Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 18th Jan 2007 00:31 UTC, submitted by Governa
Multimedia, AV "I found that any Firewire-equipped Mac can be made into an HD-PVR for unencrypted content at the expense of an appropriate firewire cable. Apple even provides the necessary capture software that you need, provided that you know where to look." More here.
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RE: Linux
by butters on Thu 18th Jan 2007 04:45 UTC in reply to "Linux"
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2005-07-08

MythTV supports firewire input and output (for changing the channels) through standard OSS libraries. There are many tutorials on the web. You need a cable box that provides a firewire output, such as the Motorola DCT-6200. By US law, cable providers are required to provide unencrypted content for "must-carry" networks through the firewire output if so-equipped. That means the big broadcast networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX), even in HD. However, no basic or premium cable channels come through the firewire. For that you need to use a capture card.

Although PC-based DVR systems are capable of providing a decent feature-set when combined with legitimate digital cable subscriptions, there is still one area where the lack of a CableCard solution for the PC leaves a big hole in the functionality compared to dedicated PVR appliances.

There is no simple and elegant way of using dual-input capture cards with digital cable. This means that you cannot simply build a MythTV box that lets you watch one digital cable channel while recording another. The only workaround is to acquire a second set-top box from the cable company, a service that usually costs an extra $20 per month (or more).

Sadly, the best option for PC DVRs (WinMCE included) is still basic analog cable (if available). Until PCs have CableCard slots in the front, or until the cable providers phase-in downloadable security modules, the only full-featured DVR solution for digital cable will be dedicated appliances like Tivo.

Edited 2007-01-18 04:49

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RE[2]: Linux
by backdoc on Thu 18th Jan 2007 16:40 in reply to "RE: Linux"
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2006-01-14

I bought a Dish DVR625 this month. For years, I've been saying that I was going to build a Myth box. Some of the reasons for choosing a "dedicated appliance" were for the reasons you stated (dual tuner).

But, I also considered these Pros:

o Cost
o Familiarity for family (remote controls and menus)
o Tight integration to system means easier recording
o No extra box
o Support
o Built-In streaming to other TV's

I really REALLY wanted to build a Myth box. But, considering everything, I just couldn't justify it.

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