[opendtv] Re: Tivo vs. MCE
- From: Kon Wilms <kon@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 13:59:45 -0700
Bob Weaver wrote: > How can you say MCE is an inferior product? A Tivo box can directly record the transport stream without re-encoding. A MCE box has to re-encode analog video. Its really that simple. >>>No HD support. > > Ummm ... I have a growing stack of HD-DVD's. I put them in the drive and > play both 720P and 1080P disks. No muss, no fuss. That would be HD tuner. HD-DVD isn't exactly widely deployed. Its niche with hardly any product out there on shelves, and other standards fighting it. Most people bore after watching step into liquid over and over again. Hence it is irrelevant. Also, funnily enough, most existing MCE systems don't support 1080P, since their CPUs are not even clocked at the minimum 3Ghz and their video GPU output is not WMV accelerated. >>>Vendor lock-in (WMV/WMA) > > And why shouldn't I use the best? I have almost 2,500 CD's ripped to WMA > files. I have $15,000 worth of Genelec speakers in my home theater. And > where did I save my music on my Tivo? Now, I have a sortable library of > music available at the touch of a button with nearly flawless audio quality. > Of all the things I love about MCE, this is the BEST. Proprietary codecs aren't vendor lock-in? My comment has nothing to do with if it is the best or not - that is irrelevant. Interestingly you define 'best' by your bar of a $35,000 investment in CDs converted to WMA files -- which doesn't give you any authority to say it is. At best it gives you a biased opinion, not fact. Wouldn't best be best defined by a superior codec like APE, maybe FLAC (both open source I might add)? >>>Wiring all your cable/sat boxes with IR emitters. > > How/why would you do that? I just programmed the MCE in with my MX-500 > Universal Remote. Again you missed my point - NO CONDITIONAL ACCESS. Unless you're just recording analog cable and NTSC OTA, that is. If so, a VHS deck would have sufficed. >>>Waiting for XP^H^H whoops M C E to bootup. > > Correct, it booted up when I installed it. That was months ago. What's your > point? My point was that all you really have is a flashy GUI on an OS that sells for $80. You can build a cheaper system for less and run BeyondTV or similar application on it, maybe even have enough cash over to buy a second system. If you're using MythTV, Freevo or other Linux PVR software, definitely have enough for two. > >>>Waiting for the emitters to change channels. > > MCE channel changing is MUCH faster on MCE that it was on my Tivo Compare the IBM PowerPC 403GCX at a clock speed of anywhere from 50 to 80Mhz with the 2.xx (maybe 3.0)Ghz Pentium 4 in your MCE. Compare the $69 Tivo price with the $1000+ MCE price. Add the fact (or not) that you are changing analog channels, not tuning transponders ala directivo (which is slower). Do the math. I should add MCE boxes sell anywhere between $1000 and $6500. The higher the price the less common sense on the behalf of the purchaser... >>>Watching overlay operator logo within operator logo within operator logo. > > Not sure what you're saying here. I have never seen an operator logo appear > anywhere. Since your MCE has no CA it means you have to use a 3rd party STB and service to get encrypted content ala DirecTV, Dish, etc. When you record this content and change channels the 3rd party STB's menu display is overlayed on the video. Your MCE banner is overlayed on top of that. Not exactly a selling point. > And let's see. I can also hook my MCE box to my monitor through a DVI > connector and get a 1920x1080 PROGRESSIVE resolution display. And my Tivo > was ... S-Video? Oooh boy, that was a pretty picture. What does it matter, your MCE can only record NTSC and analog video. Will your next quote be that a higher resolution on the DVI output improves the picture quality? With all the visible artifacts it would probably look better on the S-Video output. Nice try though - enjoy the MS kool-aid, and I'll enjoy mine! Cheers Kon ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.
- [opendtv] Tivo vs. MCE
- From: Bob Weaver
- [opendtv] Tivo vs. MCE