Saturday, April 21, 2007

Ubuntu and MythTV

I think I'm going to finally do it. I have been getting more and more upset with my cable company (Comcast), and I think I'm going to go ahead and set me up a Ubuntu/MythTV box. I have one of those Motorola DVR boxes from Comcast that I have not liked from day one. The interface sucks. But for $9.95 a month, it wasn't too bad of a deal. However, I just noticed that they have raised the rate to $11.95 a month. And the stupid guide has ads on it now. If they are going to put ads on it, the cost should have gone down. So, I want to get rid of it. And, it will certainly be a good way to get my feet wet with Ubuntu as well.

The problem is, I don't have a lot of money to spend on it. So, I will be using old equipment wherever I can. I will also be setting up RSS feed tracking for the shows I like to watch the most, so I don't need a lot of tuner cards. I will get at least one tuner card, and I'm still looking for the best deal on that. Maybe a Hauppauge PVR-150. Or maybe I'll splurge and get a PVR-500. Whatever I get, it will be hardware based MPEG-2 encoding. That will help keep the CPU requirements low. I have a machine already that is a P4 3.2Ghz, which should be enough CPU power. Hopefully, the only thing that I'll need to buy is a larger hard drive, more memory and a tuner card.

I've also decided to blog my progress. I've seen plenty of people do this already, but I think I can put a different spin on it and give it a fresh look. There are changes in Ubuntu 7.04 that makes a MythTV installation better, which I plan on talking about, as well.

So, to begin the process, my next entry will be about the computer itself. Whether or not I want to have a front computer end and a back end computer, or one computer that acts as both front end and back end.