[mythtv] More things about IPTV...

Robert Johnston anaerin at gmail.com
Sat Jan 14 22:04:58 UTC 2006

And after even more digging, I've found that Cisco IP/TV (Along with
just about every other kind) uses SAP Discovery to announce the
Streams/Channels available, uses HTML & JavaScript to drive the
interface and provide EPG/OSD information, and the video streams
themselves are provided as RTSP MPEG2 Streams (Though some places are
looking at switching to MPEG4 or H.264)

As we've already got ffMPEG, we can decode MPEG4 and H.264 (Though
I've not seen reports of anyone deploying that as of yet).

Also, which is more encouraging, many people have had sucess with
using VLC to recieve the service information and playback IPTV
streams. So all we'd need to do is "Borrow" the SAP and RTSP code from
vlc and put it into Myth as another tuner type. And if you want/need
to set up something to test the system, you can use VLC or VLS to
create your own little private IPTV station.

Am I just spinning my wheels here? Is anyone else interested in this?
Should I try and learn C/C++ just to code this for myself?

I realise that this is pretty close to the release date for 0.20, but
could someone at least say "I've heard you", and "I'm considering it".

It'd make it a lot easier for those who have had their provider switch
to IPTV (Or those who are already using it, like HomeChoice, FastWeb,
and SaskTel). And personally, I find the idea of having to go from
Digital, to Analogue, to Digital (Losing HDTV and all the other great
stuff on route) absolutely abhorrent.

Just my $0.02 (Canadian)
Robert "Anaerin" Johnston

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