (DVD, VHS tapes, TV shows)in the open MP4 format. Even the very capable Xbox with XBMC, despite a wider playback support, does not offer this unique recording feature.

Also, yes the OSD supports windows shares (SAMBA) and NFS (as kungfooguru mentioned above). Mac users use sharepoints to access their network shares.

Reply Score: 1

HDMI and S/PDIF
by John Nilsson on Sat 27th Oct 2007 22:46 UTC
John Nilsson
Member since:
2005-07-06

I think I'll wait till they have 1080p, HDMI and S/PDIF covered.

Reply Score: 2