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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: How can I make my own Tivo
From: james l <james@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2000 15:33:38 -0500
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Over on slashdot they seem to have a link to something like this (commercial

Looked like this is what you were thinking of building.
Except the $500 price tag I would like to have something similar, of course
it isn't as much fun as making it yourself, or as much work, and much more
expensive than a VCR.

James L

On Thu, 21 Sep 2000, you wrote:
> 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
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