Godzilla PVR Records 11 Simultaneous TV Streams, Including 4 HD


godzilla pvrOh Dear Lord. The guys over at Snapstream have done it yet again. Godzilla is about the only name that fits this 11-tuner (4 HD, 7 SD) monster PVR (via PVRBlog). Previously, these guys put together a 4 tuner PVR called the “Medusa” only to surpass that box with a 10 tuner beast aptly named the “Hydra.” Now, skipping right past Greek characters to the only monster name that would fit (hey guys, what name could possibly be next), the Godzilla PVR features 4 Hi-Def tuners and 7 standard tuners. And yes, they do all work simultaneously.

Amazingly, this configuration fits inside of a modestly sized PVR type PC enclosure and uses standard components. It features a Pentium D 840 Dual Core Processor with Hyper-threading running at 3.2 Ghz. It has 2 GB of RAM, 2-160GB SATA Seagate Barracuda hard drives (for the OS and apps) and 4-250GB SATA Seagate Barracuda hard drives running RAID 0 (for show recordings). They used 3 – Hauppauge WinTV PVR-500 dual tuner cards for standard reception and 4 DVICO Fusion HDTV5 USB Gold external HD tuners. Running on Windows XP Pro SP2 and BeyondTV 4, the Godzilla PVR came to life and was able to record on all 11 tuners at once. Amazing! Even more amazing is the fact that you can build this beast yourself for under $4300.





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  • lotusvball

    I am missing something. 3 dual tuners = 6 SD tuners and 4 fusion HD tuners = 4 HD tuners for a total of 10 tuners. I am missing the 11th tuner.

  • David Walker

    Sorry – I left out the PCI Express TV Tuner that was also in the box.

  • mlbdude

    They also have a single 550 based SD tuner in there.

  • lotusvball

    Thanks for the clearification.

    You should be able to do the same thing in SageTV. Infact I think there are a couple of people using 4 PVR 500 MCE with a Fusion HD on the Sage forum.

  • mlbdude

    lotusvball said: Thanks for the clearification.

    You should be able to do the same thing in SageTV. Infact I think there are a couple of people using 4 PVR 500 MCE with a Fusion HD on the Sage forum.

    Its nothing too unique to BTV, but I love how they document these experiments :).

  • Genius74

    Is 4 HD cards the limit? I love that fact that I could be able to record 11 feeds, but there’s no way I would want 7 in SD. Just speaking personally, not to step on any toes.. I only watch HD via OTA, and I’d love to capture all the channels in HD at once.

  • mlbdude

    I am pretty sure the limit of HD tuners will be only limited by your system (USB connections, PCI slots, hard drive bandwidth). At least it is for Sage and MythTV. I would assume the same is true for BTV.

    One advantage of SageTV and MythTV is that you can include network tuners from other PC’s on your network. So with that there really should be almost no limit :).