paulthetaffy wrote:hardware integration issues is something I'm still wary of.
So I'm just curious what TV card / video card you use and roughly what hardware specs too for your mythtv box?
From a CPU perspective, anything that has been bought out in the last decade or so, will be fine. My first mythtv box was a small athlon-based 'half a shoebox' system that took a single half-height tuner card. Worked really well, but expansion opportunities were limited. Now, I have a box thrown together by the local computer mob; the only thing I really specified was:
* Nvidia graphics card, no fan. (My TV has a monitor-input, so I didn't need to stuff around with TV-out... but the nvidia's, I've found, work well with linux). You should be able to find a cheapie these days that has HDMI out.
* A nice quiet power supply.
* I didn't care too much about CPUs; as I mentioned above, anything will be fine. However, they threw in a Intel Pentium E2180 @ 2.00GHz.
* 512M of ram, and you're laughing.
I then threw two DVICO Ultraview's into the machine. They come with their own remote controls, a nice big usb-based IR receiver, and seem to be very well supported.
You can also pick up cards that have two tuners per card also - check the mythtv web site if you like the look of other hardware, just to make sure it will work first go, without stuffing around.http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Hardware_Requirements
One of the main things I want to do is to be able to specify a particular resolution/encoding for recordings (so that they are smaller on disk) but use a different (higher quality) encoding/resolution for live TV. Any idea whether that's possible?
Yep; I tend to use the defaults (the mythtv now has 2.5 terabytes sitting in it, since disk is so cheap these days.. it also functions as a backup server, and a few other things), but you can tell it to 'transcode' a program, once recorded, into something a bit smaller/nicer (and cut out the ads at the same time).
Realise I'm hijacking your thread a bit here so happy to PM if other's aren't interested in this stuff.
Nah, it's all good.http://www.mythbuntu.org/http://www.mythdora.com/