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Mark Atwood
To replace my ReplayTV
I have a ReplayTV 4160 Personal Video Recorder. I love having a PVR. PVR is one of those things that sounds like a idle frivolity. Until you use it for a little while. You will never want to watch TV the old way again.

(I work for a company that is designing a series of PVR units to be deployed by cable companies.)

Unfortunately, SonicBlue, the folks behind ReplayTV have gone bankrupt, in part due to the lawsuits brought by the tv industry, who hate PVR. Especially they hate Replay's automatic commercial zapping function.

So I was getting nervous. When will my Replay stop working (it has to constantly "phone home", either via a phone call or via a highspeed internet connection, to update it's program schedule. No SonicBlue, no ReplayTV dataservice, no working ReplayTV.

I am now less nervous.

I have seen the replacement for my Replay. It's a GPL open source project called "MythTV". It's still a little shaky and under development, but it will very soon do everything my Replay does. Better. Neater. More openly. More powerfully. More user and poweruser friendly. And in ways that will really enrage the television industry. Heh heh heh.
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lionmage From: lionmage Date: April 10th, 2003 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fuck! I had no idea SonicBlue was bankrupted by these ridiculous lawsuits. I'm kinda pissed, because I too own a Panasonic-branded Replay unit. Of course, you can tell it to record from one time to another time on a specific channel, making it about as useful as a conventional VCR. I had wanted to get a broadband enabled Replay unit to replace my Panasonic unit, but of course that requires disposable income, which I don't have right now, not really. (And there are a lot more pressing things vying for what few dollars are disposable.)

I'd thought for a while about building a small form factor PC and putting it in my living room as a sort of souped up replacement for my Replay TV. Any ATI All-In-Wonder video card will do the same job that the Replay currently does (and comes with software to do this). It's nice to see some open source software do the same thing, hopefully under Linux. If the software eventually supports burning the video to DVD for archival purposes, and does reasonably well with program guides, and supports the best and most popular video input and output hardware out there, well... I'm for it!
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