Build your own Tivo / Sky + using ShowShifter

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  1. Squid Bubbly

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    Has anyone tried building their own PVR machine with a PC and ShowShifter? (from showshifter.com)

    You have the advantage of having all your TV, PVR,DVD, music and pictures all on one interface, it also has an EPG.

    It works great on my PC and now I'm considering making a box for the living room, maybe using a mini-ITX board, has anyone tried this? How did it go?
     
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    I'm not 100% sure ... but I don't think that the mini-ITX board would actually be powerful enough to run Showshifter (this is from looking at spec that Showshifter needs ... not practical experience).

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    Apparantly the they're ok (mini-itx) if you use a less cpu hungry codec, luckily showshifter is codec independant but then you need a bigger harddrive.

    Their support guy mentioned that the recently released mini-itx boards have lots of hardware acceleration and work fine, just take a bit of setting up, has anyone tried?
     
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    I'm not sure ... but could maybe you use something like the Hauppage PVR cards which have hardware MPEG encoding built on?
     
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    Then you're stuck with Hauppaugge Sotware :suicide:

    Not good
     
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    I didn't know if you could use the Hauppage with Showshifter ... but from your reply obviously not. To be honest I'm guessing here ... never used showshifter or the Hauppage PVR card.
     

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