[vdr] vdr on PS3

Torsten Schlabach tschlabach at gmx.net
Thu Jan 4 17:43:07 CET 2007

Well, it all depends on perspective ...

If you had to buy the PS3 just for that purpose, you'd probably be 
right. In that case, I would rather be looking at a streaming media 
client. Some of them have HDTV as well these days, such as for example 
the Kiss DP-600 oder the latest D-Link DSM. Well, you'll probably have 
lot of frustration with these devices as the hardware is good and cheap, 
just the software sucks. (I started blogging about that at 

Maybe someday a Linux distro for that class of devices will be made 

But if you have a PS3 anyway, having a VDR client on it will save you 
just another device in your living room. That makes sense in terms of 
space, network ports and also input feed connectors of your TV set.

I currently have

- a PS/2
- a plain DVD player
- a Pinnacle Showcenter
- a Maxdome receiver (www.maxdome.de, basiscally a DSL VoD client)
- a DVB-S receiver

all hooked up to my living room TV. No TV set has 5 input jacks and I 
need six remote controls to handle that. This is not fun, actually.

I do strongly believe that looking for the one hardware platform which 
has it all (strong CPU, fast ethernet or even gigabit networking, HDMI 
output with proper scaling for low-res formats), for some people USB and 
DVD/BlueRay drives, and that has an *open software platform* in which I 
could plug all my software DVD player (with menus, please!), MPlayer, 
VDR, Shoutcast, VoD, ... that would be it.

Regarding using a PC: Still the noise / price problem. Either it's cheap 
and ugly or just way to expensive. Unless you can recommand a fanless 
"kind of PC" (anything that can run Linux is fine) which either has the 
TV out, networking and remote control stuff built-in or has suiteable 
slots for that and is somewhere less than 1000 USD.


VDR User schrieb:
> A PS3 running VDR is more of a novelty item considering the price.  For 
> the cost, you could easily build a computer that can handle HDTV, be a 
> lot more robust, and have money left over.
> I say this jokingly but not every idea is a good one mate!  :)
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