The pcHDTV Tuner

This tuner has been kind of a good news bad news thing. The good news is that the pcHDTV HD-2000 High Definition Television PC tuner was developed strictly for Linux. What that means is that support will be there. As most Linux users know, using products developed for windows can be dicey at best because the manufacturer’s rarely support a Linux version of their drivers (with a few notable exceptions: nVidia being one). The bad news is that in order to install this thing, you have to patch the kernel and re-compile.

Another interesting problem that I had not really thought of is that once you record a 0:30 minute show (5 Gigabytes at 1920x1080i), replaying it can be a bear. I have yet to be able to successfully playback smoothly a recording. More on that topic later.

Next… enter MythTV

Enter the HTPC

Well, after researching the ins and outs of HDTV, I decided that building my own Home Theater PC was the way to go. No, really… Stop laughing. I could put the whole thing together really cheaply, and it would have more features than you can imagine! I found this amazing front-end called MythTV. MythTV is like a free version of TiVo with even more functionality. It all runs on Linux, and is quite stable.

Next entry… the pcHDTV Tuner!

Where to start?

Well,

This is the first post, so I figure I should probably start out with a bit of history. Ann and I bought a big TV… You know, one of those honkers that owns a corner of your family room. I don’t think we ever thought we would do that, but here we are. During the research process for the new TV I ran across this thing called HDTV. In a nutshell, HDTV is High Definition Television, and it is going to be part of our broadcast standard in the not so distant future. I quickly realized that in order for us to take full advantage of the large TV that we would need to get this thing called HDTV.

Next entry… Enter the HTPC