Building a simple HTPC

April 19, 2006 at 3:05 pm 1 comment

I am starting a new project on building a HTPC using a old computer that I already own. I actually don’t watch a lot of television, but my fiancee does. I am hoping to learn something new building a HTPC from scratch instead of buying a TIVO.

The HTPC will have the following requirements

  • Output standard television video and audio
  • Accepts DVD, and CD media.
  • Play DVD, VCD, and CD.
  • Record television programs.
  • Archive VCR tapes
  • Display the weather.
  • Play video files: AVI, Mpeg, and WMV.
  • Play audio files: mp3, rm, and asf.
  • Have some provision for backup
  • Remote controlled

I am going to use the software MythTV.

  • MythTV can be installed on a really low powered machine.
  • The architecture allow a split between the front and the back end. Ultimately, I like to be able to setup a “home” server that will be use to store tax return, audio, video, and telephone services, etc.
  • MythTV is a fairly mature product.
  • MythTV is free.

The downside is that setting up MythTV is probably not trivial. Despite the gains Linux has made over the years, setting up a system using Windows is probably still easier.


Entry filed under: HTPC, linux.

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  • 1. komplettie  |  November 3, 2009 at 3:51 am

    Sounds like a solid build, but the MythTV bit will likely be the hard part 😦


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