The State of Home-Brew PVRs on Linux (O'ReillyNet)
Posted Nov 17, 2003 17:07 UTC (Mon) by BaldHeadedGeek
Parent article: The State of Home-Brew PVRs on Linux (O'ReillyNet)
Having spent a couple late evenings the last five days putting together a PVR, I felt I could comment on this article. Overall, the author has written a nice intro to building your own PVR.
I chose to use MythTV instead of Freevo. Only because MythTV seemed to have the functionality I wanted. I mean the point of building a PVR was to be able to time-shift, and as the author points out, Freevo doesn't have this yet. He mentioned that Freevo was easier to get going which may be true but I thought that both have a learning curve, might as well invest time into the project that has the best chance to deliver what you want.
The author suggested using tv tuners that are well supported under the bttv Linux drivers. If you are going to use MythTV, you want to do encoding/decoding in hardware. You can get away with a lot less CPU this way. It enabled me to use an old AMD 700 machine I had and just added the WinTV 350 PVR card (Model 990) for $199.
With the help of postings in
I was able to get things up and running in a few days.
Good luck to you if you want to make your own PVR. It was fun.
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