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September 08, 2004

MythTV vs. Microsoft MCE

PVRBlog has a link to a two-part article at Anandtech.com comparing MythTV, the linux open source PVR, to Microsoft's Media Center Edition, using comparable hardware.

Part one describes setting up a MythTV box, and from personal experience, it can take a lot of time depending on how you want to configure it. There are shortcuts out there like KnoppMyth that will try do an automated install, but part of the value of MythTV is understanding the individual parts so you can customize it to fit your needs so it may be worth the steep learning curve.

I find the architecture which allows you to split the backend and frontend features on to one or more different computers one of it's biggest strengths. For instance, you can have a couple of monster PCs in your basement running the backend, recording multiple simultaneous shows. You can also have quiet diskless frontend computers like those at LinPVR.org attached to each of your televisions.

It will be very interesting to see how they compare. Microsoft MCE is only bundled with hardware so I haven't had a chance to play with it and I'm eager to see the article's results.

Posted on September 08, 2004

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