PVR that stores media on network

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  1. Fredde87

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    Hi

    Since I use my xbox to watch videos from my server I want a pvr box that saves all recording to the network (the server is running linux so I can basicly use any protocol). The box would need a hard-drive though for time-shift and simular functions but a 20gb will do so size doesnt matter....

    Is there any? I have only seen very expensive onces where you get 250gb and pay like $500 for them....


    Also a tuner is just a plus since I will connect my IPTV box to it through either, composite, s-video or scart....
     
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    Only one I know that will write directly to a network is a Siemens unit, but it's DVB-T only and only availble in Germany. If your comfortable with linux have you looked at www.mythtv.org

    It's client server approach would integrate well with your x-box and your current server my be upto the job of handling the recording, so it'd only cost a hardware mpeg card.
     
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    While the siemens one looks perfect on paper I have read a lot of bad stuff about it :/


    And I dont have pc to spare for mythtv, and I can't place a pc by the tv either :/


    I have read something about a dreambox... But I can't seem to find a clear site explaining what it can do. I know it has a ethernet connection but can it record to the network or just stream stuff from the pc? Since I already stream stuff from my pc to my tv with my xbox I dont require this feature.
     
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    What's wrong with Windows MCE and XBOX media extenders (apart from cost)? The xbox360 will also be great. Otherwise TiVo and ReplayTV have ethernet options. I guess the cheapest option is a 2nd hand TiVo with network card off Ebay (£70 to £600 depending on spec and hard drive size)
     
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    I know that the tivo has a ethernet connection but as I understand it, it can not record to the network. There are several devices with a ethernet connection but none seem to be able to save the recordings to the network :/


    Also cost is a big issue here, otherwise I could just get a pvr with a 500gb hard-drive but it will cost to much :/
     
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    I don't think you will find anything that does it in real-time for low cost yet.

    You can always schedule jobs so the recordings get transferred across the network once the programme has finished.
     
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    Thanks :/


    Probebly not the best place to ask this but does anyone know of a site that sells a small linux box? I have just seen one that does custom boxes for you for $499 which is a bit extreme. If I could get one of those small cheap linux boxes I could probebly get some linux pvr software to run on it.


    Thanks
     
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    Once again you probably wont find a small super-quiet linux box unless you spend around 600 if you want it to have heavy duty processing power. You can easily find a large one for that price of course.
    If you wait a year or 2 I am sure the prices will drop to that level.

    I am close to ditching the UK series one TiVos once stable and quiet 6 tuner HTPCs drop in price and xbox360 or PS3 can be used as extenders and are cheap enough.
     
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    :), the thing is I know several linux boxes that cost like $150 but they are only available through my ISP if I get another STB... Hard to explain, but the STB I have at home are linux baseed and they are powerful enough to encode just under 2 video streams at the same time. But they are special made and I dont know where you can buy them if you want to build your own and not use the ISP software that comes with.


    I'll probebly just wait a while for something that does what I want... I will look into the gigaset a bit more and se what people think of it...
     
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    Hi Fredde,

    The STBs have the video encoding done by specialist chips instead of software which is power hungry

    You can get similar encoding hardware chips for PCs, most of the TV cards dubbed as PVRs should do the same thing.

    All you will beed then is finding one that has Linux drivers
     
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    Yepp, thing is I need something small, can't really put a atx sized computer in the living room. Nice town you live in ;) chipperfield myself.

    Where do companies like my ISP buy these small cheap linux boxes from? I havent been able to find the company that manufactor them...
     
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    Doesn't Kiss do a pvr which you can connect to ethernet? I think it will allow you to ftp over to it and copy recordings off, but don't kow if you would be able to map it as a network share on your pc.
     
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    You mean http://www.kiss-technology.com/?p=558&v=users?
    Pricey at £369.
    Only a 5 day EPG and I am pretty sure the metadata won't be great yet.

    However, it looks nice. I may even get one to add to my TiVo collection once it drops in price to around £150.
     
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    You could build a Microsoft Media Centre PC with one of teh silverstone cases in teh previous link.

    I would have thought that you could then connect it a network that has a Network attached Storage Device or PC acting as a fileserver.

    Then just configure the drive on the network as a drive on your HTPC and store the files at that location
     
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    Can't actually see anywhere mentioned the tuner type, so I guess that it is an old Analogue one.

    Interesting concept, especially the ability to web program from a mobile phone via the net.
     
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    Yes it seems to be analogue :(. When will manufacturers wake up?

    TiVo has had the ability to be programmed by wap or the web (and pretty much every software feature you can think of) for the last 5 years though!
     

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