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Subject: [aclug-L] How can I make my own Tivo
From: "Clint A. Brubakken" <cabrubak@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 14:23:06 -0500
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My 5 year old VCR is failing on me and I need to get something to
replace it. 

I'm torn between a new VCR or a Tivo. A VCR is cheaper, but the Tivo is
cooler, and adds a lot of features I'd like, but it also has some
annoying features (not allowing you to skip commercials, not network
connection) and then I thought what about making my own. 

I was thinking of a machine with a MPEG Encoder/Decoder Card and I'd add
my DVD drive and Encoder card (Creative dxr2 which has some experimental
drivers). Then I'd need a video card with TV-out, and an IR reciever and

Then I'd have to write my own software to control it. 

I tried to find some information about MPEG cards that work under linux,
but didn't find much. 

What do people know about these parts and such, Would it be feasible? 

Clint Brubakken
Developer, Computer Science Services Group, LLC
President Air Capital Linux Users Group 
Wichita, KS
"So here's a picture of reality: (picture of circle with lots of
sqiggles in 
it) As we all know, reality is a mess."

  -- Larry Wall (Open Sources, 1999 O'Reilly and Associates)

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