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I want something which I'm not sure is possible.

I would like to:

  1. Suppose I have 100 movies in one folder. I want to put all of them in playlist or in a loop, so that they keep running continuously on one channel.
  2. In another channel I would have only videos running continuously
  3. In another I would have only audio files in a loop

So that I have my own internal channels that I could watch on TV.

Is there any hardware that can do that?

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Hardware

For the hardware, there are many different "TV" cards on the market that can output video. Take a look at ATi and nVidia since these are two very popular brands (there are undoubtedly many others as well). Also be sure to look for VGA-to-TV conversion tools.

To output multiple channels at once though, you'll more likely want something like a "cable TV headend" unit that can take multiple inputs and push them out on a single coaxial TV cable (Cisco bought Scientific Atlanta many years ago -- Scientific Atlanta produced this "headend" equipment, so I guess Cisco probably does this now).

Software

I suggest you learn to do a little bit of shell scripting or Perl scripting (Perl would probably be better for this purpose) because then you can customize it to get it to work exactly the way you need it to. Your Perl script could read the list of files in that folder, and control your streaming application.

The VLC project provides excellent solution for this sort of thing, although I've only used it for recording from video cameras I've read that it can provide video server functionality as well (e.g., multicast RTSP, etc.); it should be able to send audio too (I assume because you wish to run a radio station also?):

  VLC / VideoLAN - Projects
  http://www.videolan.org/projects/

Both Perl and VLC are free and open source. There may be tools out there that can do what you need, but if I were doing this then I'd want to customize and own the source so that I could make it work exactly the way I need.

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+1 for suggesting VLC. :) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Mar 3 '11 at 18:09
    
Thanks! VLC is awesome. I just inserted two more paragraphs about hardware as well. –  Randolf Richardson Mar 3 '11 at 18:29
    
thanks for the info , but how can multiple channels go out from tv and through which port. i am confused with that part. also will apple tv do some help with that –  Moorage Mar 3 '11 at 19:12

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