[mythtv] "New" Feature: RTSP streaming for myth backend

Joe Votour joevph at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 9 22:47:19 UTC 2006

--- Devan Lippman <devan.lippman at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 2/1/06, Devan Lippman <devan.lippman at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Similar to Thor's MFD it would be nice to have to
> ability for MythTV
> > to stream from the backend via RTSP. I'd like to
> implement this in
> > such a way that the stream could be adjusted
> (bitrate, etc) on the fly
> > before being sent out. I'll admit I know very
> little of how MythTV's
> > playback stream pieces together as it stands.
> There may be someone
> > better to take this one on but I consider myself a
> good C/C++
> > programmer and am willing to volunteer my time. If
> I were to go about
> > this I'd probably try the following order:
> >
> > - Initiate video stream of file from drive (based
> on Thor's MFD work;
> > liveMedia)
> > - Get transcoder to stream to the RTSP video
> streamer (based on mythtranscode)
> > - Fit it in to MythTV (??)
> >
> > I know I said I was going to peek at MythWeb music
> but this is really
> > something that keeps coming up for me and would be
> a benefit to
> > mythweb, along with the rest of MythTV if muticast
> can be provided.
> > Keeps MythTV ahead of the slingbox and TiVO too :)
> >
> > --
> > Thanks,
> > Devan Lippman <devan at lippman dot net>
> >
> There doesn't seem to be a lot of interest for this,
> is there
> something that I'm not seeing that might be standing
> in the way of
> this?  Wouldn't this be the prefered method for
> streaming live tv,
> etc?
> --
> Thanks,
> Devan Lippman <devan at lippman dot net>
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I think if mythbackend were an RTSP server, it would
be great.  At that point, any RTSP-compliant player
could be used as a minimal frontend.

However, having tried to develop an RTSP server
myself, I can testify to how much of a pain it really
is.  An RTSP server has to support a lot of
capabilities, and what's worse, many clients claim to
be RTSP capable, but they usually mean a specific
implementation of RTSP, which leaves us no better off
than having a proprietary standard.

-- Joe

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