[mythtv] Commercial replacement instead of skipping
myth at dermanouelian.com
Tue Feb 27 23:23:55 UTC 2007
On Feb 27, 2007, at 3:14 PM, Peter Schachte wrote:
> Brad DerManouelian wrote:
>> On Feb 27, 2007, at 1:00 PM, Hal Lightwood wrote:
>>> Hi Brad, thanks for the reply. Watching LiveTV with a 15 minute
>>> delay isn't too bad, but do you think we could alter commflag so
>>> that it could replace the commercials instead of skip them? If
>>> commflag takes alot of CPU we'll just make sure we have a very fast
>>> computer so it can do it quickly. What do you think?
>> I don't see the use case here. If you watch the program delayed
>> enough for the commflagger to do its job, there is no time to watch
>> something else. It just skips right to the next scene of your
> I think Hal's point is that by *replacing* commercials with some other
> equal-length programming while watching, and assuming the
> commflagger could run
> at real-time speed, you would be in a steady state. So you
> wouldn't have to be
> 8 minutes ahead for every 30 minutes of program, you'd just have to
> be far
> enough ahead for the commflagger's output to be available.
> Essentially, as I
> understand the OP, you'd just be watching slightly delayed from
> real time, and
> when a commercial came on, rather than skipping over it, myth would
> show some
> other programming until the commercial finished.
> Sounds like a good idea to me. It would make watching live TV much
> palatable if you could be watching some other recording during the
> But I don't think many myth users, and particularly myth
> developers, use live
> TV much, so I don't think anyone will be rushing to implement it.
> Hal, I would suggest adding this to the feature wishlist on the
> myth wiki.
> would be the most appropriate place.
I understand his intent, I just don't understand how it would even
possibly be implemented considering the fact that the comm flagger
takes into account both what it sees at the start and end of a
commercial break to determine if it's a valid commercial break. If
you run it real-time, there's no end yet, so it would never tell you
there is a commercial until it was over. Even if you could somehow
predict that your commercial start flag is valid without seeing the
end of the commercial, you'd then need a way to pick what to watch
while the commercial was playing. Seems like a whole lot of work just
to avoid not waiting a little while longer to watch your program.
I guess I'm just confused why people still insist on letting program
directors control their personal time. I don't even think about what
time programs are on any more. I just watch when I feel like it.
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