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  Reply # 350519 13-Jul-2010 09:23
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mythtv backend running on my ubuntu server

clients are a apple tv running xbmc, and a mac mini running xbmc with mythbox.

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  Reply # 350531 13-Jul-2010 10:18
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using a digistar 811U. Very good - had no problems at all since updating the firmware about nine months ago.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 350540 13-Jul-2010 10:36
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farcus: using a digistar 811U. Very good - had no problems at all since updating the firmware about nine months ago.


Can you watch a finished recording and record a program on that unit at the same time?

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  Reply # 350546 13-Jul-2010 10:44
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alig:
farcus: using a digistar 811U. Very good - had no problems at all since updating the firmware about nine months ago.


Can you watch a finished recording and record a program on that unit at the same time?


No - only has a single tuner. You would need a MUCH more expensive unit to be able to do this.
Does have time shift recording though which is very good for such a cheap unit.

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  Reply # 350554 13-Jul-2010 10:49
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Currently experimenting with the signal issues of DVB-T.  Using a usb KWorld dual tuner (399UR) purchased from JayCar. The 399UR works very well under Linux when it has signal, even weak crappy signal.


Thanks, a very useful find. I've found it is very tricky business to get a good DVB-T tuner (especially an USB one). My recent find - the PCI AverTV Super 007 DVB-T. The price, sensitivity of the tuner and quality of the picture are excellent... Though you'd need last mercurial drivers if running under Linux.

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  Reply # 350557 13-Jul-2010 10:56
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farcus:
No - only has a single tuner. You would need a MUCH more expensive unit to be able to do this.
Does have time shift recording though which is very good for such a cheap unit.


That's pity. Was hoping to get some as a backup. The single tuner is not an issue for this kind of tricks. My cheap computer-based pvr has a single tuner as well but no problem with watching a finished recording (or some avi, or doing other businesses like playing music) and recording at the same time. I think it is connected to the processor power or a mux. Anyway good to know. Thanks :)

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  Reply # 350996 13-Jul-2010 18:23
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I use a TViX 6500 with a 1TB HDD which is DVB-T

But ive moved into a house with bad UHF coverage so im looking for a DVB-S solution :(

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  Reply # 351002 13-Jul-2010 18:34
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r0bbie: I use a TViX 6500 with a 1TB HDD which is DVB-T

But ive moved into a house with bad UHF coverage so im looking for a DVB-S solution :(


Twin Nova-S DVB-S pci cards work a treat for me. Under MythTV I have each one set for 4 virtual tuners.  So in theory with an even mix of shows across the two transponders I can do 8 recordings at once.  With a family of 4 I regularly hit 4-6 shows all over lapping.

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  Reply # 351005 13-Jul-2010 18:38
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Thanks, a very useful find. I've found it is very tricky business to get a good DVB-T tuner (especially an USB one). My recent find - the PCI AverTV Super 007 DVB-T. The price, sensitivity of the tuner and quality of the picture are excellent... Though you'd need last mercurial drivers if running under Linux.


I just made sure I had done an apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree and the firmware all just loaded up.  It MIGHT have worked without doing that.  But in case anyone gets one and hits a snag that should sort them.

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  Reply # 351065 13-Jul-2010 20:15
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joco: Under MythTV I have each one set for 4 virtual tuners.  So in theory with an even mix of shows across the two transponders I can do 8 recordings at once.  With a family of 4 I regularly hit 4-6 shows all over lapping.


So if I have only one physical tuner, the 4 virtual tuners is a reasonable maximum under MythTV on NZ DVB-S?

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  Reply # 351067 13-Jul-2010 20:18
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joco:
I just made sure I had done an apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree and the firmware all just loaded up.  It MIGHT have worked without doing that.  But in case anyone gets one and hits a snag that should sort them.

The same steps should be done for AverTV Super 007 DVB-T.

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  Reply # 351106 13-Jul-2010 21:29
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Panasonic DMR-BW850. Had to be user friendly for her indoors. Works really well. Only catch no MHEG-5. It makes it harder to record programs but still light years ahead of the 20 year old Mitsi VCR it replaced.

As usual two weeks after I bought it on what was a good price at the time $1100 they dropped the price to $799. A bit more expensive than other products around but it does have a Blu ray recorder built in.

Takes some concerted playing (or read the manual) to figure out how to play back a recorded show when there is a disk in. Stupidly easy when I figured it out.

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  Reply # 351244 14-Jul-2010 09:25
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Zinwell 620hd, with usb 320gb drive and Hong Kong firmware that enables basic PVR function (No EPG integration but it does allow 2 channel recording on same mux).

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  Reply # 351343 14-Jul-2010 12:17
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GBPVR with two tuners - a Hauppage PVR250 which records from a TCL cable box controlled by a USB UIRT and a Hauppauge Nova-T-500 (?) which records Freeview. The Nova-T can record two channels at once so theoreticallly can record 3 channel at the same time but have never needed more than two.

Don't watch content via the PC - run MyIhome on the PC and watch content on two connected Popcorn Hours (one is a A200 which can decode the wretched AAC-HE LATM audio that Freeview uses).




System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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  Reply # 351374 14-Jul-2010 13:27
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I have the Homecast 9200DTR. Overall I am happy with it. There were some early reviews of the device here on Geekzone.

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