Have a MythTV box built from some old computer parts that I’ve had hanging around for some time. System configuration:

  • Frontend/Capture Backend: 400MHz Pentium II
    • Debian linux 2.4.26 running with 256M RAM and a 4G IDE hard drive
    • TV capture/playback via a Hauppauge PVR-350 card
    • Homebrew IR blaster, controled via LIRC, used to control external boxes (eg. Sky digibox, TV, Video/DVD)
  • Storage Backend: dual 1GHz G4
    • OS X 10.3.6 with 1.5G RAM and a 600G serial ATA hard drive
    • NFS used, under the control of the frontend, to store video (initally in an MPEG-2 based format)
    • Quicktime used to transcode recorded MPEG-2 files into MPEG-4 files for storage efficiency