Quanext OTTIMO 19″ All in one Pc Tv Stereo

Quanext OTTIMO 19

Amazing product announced Quanext – OTTIMO 19″ All in one Pc/Tv/Stereo. It is well designed to operate under LINUX (SUSE), plus it is Microsoft Windows XP/Vista compatible.

Key features are:

  • All in one portable solution, throw away your box/case, everything is inside the lcd screen.
  • 19″ widescreen monitor with high resolution for high quality images and better view of any multimedia files
  • 2 big ROUND SPEAKERS with bass included give your multimedia experience a new effect
  • Easy to operate, only one button to switch the machine on and swith it to TV function.
  • Ottimo is a COMPUTER and it is a NORMAL LCD TV, 2 machines in one.
  • No need to INSTALL any TV TUNER softwares, just connect your antenna or cable line and you are ready to watch TV.
  • All connections are in the back of the unit for easy access. The unit is equipped with a DVD slot in player and a very useful retractable stand to help move your computer everywhere you want.
  • Perfect for using a multimedia center software such as MCE or MythTV

For more information, please, see product page.

MythTV plug-ins: part I


MythTV is one of the most popular Linux-based PVR systems. It offers a rich base functionality. But it also may be extended by using plug-ins if it is not enough for you. Basically, there are two groups of MythTV plug-ins: official which already included into MythTV distribution and unofficial, marked with “work-in-progress” characteristics.

Here is a brief overview of interesting official plug-ins. It’s easy to create custom DVDs from recorded shows using MythArchive. It’s possible add there themed menu structures, add new themes to existing titles from any accessible video collection, create auto-play DVDs, transcode and trim commercials from MPEG2 recordings, and re-encode resolution for DVD playback on commercial players.

MythDVD allows to playback DVD or VCD or ripping DVD images for safekeeping purposes. If you want to show your photos on TV MythGallery is the best way to do it. MythTV offers a way to play in Super Nintendo games. You have to just copy games to PC and run MythGame plug-in. Sure, you can listen your favorite music using MythMusic plug-in which provides a simple graphical interface tie-in to the audio playback software subsystem in MythTV. It supports FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3 files and allows to create complex play lists.

It’s may be good to read some news (MythNews) and check the weather (MythWeather) during the morning coffee. Moreover, you can configure your HTPC to receive Internet-based phone and video conference calls using the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). It’s possible with MythPhone plug-in.

And finally, MythWeb – plug-in which allows access to the MythTV configuration and recording from any PC connected the same network using web browser.

As you can see, MythTV offers a lot of useful extensions and allows to build a power and flexible home media PC.

Additional materials:

MythTV Release 0.20 Announced

MythVT MythTV fans get ready to update! Release candidate 0.20 has added support for some excellent new plugins, peripherals (i.e. HDHomeRun), and OpenGL interface enhancements. Below is list of the major changes since 0.19:

  • Added MythArchive plugin for archiving recorded shows
  • Menus are now drawn by MythUI using OpenGL. This option can be enabled/disabled in the Appearance settings.
  • Improved internal DVD player – now supporting menus and other missing features
  • Added MHEG content implementation (Interactive TV in UK)
  • Added Hotplug support for removable media in Media Monitor and MythGallery
  • Added support for the HDHomeRun encoding device
  • Added support for basic FreeBox recorders
  • Added support for H.264 (aka MPEG-4 AVC) TS decoding
  • Added an MPEG1/MPEG2/MPEG4-AVC IP network recorder
  • Added internal UPnP server support for TV and Music
  • Added experimental second commercial detector
  • New socket class for backend communications
  • OSD image cache which improves channel changing speed
  • Fixed program transition while Watching LiveTV
  • Added beginnings of firewire capture support for MacOS
  • Support for DVB radio channels and guide data collected via EIT for them
  • Added mouse support in menus, including gestures

Prepare LiveTV for a limited bandwith

Recently I did good hack with VDR and streamdev-server. I added a possibility to preprocess LiveTV stream before streaming it via LAN. I wrote a simple howto “Prepare LiveTV for a limited bandwith howto”. So, hope it’ll useful for you and save your time.

Sky Digibox + VDR = Sky HD

If you are owner of Sky Digibox you can easily add PVR functionality to it using VDR and its plugin sky. The plugin sky is included into official VDR distribution. You can find it in the PLUGINS/src. It creates a new MPEG2-based device which allows to connect the analog a/v output of your Sky Digibox to VDR. So, you’ll able to use the full recording flexibility of VDR with your Sky subscription.
The Digibox is remotely controlled through VDR via LIRC (see lircd.conf.sky, which contains the remote control codes for that). In order to access the Sky channels VDR needs to know the channel number under which each channel is stored in the Sky Digibox. These numbers are used as ‘frequency’ parameters in the channels.conf definitions of the Sky channels (see the file ‘channels.conf.sky’).
The Sky EPG is available on the Internet at Ananova.com. The Perl script getskyepg.pl extracts the EPG data from these pages
and sends it to VDR via an SVDRP connection.
This is a good example of flexibility of VDR. You can build not only simple PVR but combine VDR with existing satellite TV systems to extend their functionality.

Written by: Klaus Schmidinger
Project’s homepage: www.cadsoft.de/vdr
Latest version available at: www.cadsoft.de/vdr
Debian package availabe here.

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