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    Will there ever be a video squeezebox ?

    I am looking for a box, that does with video what squeezebox does with audio.

    So a daemon on a server that can transcode files in some storage and stream it to a "SqueezeVideoBox" that I can plug into my TV and watch video's there.

    I have build a MythTV box ( http://www.mythtv.org/ ) on a epia board, and it kind of does the job (using mplayer/mencoder), but *if* a hardware box/backend server solution ala squeezebox was available, I'd switch right away.

    Any Video Slimdevice in development ? Or any other boxes you can suggest ?

    Ohh.. and setups that include a windows box, is a nogo for me. Especially Windows Media Center is a big NoThanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sch View Post
    Any Video Slimdevice in development ?
    Slim Devices, wisely, does not comment on products in development.

    The subject of video is pretty controversial around here. Slim Devices' expertise lies in audio, not video. Compared to video, the audio-only market is so small that a lot of people would not want to see Slim go into video, slowing down or halting development of their audio products.

    Or any other boxes you can suggest ?
    There was a brief discussion, software only, here: http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=30557

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    Will there ever be a video squeezebox ?

    Sch wrote:
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    > I have build a MythTV box ( http://www.mythtv.org/ ) on a epia board,
    > and it kind of does the job (using mplayer/mencoder), but *if* a
    > hardware box/backend server solution ala squeezebox was available, I'd
    > switch right away.


    MythTV does support a client/backend separation. The client software can
    run on (multiple) quiet low power boxes that boot off of read-only CF in
    your TV rooms, and the server software can run on the big beefy machine
    with a giant RAID that you've already got in your basement running
    Slimserver.

    It's a lot more DIY than slimserver/squeezebox, but it can be done.

    Just make sure that the client and backend machines have a wired
    connection; wireless can't handle the bandwidth needed for video.

    - Marc


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sch View Post
    I am looking for a box, that does with video what squeezebox does with audio.
    Apple's pending "iTV" product is encouraging. The real question, which has yet to be answered, is can it steam media files from a generic file server or does it require an OS X installation somewhere on the network to enable playback. The latter is more probable and for me a deal killer. Although I do run OS X, I don't want my desktops to be in the repository/streaming business.

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    Step 1: Buy an old Xbox from eBay, craigslist, or a neighborhood Gamestop.
    Step 2: Hack Xbox and drop the acclaimed hackware Xbox Media Center (XBMC) on it. Great directions can be found here--
    http://www.productwiki.com/microsoft...0_minutes.html
    Step 3: There is no step 3. Once you've got XBMC on, you really don't have to dork with it.

    Seriously, XBMC is what you want. It will stream any video in any format on to your TV. It is just dropjaw fantastic software.

    I'm a linux guy, and I'm telling you, you want XBMC. There is no better and cheaper way to do what you want than XBMC.

    #!/ben
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    Community Developer: Nokia770Skin (r.i.p.)

    http://www.last.fm/user/bklaas/
    KHAAAN!...BUNNIES!

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    Will there ever be a video squeezebox ?

    Sch wrote:
    > I am looking for a box, that does with video what squeezebox does with
    > audio.
    >
    > So a daemon on a server that can transcode files in some storage and
    > stream it to a "SqueezeVideoBox" that I can plug into my TV and watch
    > video's there.
    >
    > I have build a MythTV box ( http://www.mythtv.org/ ) on a epia board,
    > and it kind of does the job (using mplayer/mencoder), but *if* a
    > hardware box/backend server solution ala squeezebox was available, I'd
    > switch right away.
    >

    Well, there's videobox...
    http://videobox.sourceforge.net/
    > Any Video Slimdevice in development ? Or any other boxes you can
    > suggest ?
    >
    > Ohh.. and setups that include a windows box, is a nogo for me.
    > Especially Windows Media Center is a big NoThanks.
    >

    Oops, I'll take the Videobox back then...

    I've actually traded in videobox for MythTV myself (though it could
    fairly easily be rewritten to run under linux and control VLC or
    Mplayer). I've linked my squeezebox/slimserver network to my 3 tuner
    mythtv box with a 'MythBox.pm' plugin that communicates to a Lirc
    junction box tool that I wrote for this purpose. See an earlier post for
    the links to the Perl code.

    The MythTV/SlimServer server is a large and noisy machine with lots of
    drives nicely tucked away in my server room (well, there's a server in
    it so I guess that makes it a server room). The MythTV box is connected
    to an RF modulator that transmits the servers AV signal to the in house
    cable connected to 4 TV's. All TV's have a SB3 next to them that can
    control MythTV with the remote.

    Regards,
    Peter


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    Re: Will there ever be a video squeezebox ?

    bishopdonmiguel wrote:
    > Sch;162639 Wrote:
    >
    >> I am looking for a box, that does with video what squeezebox does with
    >> audio.
    >>

    > Apple's pending "iTV" product is encouraging. The real question, which
    > has yet to be answered, is can it steam media files from a generic file
    > server or does it require an OS X installation somewhere on the network
    > to enable playback. The latter is more probable and for me a deal
    > killer. Although I do run OS X, I don't want my desktops to be in the
    > repository/streaming business.
    >


    Oh great, another Apple product full of DRM, proprietary technology and
    patents, no doubt...

    Regards,
    Peter


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    XMBC was one of my options, along with the KISS DP558, but the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) isn't exactly great on the Xbox, and the DP558 lacks on the streaming (I will have to upload the video's to the 558).

    But thanks for the input. Keep em' comming

    The MythTV Backend/Frontend solution is OK, but the interface of mythTV is an "OSD thing" - I would prefer a "LED thing" as the one the squeezebox. And if they could share remote... Oh joy !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    All TV's have a SB3 next to them that can
    control MythTV with the remote.
    Now we are talking... I think I have to revisit MythTV. That is, unless I can find that magic HW box that does it all.

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    Re: Will there ever be a video squeezebox ?

    Sch wrote:
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    > The MythTV Backend/Frontend solution is OK, but the interface of mythTV
    > is an "OSD thing" - I would prefer a "LED thing" as the one the
    > squeezebox. And if they could share remote... Oh joy !


    Sharing a remote is easy -- both slimserver and myth (well, LIRC) have
    fully customizable IR interfaces.

    As for an off-screen interface for myth, well, I can't really see why
    you'd want that -- you've already got the TV on to watch TV, so the OSD
    interface seems quite natural to me.

    - Marc

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