[kwlug-disc] mythTV - not paying attention?

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Fri Oct 2 15:44:23 EDT 2009

Couple thoughts for you, particularly given other thread responses ...
(Others should confirm / correct.)

1. You might consider that if you're going to build a myth box, it 
doesn't have to be all in one. i.e. The gym might only have a box to 
drive the TV / speakers. Content storage could be on another box, 
which could be further leveraged to other parts of the house. e.g. 
office [radio]. Myth, like Asterisk, is really taking control of 
internal distribution yourself. You collect it somewhere. You view it 
from somewhere.

2. It doesn't have to be Myth that gets content into its repository. 
So if you have some box putting content into Myth storage, your gym 
front end can pull it. [Theoretically. Streaming radio, not being 
content that lands in storage, may not apply.]

Daniel Agar wrote, On 10/02/2009 12:00 PM:
> Mythtv will do most of what you want, I'm not sure about the internet
> radio though. Do you have any spare hardware lying around or are you
> looking to build from scratch? If you just need to record and playback
> analog cable and standard dvds even a pentium 3 will do just fine. Do
> you have a price range in mind? Mythbuntu (http://www.mythbuntu.org/)
> is probably the easiest distro for myth setup currently.
> On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 11:45, Insurance Squared Inc.
> <gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:
>> There's been a lot of myth TV on the list lately....that I've been ignoring
>> since I don't have any interest.  Until yesterday :).
>> I'm going to put a tv and system into our home gym.  I want to install
>> something that will do:
>> - cable
>> - dvd
>> - internet (i.e. download and play videos (legal ones :), I've signed up for
>> some exercise sites that sell videos online).  As an aside, if there's any
>> cyclists out there, check out racedayrush.com - free cycling videos.
>> - and maybe, some sort of internet radio.  Because it'd be nice to watch the
>> videos but with sound coming from an internet radio station or a playlist of
>> some kind.
>> - and maybe satellite in addition to cable.  Not a dealbreaker though.
>> - and a remote of some kind that we can use to control from the treadmill or
>> bike.
>> I had a brief look at some sites last night but there's a lot going on.  Any
>> experts want to provide a summary as to:
>> - hardware; build my own or by off the shelf? If so, what should I buy?
>> - software; looks like a lot available distros (except my preferred Mandriva
>> distro).  I'd bet I can just burn an ISO - but what distro should I use.
>>  The myth tv site had dozens.
>> Thanks!
>> g.
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