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HDTV storage needs

I've got 1.5 T on my backend/frontend server (mythdora, thanks jarod).
I've got more shows on there than I can watch. :>)) (chuck, big bang
theory, corner gas, dr who)
last summer I saved all of the euro cup and was able to burn the final
to dvd for a friend.
my kids do watch some live tv on it.
the family pc (kubuntu) in the living room is setup to watch mythtv.
it is a great toy/way to watch tv when I want.
I have 2 hauppauge cards, both a few years old (one is a win-tv and the
other is a win-theater card).  I bought a pvr-350 that I can't get
I might have to try it with that other o/s to see if there is a problem
with card.
I added a widescreen lcd to the server and mythtv seems to adjust the
ratio of the shows I record (analog, 480i) and then watch on the
widescreen without distortion.  that part is FM (f***ing magic)!

you said you have three tuners. what are using for a signal source? I'm
just using a splitter and getting the analog signal off my cable (rcn).
this limits me to about channel 70 for the two cards.  unfortunately, my
backend doesn't have firewire (yet) so that I could tap into the hd
cable box.

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces-mNDKBlG2WHs at [mailto:discuss-bounces-mNDKBlG2WHs at] On Behalf
Of Dan Ritter
Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2008 9:05 AM
To: Doug
Cc: discuss-mNDKBlG2WHs at
Subject: Re: HDTV storage needs

On Thu, Oct 02, 2008 at 08:47:54AM -0400, Doug wrote:
> Hello:
> I am getting FiOS today, which makes me think maybe I should do 
> something with MythTV.  Looking at a storage product on line, it looks

> like 1 terabyte gets records 667 hours SDTV or 167 hours of HDTV/MPEG4

> (accurate?).  What I am wondering is how _few_ hours on the hard disk 
> start to feel limiting?  If one watches a few shows a week plus one 
> football game, is 20/50/100 hours enough?  I would particularly like 
> to hear from those who watch via MythTV.  I really like the idea of 
> skipping commercials.

Well, that depends on how you store it.

If you transcode to 720x480 XviD, you can get great results at about
1GB/hour. If you keep lots of 1080i MPEG2 around, you'll discover that
ends up being 4GB/hour.

As to how much feels limiting -- I have a family that likes to keep some
shows around forever, mostly kids' programs. So I think about 2 TB of
disk space is about right, with three tuners.


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