Eager To Try MediaMVP

Well, I finally purchased a MediaMVP yesterday from Newegg. If you haven't seen one of these before, it's basically a little box that streams videos and music from a networked server to your television. I'm hoping to use it to do the following: - Play back recordings that I have stored within my MythTv system - Pause and rewind live TV (again, with a little help from MythTv) - Watch home videos stored as MPEG's - Watch "archived" movies that I have converted into non-MPEG 2 codecs, such as Xvid and Ogg Theora - Access my extensive MP3 collection through my television set

On top of all of these great features, the MediaMVP is relatively inexpensive (< $90), small, silent, and energy-efficient. The only real downside that I see is that it's a non-trivial project to configure the MediaMVP to do all of the things listed above using a Linux server. Thank goodness that I play with computers for a living :) Purchases like this can be a little difficult to rationalize from a frugal perspective, but I thought about it for a while and am pretty happy with the decision. Yes, it's $90 more that I'll have to earn before I can retire, but the following points made sense to me: 1. It's something that I've wanted for years. 2. It's definitely cheaper than the alternatives. Tivo is $100 + $12/month for as long as you want to use it. Cable-based DVR's are $14 a month and not nearly as flexible. 3. *I'm a big fan of the idea that there is such a thing as "good TV"*. Whether it's a PBS documentary or prime-time "Price Is Right", TV can be a wonderful form of entertainment. The problem that I have with TV is that when I do have time to watch it, I rarely have easy access to anything that I would actually want to watch. Hopefully, this device will change that.

In the end, I hope that it ends up being an inexpensive, flexible, and easy-to-maintain. Please keep watching this space if you would like to follow my progress.

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