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The PS3 as a PVR

Turn a PS3 into a PVR

So you've bought the most expensive video game console currently on the market, and installed Linux on it. Now what?

Well, how about turning your PS3 into a full-blown PVR? All you need is Linux, MythTV open_in_new, and a Plextor ConvertX PX-TV402U, a pretty nifty little box that has a TV tuner, a variety of video inputs for handling cable and satellite broadcasts, and support for MPEG-1/2/4 and DivX compression.

You'll need some Linux drivers for that PX-TV402U, and a couple of patches to help the driver work on the PS3.

The upside: you've got a PS3 running MythTV and serving as a complete PVR. The downside: if you want to make sure you never miss a recording, you have to keep your MythTV running all the time, meaning you can't play PS3 games.

And you could probably put together a cheaper DIY PVR to run MythTV if you really wanted to. But all that aside, color me impressed. --Bill Linder

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