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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: How can I make my own Tivo
From: David Carmichael <dec2955@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 16:32:18 -0500
Reply-to: discussion@xxxxxxxxx

I don't know if you get the show "THE SCREEN SAVERS" on TechTV (Formally
ZDTV) they tried to build their own LINUX TIVO box and while they were able
to get the need hardware to all work under Linux the payback was very poor,
(could not get full screen) they might still have a link to the show on
their web site to see what happened to their try and you might know where
they went wrong.

I for one would go with the VCR since you can take the tape to a friends
house if needed, until the TIVO or REPLAY boxes are 'SUBSCRIPTION FEE FREE'
and can use 'REMOVABLE MEDIA' they are just high cost toys in my eyes (just
wished I could afford the toy!)


----- Original Message -----
From: "Clint A. Brubakken" <cabrubak@xxxxxxx>
To: <discussion@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2000 2:23 PM
Subject: [aclug-L] How can I make my own Tivo

> 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
> remote.
> 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
> cabrubak@xxxxxxx
> ---
> "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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