[mythtv] FM support

Bert Haverkamp bert at bertenselena.net
Tue Aug 22 10:47:52 UTC 2006

It sounds nice. I would love to see Radio support in Mythtv. But before
going into shoutcast, streaming and all,
a basic support of a single frontend with a gui would be good idea. There
was a mythfm plugin at one point (0.18 I think) that could be a starting
point. Recording of programs for podcasting is my main use for such a
plugin. Integration with the tv scheduling is  required I think, as both
radio and TV require the same tuner.

Go go go,


2006/8/15, Ben Klopfenstein <benklop at gmail.com>:
> Hello, this would be my first mail to this list;
> i have been thinking about how to make mythtv do more things lately, and i
> think i came up with a solution for providing FM support in a network
> transparent manner. i havnt looked over this list to see if there are
> other
> things in the works, but the wiki didnt mention anything for .20 anyway.
> The idea would be to have an icecast server running on the backend,
> available
> through a PHP or cgi page. this page would accept a Mhz number as an
> argument, tune the FM tuner to the specified station, and then either
> supplies the stream, or sends a forward to the address the icecast server
> is
> streaming from.
> for example, the URL could be of the form http://backend/tune.cgi?102.7
> this would tune the FM tuner to 102.7 FM and then either forward to
> http://backend:7888 (the icecast server is presumably running on that
> port)
> or stream the encoded audio itself. if no mhz argument is provided, the
> scirpt does not tune, but just provides the stream, thus allowing multiple
> frontends to listen without stepping on eachother.
> the stream could be tuned by any shoutcast capable player; mythstream for
> now,
> the new mythmusic support for streams could do it too. A script that runs
> once on the backend could autodetect channels (by stereo lock perhaps?)
> and
> add them to the DB for whatever front end plugin is avalable, mythstream
> for
> now, and perhaps mythmusic when it supports it.
> this way it is as easy as selecting the station from a menu to play it.
> shoutcast metadata could inform the listener of the MHZ of the station,
> and
> if the tuner and script supports it, the callsign from stations that
> broadcast that digitally. best of all, this is completely network enabled,
> so
> it could be played on any frontend, even multiple frontends at once.
> i may try to get this going, if school permits, it seems pretty
> straightforward to me.
> any thoughts?
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