[mythtv] Automated Sports Info Add-on?

David Carlson dletter at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 28 16:31:35 EDT 2003

Hi, I just subscribed, and I'm planning on converting a machine to a Myth system pretty soon.  Looks very cool, can't wait to try it out.
Since I am a C developer I've been thinking about add-ons as well, and I wanted to run one by the list and see if the idea's come up before, or if anyone is already working on something similar.
Basically I'm thinking of something that, if you pressed a certain button, it would make the TV screen 1/4 size in the upper left, add a menu to the upper right 1/4, and the bottom 1/2 would be a display area.
Then, based on parsing the information from the show title/description from the XML TV, if it can determine what you are watching is a sporting event, it will try to find data from some source (ESPN, yahoo, whatever) that you can pull up while you have the game still on in the corner.
So, for example, your watching a baseball game, and you hit the "info" or whatever button on the remote/keyboard, and it goes into this mode, with this in the upper right menu: 
- Starting Lineups
- Box Score
- Chicago Weather (home teams weather from MythWeather)
- Return to Full Screen Video
So, if you choose one of the options, you'd get that info in the bottom half of the screen.
Although this is being thought of with sports in mind, I could see it work with other things, in a general "informational" format. (e.g, watching something on the History Channel, and then based on the description being able to pull something up from an encyclopedia site automatically while watching it, etc).  Or if a catalog of shows to site info was done, it could bring up custom info (e.g., watching the Simpsons, and press the button and based on the description, would pull info from a Simpsons Episode Guide website).
Thoughts, comments, etc?

Dave Carlson

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