[mythtv] Is it possible to install mythtv to a PC without a TV card and use as a "client"

Christopher Mind mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Sat, 14 Dec 2002 02:39:37 +0000

I have done this with Windows XP recording via ATI TV Wonder Multimedia 
Center, I was able to connect to it with LInux running Xine and playing an 
Mpeg file saved on the same HD that ATI TV Wonder is recording to.  This was 
my PVR system before MythTV.  I accomplished the playback on the client 
machine without any frame drops on the Windows XP machine.  MyThTV doesnt 
have to encode decode If I can use the client PC to decode

>From: Randy Page <rpage@chiba.homeunix.net>
>Reply-To: mythtv-dev@snowman.net
>To: mythtv-dev@snowman.net
>Subject: Re: [mythtv] Is it possible to install mythtv to a PC without a TV 
>card and use as a "client"
>Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2002 18:57:23 -0700
>On Friday 13 December 2002 06:39 pm, Christopher Mind wrote:
> > In the mythtv settings.txt there is the directory setting for recording.
> > Can this be a \\SMB_Machine\Directory. ( I have a 100 mbit connection
> > between these two machines and use xine to playback mpeg from the other 
> > via the network connection with no lag)  The mysql database can be
> > recreated on this TV Tunerless machine using mysqldump.  Its main 
> > is to access the recordings and play back.  It would even be better if 
> > MythTV database can be accessed and modified from this "client" machine 
> > that you can do pretty much everything except record movies.  I know 
> > MythTV is headed in this general direction but if there is a way to do 
> > now, then it can tide us over until the mythtv release with the
> > server-client capability.  Thanks
>I don't think that this would work too well.  To my mind, the fact that 
>is encoding and then decoding even when watching live tv, and that hdd
>performance is such a large determining factor wrt performance leads me to
>believe that this wouldn't work very well.
>The client/server model (I'm assuming here) would be done in such a way 
>the encode/decode would be done on the server and then the output stream
>would be dumped out the socket to the client, with no hdd activity at all
>taking place on the client end, thus reducing the load on the client 
>(all it's doing is displaying the video stream right?).
>Course I could be right out to lunch though...... ;-).
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