But is the d2plug actually capable of playing back your recorded video files?
I am curious to know if the d2plugs graphics hardware can playback hd ATSC files. For $90 you can buy a dual core amd e-350 motherboard that has onboard AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics which can do perfect blu-ray playback....now this will use more power than the d2plug but I think it will have more cu / gpu muscle.
Can you please copy an hd file onto a usb stick and report back if the d2plug can play it back without problems? Thanks
Actually, An e-350 under Linux (fglrx) has trouble playing a 25 gig blu-ray rip (Avatar) without artifacting. It works, but doesn't look great. I put an Nvidia 430 in mine. Now it works great.
You can transcode the 25 gig files down to about 3 gigs (I'm using presets for the Roku, still 1920x1080, but much more manageable bit-rate and you'd probably be able to play it on a stock e-350 with Linux without the Nvidia.
The Roku can't quite keep up with a 25Gig file, but plays the 3Gig files just great. I haven't looked, but if the d2plug is using a chip similar to the Roku, you'd probably have similar results. Roku uses Broadcom bcm2835, d2plug uses Marvell pxa510.
I'm waiting patiently to get my hands on a couple of Raspberry-Pi's. They're pretty much using the same chip as the Roku. I'm sure we'll be able to port Xbmc to the Raspberry. That'll be an amazing little machine.