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NewsForge: Easy Personal Video Recording for Linux? It's a Myth

Feb 02, 2004, 10:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lee Schlesinger)

"I just spent several weeks installing and configuring MythTV, an open source application that gives a computer TiVo-like personal video recorder capabilities. I learned a lot of lessons along the way that I'll share here. The biggest one is... Don't do it! Unless you can view the process as an intellectual challenge, spending the money for an actual TiVo will save you dozens of hours you could spend on more pleasurable activities.

"First, build MythTV only if you have a spare computer already. If you have to buy new hardware to set up your MythTV appliance, it makes no economic sense, and the TiVo unit is a lot prettier than a white-box mini-tower sitting next to your home entertainment center. According to the project's hardware requirements, the computer you use should have 256MB of RAM and a video capture card. I used Hauppauge's $49 WinTV-Go Model 190. It lacks remote control capabilities, however; if you're planning to put your MythTV to heavy use, consider paying an extra $50 for that feature. I also suggest using a faster CPU than the 600MHz PIII I used..."

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