Build Your Own 6 TV Tuner "Medusa PVR"

snapstream medusa pvr

Ok everyone… take out your notepads because SnapStream has put together a killer “how to” on creating your own 6 TV tuner monster Personal Video Recorder (PVR) called the Medusa PVR using off the shelf hardware components and their latest Beyond TV 3.5 PVR application for Windows XP. So if you’ve been drooling over the $4,000+ Sony 7 TV tuner VIAO Type X, which you can only buy in Japan, or thought you could make your own for a fraction price, then this article is for you.

“Beyond TV Link provides a good opportunity to use all of Medusa’s recording power. With Beyond TV Link, while you record two shows at once, four people at different places in the house could be watching (and pausing, rewinding, etc) their own live TV stream. Pretty cool if you’ve got a lot of people that want to watch TV at the same time.

The best part of using Hardware Encoders (like the PVR-250BTV) is that they don’t tax the host CPU. Here, the 6 recordings are taking a total cpu usage of 22%.”

Project Overview:
Chassis: Whitebox PC
CPU: 2.4ghz Pentium 4
RAM: 512mb (PC2700)
Hard Disk: 40gb Maxtor (5400rpm)
Capture Cards: (x 6) Hauppauge PVR-250BTV (aka Hauppauge “Roslyn” board)

OS: Windows XP Home
Beyond TV 3.5 (comes with the ability to use 2 tuners)
Beyond TV Tuner Add-on Pack (x 4)
Optional: Beyond TV Link

Approximate Cost: $1200

Filed in: Digital Media Servers

  • mekauf

    This sounds great but what about those of us with less money to create something less ambitious? What’s a cheap way to go and still get two tuner ability?