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Old 22nd March 2004, 01:46   #1  |  Link
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build your own standalone tv recorder

is it possible to build your own stand alone tv recorder? something like tivo that catches your tv episodes?
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Old 22nd March 2004, 09:18   #2  |  Link
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Should be no problem if you have the right hardware.
You need some kind of tv-card, preferably with an onboard mpeg2 encoder, so that the cpu doesn't have to do all the work. Or if you have a satellite dish get a good card for it and you should achieve great quality rips.
You probably need a fast computer if you are planning to do timeshift playback/recording.
If you look into the matter you will find that most software available at the moment has recording support.

That said, if you really only need the recording ability, you could probably just as well get a dvd or harddisc recorder, which might be cheaper.

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i just want to capture the tv eps, as i can always just use a tv out card and watch it later, would that be cheaper than buying hardisk recorders or dvd recorders?
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MythTV

Here are the instructions for doing it with RedHat FedoraCore and some relatively inexpensive hardware:

http://wilsonet.com/mythtv/#intro


I've been using Myth for around 6 months now. Its 100% free, fairly stable, and has tons of features not available on commercial PVRs (commercial skip, movie playing, internet browsing, weather forecasts, etc.)
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i just want to capture the tv eps, as i can always just use a tv out card and watch it later, would that be cheaper than buying hardisk recorders or dvd recorders?
that would surely be the cheapest solution, but not as comfortable as a standalone.
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how about if i built my own standalone tv player and installed that software along with a graphic card that can capture tv? do you need hdtv compatible tv to be able capture hdtv shows?
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how about if i built my own standalone tv player and installed that software along with a graphic card that can capture tv? do you need hdtv compatible tv to be able capture hdtv shows?
Yes, you do need an HDTV card to capture HDTV. They are around $150, and do not have reliable support with MythTV. (in fact, I'm not sure if they have real reliable support with any PVR software for PC)
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so i dont need a hdtv tv right?
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