Windows media centre
Does anyone know of any (preferably) open source software that allows multiple channel DVR? (I know mythTV does single channels, but anything with more?)
Basically Virgin TiVo style, but without Tivo box
If anyones using any DVR software would appreciate opinions on it too (and whether it does multiple over 1 card, or multiple cards)
Edit - Also are there any that doesn't need internet to pull guides? It does it over the tv signal?
Windows media centre
Windows Media Center is really good, I use it here and although it is not as good with out h.264 based digital TV it still works well, happily funnels content Including TV through to an Xbox 360 acting as an media center or even any network tv that can handle DLNA. It can record as many channels as you have tuners as far as I know. It does not like MKV files but other than that its really quite good.
I think it was AngryTechnition that had a nice little trick with VLC and some tuners in linux that enabled multiple channels in each channel packet to be recied at once but its probaby quite a lot of work for a single station.
Here is AT's blog post, its only multichannel for each bundle so you still need three dual tuners to pull it off over there:
How to stream EVERY channel from Freeview onto your network « The Angry Technician
If you are starting from scratch, it would make sense to get a tuner which supports FreeView HD. AT has a guide for that too.
How to stream Freeview HD (DVB-T2) over multicast using dvblast « The Angry Technician
I'll give my vote for Windows Media Center as well. I've spent quite a few years messin around with PC based media centers and, TBH, WMC beats the all hands down, and it's free One thing I did find useful though is the K-Lite Codec Pack which adds support for many of the more 'awkward' files you'll come across. I also used Media Portal (MEDIAPORTAL - a HTPC Media Center for free!) an open source media center for Windows as it had tons of features and DVD playback out of the box. I used it until Vista came along and bundled Media Center with the home release. It's quite a good product, especially for free, and well worth a look
Thanks guys. Will have to take a look at both main options (Seems either WMC with multi-tuners, or single tuner per multiplex on linux), and see what I can come up with!
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