[mythtv] Next Scheduler Patch

Bruce Markey bjm at lvcm.com
Tue Mar 2 19:09:52 EST 2004

Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> Alternatively, things could be improved such that the data in the ringbuffer
> isn't lost this way (either by allowing the user to finish watching, or
> converting it into a recording).  Folk seem to want this for other reasons
> anyway.

Matt, I always knew you were a smart guy =). The fact that the
ringbuffer is lost is the real underlying problem but no one
ever frames the question that way. What peeves people is that
they lose the time shifted portion when a recording starts and
therefore whine about the recording. Watching the rest of the
ringbuffer AND getting the scheduled recording would be the best
of both worlds.

Also, the other issue you mention of saving the recorded portion
from live is often requested. If the file header of the ringbuffer
is compatible with a recorded file, it could be as easy as renaming
the ringbuffer file to the chanid and times from the proginfo and
adding it to the recorded list.
> The correct solution, as far as I'm concerned, is to avoid watching live TV
> at all. :-)

100% agree. I think of live TV as A/V test mode. Other than
that, I think of using live TV to preserve channel surfing
habits as sort of 'training wheels' for new DVR users. Once
someone 'gets it' they realize that they can schedule all of
the shows they might like to watch. When they turn the TV on,
they can choose from any of the shows they think are 'good'
rather than channel surfing hoping to find something 'good' on.

When designing a bicycle, the training wheels should be sturdy,
practical, and well designed but Lance Armstrong will never use
them. I like to think of MythTV as a Tour de France DVR with
on-going improvements to the training wheels ;-).

--  bjm

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