RE: Tivo, Fair Use, Video-in-the-Cloud, and Vidster

From: Jeffrey Kay (jkay@ENGENIA.COM)
Date: Sun Apr 22 2001 - 13:12:10 PDT

Gavin --

Just thought I'd give you a quick update. I've put in a BookPC with a PIII
800, 256 MB RAM, and 40 GB HD. I've got the WinTV device plugged in and
have been experimenting with the various DVR apps out there. I like
SnapStream the best, but frankly I can't get audio recorded with the video
using any of them. It appears to be a problem with the basic video filter
settings. I'm about 10 minutes from writing my own app to do the job.
DirectShow is pretty straightforward for doing that sort of stuff. TV
output is average, most likely because my TV seems to have too much visible
distortion, made apparent with the border that gets applied to the 800x600
output of the Book PC. So I'm not sure it could replace my regular DVD at
this point.

Do you have any DVR software that works with the WinTV device?

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gavin Thomas Nicol []
> Sent: Monday, April 02, 2001 3:14 PM
> To:
> Subject: RE: Tivo, Fair Use, Video-in-the-Cloud, and Vidster
> > The BookPC approach intrigues me for replacing VCR1 with
> the BookPC. I
> > would also likely replace my DVD player too.
> That's my current setup. I'm trying to get it to work with DirecTV,
> and then I'll be all set.
> > thought. I'd probably need to deck the system out with a PIII
> > and at least 256 MB RAM to be able to do two of those things at
> > the same time.
> My BookPC has 80GB disk, 512MB memory, and an 800Mhz PIII. Altogether
> it cost about $600 or so.
> If I can get it hooked up to DirecTV, my thought was to have it act
> as a video server for the house.
> It's a fun toy if nothing else :-)

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