How to create a TiVo clone, Part II - Windows Software
Part one focused on using Linux software. Part II was spawned by a user who posted a comment on Part one's chatterbox.
A user recently posted a message in the discussion of my How to create a TiVo clone post about creating a TiVo using Windows software as opposed to the Linux path.
The two individuals who built TiVo's with me purchased the same hardware. They went down the Windows path. With me, though, I went the cheap route with Linux. If you have the funds, go with Windows.
Keep in mind, though, I have not used any of these software based solutions, but recommend the hardware sites. With that said, let's get on with some links.
Articles based on building a Windows TiVo
- Building a Windows Based PVR
- TiVo Killers? - Windows PVR
- Free TiVo - Build a better DVR out of a old PC.
- Build your own PVR Forums (BYOPVR) - THE site for building your own TiVo (Windows ForumsLinux Forums)
- Ars Technica Small Form Factor Guide to PC's - A review of some small form factor PCs.
- PCAlchemy - The one-stop store for HTPC hardware.
Open Source TiVo/PVR solutions
- Meedio - Open Source Solution purchased by Yahoo! (I think it's still free)
- GB-PVR - Not Open Source, but not Donationware. If you develop, you can create your own plugins using C#, VB.NET, and C++. Nice touch.
- MediaCenter - The Open Source Media Center.
- Microsoft Windows Media center Edition - Of course, we need to provide this link. ;-)
- SageTv Media Center - They are currently on version 6.
- SnapStream's BeyondTV - Award-winning PC Media Center Products
- Chris-TV - PVR that takes over your TV.
I hope I've provided enough information about building Windows-based TiVos. If not, post a message below and we'll see where it takes us. Heck, that's what spawned this post. :-)
Thanks TG for the comment. :-)