With VDR getting ready for HD-TV it seems that today the MPEG4 decoding
can only be done on a high end processor or an external decoder card.
Many people are still waiting for a FF DVB-S2 card but it doesn't look
very promising at the moment.
So I was wondering if it would be possible to use the on board video
decoder chips of the VIA EPIA boards like the VIA EPIA EX15000G
This board mounts a CX700M2 chipset which features MPEG2/4 hardware
decoding. It has DVI and Y/Pb/Pr video output as well as analog and
SPDIF audio (coaxial and optical). So that's everything we need, isn't it.
I know, currently the OpenChrome video driver doesn't support MPEG2/4
video decoding for the CX700M2 and there are probably other things
missing from the software support side. But from what I see, this or a
similar motherboard in combination with a budget DVB-S2 card have all
the hardware features that are needed to have HD-TV. So we actually have
the proper hardware platform *today* for a quite a low budget. So if all
the efforts go into driver and application development for such a
platform, there is no need to wait for FF DVB-S2 cards.
Or am I missing something here?
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