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Ultimate Geek


# 223213 19-Sep-2017 15:25
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I'm about to become a TiVo orphan and divided between replacing it with a homemade HTPC (on a modest budget) or a set top box offering from Panasonic.  I'm swinging toward a HTPC with MythTV however I can't find anything concrete in terms of minimum/recommended hardware spec or even which software solution to use.

 

My requirements are:

 

- a single box that houses both front and backends as the fibre and main terrestrial aerial cable terminate behind the main TV so would like to reduce the number of devices.  We do have a second TV and other devices to stream to but have a Raspberry Pi for an additional frontend

- ideally runs silent/energy efficient

- must output at least 5.1 audio via the HDMI cable

- dual HD terrestrial tuners (such as Hauppauge WinTV-dual HD - https://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/components/other/auction-1418553460.htm)

- a physical remote rather than a software/phone based app

- OnDemand apps (TVNZ, Three, Maori and any others available), Netflix and the other VoD services would be a plus for future proofing.

 

Not hugely fussed on automatic advert removal and have no need for 4K however these each seem to drive up the specs.

 

I don't have any suitable hardware laying around other than a 2009 Mac Mini which is probably underpowered for multiple HD inputs given its age.  Would also require a separate frontend as the hardware itself doesn't have HDMI and read somewhere that model of Mini doesn't support multi-channel audio.  Appears everyone's going with the Intel NUC's which support 7.1 audio via HDMI.

 

Really appreciate some guidance of hardware specs, CPU, RAM etc... if possible as well as a recommended tuner?

 

Would an entry level 2.0 - 2.3GHz dual or quad core NUC get the job done with ~4GB RAM?

 

Thanks.


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Master Geek


  # 1868684 19-Sep-2017 15:48
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Rpi3 + openelec + tvheadend + a few of these: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/USB2-0-DAB-FM-DVB-T-RTL2832-R820T-SDR-RTL-SDR-Dongle-Stick-Digital-TV-Tuner/32267130430.html

 

 

 

Currently have this running as our main system for our tv.


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  # 1868821 19-Sep-2017 19:23
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the ondemand stuff is kinda tricky.  with a windows/linux box, youre even going to pull out a KB/M or use kodi.  kodi doesnt do full netflix/on demand, but does a folder based view of these.  and trust me folder based view of netflix is pretty crap compared to the big easy UI everywhere else.

 

if ondemand isnt a primary focus, then thats fine, KB/M occasionally or kodi.

 

or if ondemand is important, setup a computer to do the recording of movies and act like a server, and instead get a mi box (android TV device) which can run kodi so can still view live tv from your server and watch all recordings, but has full apps for netflix etc.


 
 
 
 




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  # 1869293 20-Sep-2017 12:36
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reven:

 

the ondemand stuff is kinda tricky.  with a windows/linux box, youre even going to pull out a KB/M or use kodi.  kodi doesnt do full netflix/on demand, but does a folder based view of these.  and trust me folder based view of netflix is pretty crap compared to the big easy UI everywhere else.

 

if ondemand isnt a primary focus, then thats fine, KB/M occasionally or kodi.

 

or if ondemand is important, setup a computer to do the recording of movies and act like a server, and instead get a mi box (android TV device) which can run kodi so can still view live tv from your server and watch all recordings, but has full apps for netflix etc.

 

 

Thanks for your suggestion.  I had seen a tutorial of setting up NZ on demand apps in Kodi however is folder based as you suggest.  Also still requires a server of some type.

 

That Mi Box is a very fine looking device though!  I recently picked up a SmartVU2 Android TV stick but haven't been blown away by its performance.


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