[SATLUG] this gadget caught my eye!

Todd W. Bucy toddwbucy at grandecom.net
Sun Jan 6 21:00:10 CST 2008


Brad Knowles wrote:
> On 1/6/08, Borries Demeler wrote:
>
>>  Here is a new Linux gadget reminiscent of TIVO and reasonably priced.
>>  It has all the right connectors, and entirely open source. Can record
>>  to microdrives and USB drives, and does all of this in mpeg4:
>
> No, it's not really like a TiVo.  It's more like a VCR or DVD
> recorder, in that it lets you play and make digital copies of the
> output from these kinds of devices.  Like old-style VCRs, you can
> program it to record at certain times and to use the external IR
> blaster to control a TV or cable box, but it doesn't have it's own
> cable or satellite-like TV Guide service (so that you could set it to
> record certain shows whenever they come up as opposed to just
> recording certain time slots on certain days regardless of what might
> actually be showing at that time), and it's not networked in any way
> so that you can play it back from a client of your choice.
>
> It doesn't integrate any storage, either.
>
>
> So, take an old-style VHS VCR.  Strip out the tape drive and replace
> it with a card reader for a few different types of removable cards, as
> well as a USB port so that you could plug in external hard drives.
> Take the rest and re-implement pretty much exactly as-is using
> open-source software on top of a Linux OS, and give the user some
> control over what video format to use at what screen size and what bit
> rate.
>
> That's a Neuros OSD.
>
>
> Myself, I really want those other features that TiVo can bring to the
> table.
>
> I want an 100Base-TX Ethernet port, as well as 802.11g/n wireless
> networking, so that I can watch my shows from whatever local or remote
> client I may choose to use.  I want a TV Guide service, so that I can
> set it to record my favourite shows whenever they come on, on
> whichever channels they come on.
>
> I want it to have some intelligence to say that if I have scheduled
> recordings for Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek TNG, that
> I might also like Star Trek DS9, or Star Trek Voyager, or Stargate
> SG-1, or any of various other SciFi shows.
>
>
> I also want the thing to be able to use network storage as well as
> local storage, so that I can have a half-dozen Neuros OSDs in the
> house, all set to record various different shows at various different
> times.  I want a central console where I can control all those
> devices, and to make use of a new device I can just plug it into the
> network and I'm done.
>
why don't you just set up a mythbox, with mythbuntu or some other myth
disto?  The latest mythbuntu it does all those things and offers more
functionality in that mythtv, unlike TiVo, allows for the editing, for
your own personal amusement of course, of the material you recorded.  I
Todd


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