[SATLUG] this gadget caught my eye!

Todd W. Bucy toddwbucy at grandecom.net
Sun Jan 6 22:00:40 CST 2008

I would agree with you there and once they work out the bugs in LinuxMCE
it sounds like it might integrate quite well in such a system.


twistedpickles wrote:
> I don't think it's po$$ible to build a Mythbox comparable to  the component$ and possibilities that the neuros offers.
> Thanks for the info Borries.
> twistedpickles 
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> From: "Todd W. Bucy" <toddwbucy at grandecom.net>
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> Sent: 1/6/08 9:00 PM
> Subject: Re: [SATLUG] this gadget caught my eye!
> 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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