[vdr] next features?

Steffen Barszus st_barszus at gmx.de
Tue Nov 20 08:14:50 CET 2007


VDR User schrieb:
> On Nov 19, 2007 2:40 AM, Jan Exner <exner at gmx.net> wrote:
>   
>>> Why would you bother when you can buy something way better & faster
>>> for cheap these days?
>>>       
>> Why would you bother updating when it works just fine? And even the
>> cheapest system I could buy today is still more expensive than keeping
>> what I have now.
>>     
>
> Well obviously when your ancient pc can't handle new things such as
> h264 decoding and HDTV, and no manufacturer is willing to waste their
> money making a hardware decoder card, I would say it's not working
> just fine as you claim.  Sorry, a small handful of people using
> ancient pc's for dvb is not even vaguely enough for manufacturers to
> create h264 hardware decoder cards.  And even if they did actually
> bring one to market, meaning you can BUY it and not just look at it on
> a website, the cost would be too much.
>   
I'm sure it seems strange to you that people are using decoder hardware 
if the CPU can easily do it.

BUT

All people having an FF card or dxr3 or em84xx are using exactly 
something like this. Count users using such a setup and count people 
using softdevice etc pp setup, i'm sure the people with soft decoding 
are the minority (or at least lesser then the first group).
> If there's such a market for hardware decoding, where are all the
> cards?  How come manufacturers aren't jumping at the chance to capture
> the profits from people like you with old slow pc's in need of such
> cards?
>   
marketing doesn't allways recognize market demands, but tries to create 
demand for their ideas ...


As i said it's obvious that this idea sounds strange to you - but that 
doesn't mean that its a bad idea. I don't have exactly an ancient setup 
(Turion ML30+500MB RAM) but why i should burn CPU cycles all the time 
for wathcing TV if a hardware card can do it far more effecient ? And 
the power left over can sure be used for streaming, converting and so on.





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