[clug] Article on building Linux 1080p media player + DVR for AU$600

Paul Wayper paulway at mabula.net
Fri Feb 12 19:52:26 MST 2010

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On 12/02/10 21:20, Adam Baxter wrote:
> Would I be on the right track assuming the tuner is the hardest thing to get
> working in a Linux system? And then I'd be justified getting some initial
> numbers for the interested list members. Hands up! :P

No, I wouldn't say so.  It's certainly one of the difficulties.  I think the
other main areas of difficulty I've seen are the display - getting TV output
working and playing back video with no skips or lags - and DVD devices.  Then
getting them to integrate with the rest of the home network.  And getting the
TV guide information feeding in.  Then keeping it up to date with new releases
of the software, installing it for the first time somewhere new, and adding
new channels.

The whole thing is, in fact, a pain.  It's one of the reasons I don't think
there's money to be made in installing MythTV systems - because consumers
expect product support and the maintenance is going to be the limiting factor.
 I've installed MythTV for friends and generally I try to encourage them to
learn about how to keep it up to date themselves.  A Linux system is for life,
not just for Christmas.

Have fun,

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