View Full Version : [ubuntu] Want XBMC TVO

December 28th, 2009, 07:34 PM
I want what my old linux tech had but he has passed away, so I can't ask him what he had. He had a full fledged TVO, using XBMC on Ubuntu 8.04. He recorded TV right off his cable box and watched it High def quality on his large screen plasma display with an infra-red remote and everything. Best picture I have ever seen...bar none!

Does anybody know the hardware requirements for that???

What works best?

I'll be running Karmic 64-bit on a raid-5 with 8 gigs of ram, but what's the best video card to import video with a remote?

I know Mythbuntu is the preferred video distro, but I really like XBMC can anyone help?


December 30th, 2009, 07:18 AM
Your primary issue is knowledge, not hardware. Presumably, when you say TVO you mean TIVO, a specific brand commercial DVR (aka PVR) which can be purchased if it satisfies your requirements. Wiki may help identify relevant DVR software candidates if you want to use your PC as a DVR. Kindly note that XBMC does not provide native DVR capabilities.
http://xbmc.org/wiki/?title=Category:PVR provides articles on how to make XBMC work with some DVR software such as Mythtv. DVR software typically works with a remote that will use the installed, supported video capabilities. Most likely you do not need a separate video card as the the CPU and integrated graphics are adequate though some personal investigation based on your personal requirements may be helpful. Your relevant questions may involve whether you desire 108P, 720P or less and whether HDMI is a requirement. For 1080P without HDMI and no impact on CPU utilization there are some indications Broadcom may have a $25 solution for video decoding,
http://www.anandtech.com/gadgets/showdoc.aspx?i=3701. HDMI costs extra if your motherboard does not already provide it. Video encoding (to record an analog video stream like TV) also takes CPU cycles unless you have a TV tuner with hardware assistance,

Competitive markets offer consumers choices and TIVO is rather popular with folks who want to buy and plug it in pretty quick. If you do not enjoy the research process and take pride in mastery of a new subject matter, a solution such as TIVO may be prudent even if the out of pocket cost is higher.