September 14, 2006

Updates to building your own PVR

About a year ago, I posted an article containing info on how to build your own Personal Video Recorder. As usual, technology waits for no geekman. All About Linux links to a variety of Linux-based build your own PVR sites. Excerpt:

KnoppMyth : This is an attempt at making the Linux and MythTV installation as trivial as possible. This is a Linux distribution built from scratch using Debian GNU/Linux and the programs from Knoppix. KnoppMyth includes MythTV and all its official plugins as well as additional software such as Apache webserver, NFS, Samba and many other useful daemons. This GNU/Linux distribution is geared at setting up a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) in a quick and easy manner.Everything one needs to easily setup a power home entertainment system is included in this distribution.

MythTV for XBox - This is a project which aids in setting up MythTV on ones XBox gaming station with ease. Of course it is understood that you need to install GNU/Linux on XBox first as MythTV runs in Linux. This project requires that you first download and install a version of GNU/Linux called Xebian in your XBox.
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Having dwelled so much on MythTV project, I might also add that there are two similar projects (though not as feature rich) which are taking shape to provide PVR functionality in GNU/Linux. They are Freevo and GeexBox.

I was aware of all of the ones listed in the post except for GeexBox. That one caught my eye because it:


  1. can be run off a Live CD
  2. can run successfully on a 400-MHz machine

Since I've got a 400 MHz paperweight in the corner of my home office, GeexBox looks to be a good home project for me to tackle. All that I need is a digital TV tuner and a bigger hard drive. I won't be able to record and watch simultaneously, but I'm okay with that. YMMV.

Posted by Physics Geek at September 14, 2006 08:21 PM | TrackBack StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!
Comments

The only problem is that nearly everything on broadcast or cable is simply vile filth. Nothing worth recording, even on HGTV. Better to watch the Prelinger Archives, or Caltech's Mechanical Universe on DVD.

Speaking of HGTV, wouldn't it be cool to have a kitchen designed like a chemistry lab, with instrumentation and automation managed by LabView?

Going a step further, why don't builders build communities of Jetson homes for technophiles? There are airport communities, after all (where a small group of homes is built around a private airstrip).

Everybody in the technophile community could read Make magazine and do projects in the community shop over the weekend.

Posted by: Some scummy person at September 14, 2006 10:54 PM