[kwlug-disc] Future of [Rogers] PVR (wrt HDMI)? Black boxes? MythBuntu?

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Fri Sep 18 10:42:42 EDT 2009


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Karmic Alpha 6 is out and the associated Mythbuntu is based on mythtv
0.22.  What this gets you (among other things) is support for the
Hauppauge HD-PVR capture device and hardware accelerated playback of
video with nvidia graphics hardware.

I have this setup running on an Acer Revo and Rogers HD cable with
really good results.  Even though it is only an Atom processor, HD
playback over HDMI is only around 20% CPU since it is offloaded to the
GPU.  There are a few bugs - it is alpha - but everything has "just
worked". In fact, the problems I have been having are database issues
rather than anything with the newly supported hardware. The only part of
the system not working yet is IR support for the remote or blaster.

Anyway, back to watching TV and submitting bug reports.  Supporting open
source projects can be hard work sometimes...

At the end of the day, OTA HD would be preferable, but I don't think
we'll see channels like TSN, Discovery or HDnet OTA anytime soon.

Paul Gallaway wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 4:31 PM, Andrew Kohlsmith (Mailing List
> Account) <aklists at mixdown.ca> wrote:
>> On September 16, 2009 02:03:39 pm Jason Locklin wrote:
>>> I'd love to year how it goes, planning on doing something similar
>>> myself. Looks like all the digital channels we may be able to pick up
>>> are UHF, so no need for a big VHF antenna (UHF-only antennas are often
>>> cooler looking anyway IMHO).
>>> http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=109935
>> I'm currently looking at these from Digiwave:
> 
> There are better options than the Digiwave. Some of which you mention
> later. Jason already posted this link in this thread but see here for
> results posted by people in KW and surrounding areas:
> http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=94075
> See this thread for recommended antennas which is based on testing
> results from hobbyists who have done real world tests with the
> different antennas and not just based on the literature from the
> manufactures (which you may be surprised to know is often
> exaggerated...):
> http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=97121
> 
> I acquired a DB8 (because I did not want to modify the CM4228 balun)
> and seems from this thread there are a few others on this list working
> on similar TV solutions. Not that post conversion it may be beneficial
> to have a VHF antenna as it appears some of the local stations will be
> switching to VHF frequencies.
> 
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