View Full Version : Watching/Downloading Video Podcasts without a PC?
10-08-2007, 09:10 AM
Hi I search a hardware solution to download and play video podcasts on my tv.
I don't use Windows/OS X -> No Itunes -> No Apple tv.
Is there a box out there who can download podcasts directly from the web?
I'm from Italy so please no TiVo or other services that contains monthly fees.
10-08-2007, 10:44 AM
MythTV has many plugins for managing RSS feeds, and producing them too, so that platform wouid work. There are lots of nice cheap micro and flex ATX boards floating around these days with HDMI out onboard video thats plenty good for a set top box. Throw in good value CPU and RAM, and a bit honkin' drive, and you are set!
XBMC for the original xbox can too, and this is great, because you can get those for almost nothing now. throw in a big drive and you are set!
There also also many many extenders that have come out since the AppleTV got big that have many more stand alone features. Some of them have to support RSS.
You can also hack an AppleTV fine from any OS, including Linux, which I will guess you are running. The last I checked there were AppleTV RSS fetcher plugins under development. You can check under Hackintosh or Apple TV Hacks or whatever to see how things have progressed. If that works, the AppleTV is a really nice form factor.
Also, I hope apple will release an official plugin for this functionality soon. It is a bit absurd having the AppleTV be so dependent on other computers when there is no need for it.
10-08-2007, 11:01 AM
I already have a Linux PC connected to my TV. I'm using VDR to record and watch tv.
I think I give mythtv a try.
Does the product from evil corp (apple) using this rss plugin fetch the videos or stream them? And how is it integrated into frontrow?
10-08-2007, 11:36 AM
Do you have a PS3? You can use TVersity to stream to your TV that way, if you check the Totally Rad Forums, Iccanui has done a great writeup on it.
10-08-2007, 11:39 AM
Tversity semms to be windows only :(
10-08-2007, 11:47 AM
You're on Linux?
If it's Ubuntu, maybe Ubuntuforums is a good option.
Edit: Oh, have you even tried Miro (http://www.getmiro.com/download/)?
Edit 2: And you may want to read about it first (http://www.linux.com/feature/118379).
10-08-2007, 11:51 AM
Is I'm on ubuntu linux. And I'm using Miro atm
Did you read my question?
10-08-2007, 11:58 AM
Yes, I did read the first post. Miro will download what you want automatically, you just need to show your PC on your TV, via Svideo or whatever.
10-08-2007, 12:49 PM
Yes, I did read the first post. Miro will download what you want automatically
Yeah, I was thinking of suggesting that as thats what I use, but he seemed to imply he wanted to be able to browse podcasts from his TV, a la a 10 ft interface to do so. Miro is not a 10 ft app by any means.
One thing I've done to get around this is to set up an NXserver on my Linux box(you can also use a second virtual display and VLC, but its not as easy or nice). Then you can use your laptop from anywhere, including the couch, to control apps like Miro or your bittorrent client. And since NX is a true GUI terminal server, you can disconnect from sessions(IE, sleep my laptop when I'm not directly controlling the machine) and they will still run, without interfering with the hardware display at all.
10-08-2007, 09:31 PM
psp slim has tv out and rss feeds :) but, i don't know how good the video will look on a tv.