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Nyuuji
09-08-2007, 12:13 PM
Is there a set top box out there that will...

1. Record digital tv to hard drive
2. Networkable via ethernet/usb
3. Play dvds
4. Burn data to dvd/cd
5. Support multiple formats(avi.,mkv,etc.)

In other words, it'll do everything but cook me dinner:lol:
There are lots of machines that'll do 1 or 2 of the above, but not do all of them.
(Apart from a full blown media centre pc)

Is there such a mythical box?

chiefnz
09-08-2007, 12:21 PM
With a few "K" you could build a box that does all the above and cook you dinner!!!

I'm not too sure though, I myself have never seen one like that. I would bet that probably no there isn't such a thing.. just yet of course... but don't quote me on that.

Cheers

wratterus
09-08-2007, 12:21 PM
A full blown media centre pc?

:lol:

kjaada
09-08-2007, 12:22 PM
you must be in the dark ages:
I will wait a while to see other replies but my box does all that and a lot more:

chiefnz
09-08-2007, 12:37 PM
The OP stated set top box, so I assume he's probably not referring to a media centre PC... however that's my interpretation.

Graham L
09-08-2007, 01:19 PM
Spike Milligan thought of it first:

Bluebottle: You should get one of those things my grandpa has. It tells the time, gets you up in the morning, makes you tea.

Eccles: Oh yes, what do you call that?

Bluebottle: My grandma!

CYaBro
09-08-2007, 03:48 PM
A PC running MediaPortal or LinuxMCE.

winmacguy
09-08-2007, 03:55 PM
Is there a set top box out there that will...

1. Record digital tv to hard drive
2. Networkable via ethernet/usb
3. Play dvds
4. Burn data to dvd/cd
5. Support multiple formats(avi.,mkv,etc.)

Is there such a mythical box?

You can pretty much walk into any computer store now and get a box that will do all that, or build your own and load your OS of choice.

johcar
09-08-2007, 04:56 PM
Spike Milligan thought of it first:

Bluebottle: You should get one of those things my grandpa has. It tells the time, gets you up in the morning, makes you tea.

Eccles: Oh yes, what do you call that?

Bluebottle: My grandma!Well done Graham - here, have this picture of a five pound note (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/images.jpeg)!!

mmmork
09-08-2007, 05:26 PM
I don't know of a set top box. You did say not a media PC...but mebbe it's the only option. Thing is, to do those tasks does NOT require great hardware. I'm guessing you get a pretty looking small form-factor box which would look good in your lounge, any 'ol celeron MB, TV card, 200gb hd, $90 DVD etc etc, a few hundred bucks.

Not offering to build or troubleshoot. :)

winmacguy
09-08-2007, 05:33 PM
This little puppy comes pretty close for PC and Mac.
http://store.apple.com/0800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/nzstore.woa/wa/RSLID?nnmm=browse&mco=3F30BCD&node=home/ipod/apple_tv

CYaBro
09-08-2007, 06:02 PM
This little puppy comes pretty close for PC and Mac.
http://store.apple.com/0800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/nzstore.woa/wa/RSLID?nnmm=browse&mco=3F30BCD&node=home/ipod/apple_tv

That does not have a TV tuner or capture card in it for recording TV and the format support is pretty limited. Hard drive is not big enough either. 160GB is getting better.
In saying that I have had a play with one and it was very nice.

winmacguy
09-08-2007, 06:40 PM
That does not have a TV tuner or capture card in it for recording TV and the format support is pretty limited. Hard drive is not big enough either. 160GB is getting better.
In saying that I have had a play with one and it was very nice.

Elegato Eye TV would do it although the Apple TV is solely designed for streaming videos downloaded from iTunes (US) so that part of it is not yet suited to our market. The Elegato Eye TV works very well as a TV tuner on a Mac from what I understand.
There were some comments from Mac users regarding the 40GB HD being too small when it was first released so it is fortunate that Apple upgraded it. I guess you can also store additional footage on your PC or Mac HD if needed.

Jen
09-08-2007, 07:19 PM
What about this sort of PVR box (http://www.mypvr.co.nz/mypvr/index.html)?

mmmork
09-08-2007, 07:26 PM
What about this sort of PVR box (http://www.mypvr.co.nz/mypvr/index.html)?


Interesting. Good idea. I didn't see a price quoted on a quick looky. How much?

Jen
09-08-2007, 07:35 PM
Interesting. Good idea. I didn't see a price quoted on a quick looky. How much?Good question! They seem to do mix 'n' match custom builds (http://www.mypvr.co.nz/mypvr/myPVR%20Sales%20Options.html) so I can't see a set price for a specific system.

I got given a brochure from the openmedia.co.nz company at a Linux User Group meeting some time last year, and from memory they said their prices ranged from the $1K mark upwards depending upon what goodies you would like inside. It included full software support. No idea what their prices are like now.

mmmork
09-08-2007, 08:18 PM
Hmm, like my first post, you gotta be able to do this under 4 figs self built?

winmacguy
09-08-2007, 08:21 PM
What about this sort of PVR box (http://www.mypvr.co.nz/mypvr/index.html)?

That looks nice but kinda big, not very discreet.

Bantu
10-08-2007, 07:26 AM
http://www.mypvr.co.nz/mypvr/myPVR%20Sales.html#Retail

Nyuuji
10-08-2007, 08:23 AM
Thanks Jen.
That is what I was looking for.
I realize I could build a media pc (windows or Linux), but wanted something that was a bit more professional looking.
Thanks again