[mythtv] Listings concept idea

Chris Ribe chrisribe at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 15:10:43 UTC 2007

> Why in the world would we want to download every listing for every channel
> available.  What a huge waste of bandwidth that is!  99.9% of those
> downloads go completely wasted.  Personally I don't use Myth to watch live
> TV though I know some people do.  Even so, I don't care what's on 90% of the
> channels, and I don't care what's on any channel 90% of the time.  What I do
> want is for my chosen programs to record.
> For instance, say I have scheduled 15 series to record on various repeat
> cycles.  Why would I not download just the upcoming listings for those
> programs automatically?  For someone browsing the listings, the on-screen
> listings display would download listings from the Internet as you browse it,
> just like your digital cable box does.  It could cache that data as you view
> it.  Each night the auto-updates would run a search for each title you've
> scheduled to record and update those listings in the database individually.
> For a web scraper, it would reduce the number of downloads which would
> greatly reduce the impact on the web host.  For an XML service replacement
> for Zap2it, it reduces the host bandwidth needs and the worst case scenario
> is a slight delay when viewing the scheduler for all channels.

Without getting into the specific complexities of this idea, let me just
echo the first reply:  while this idea might conserve bandwidth, it could
only do so at the expense of other resources like server side computing
power and programmer time.

The effort it would take to implement such a system would vastly outweigh
the potential benefits.

TV/IT Engineer
WCJB-TV Gainesville, FL
(352) 377 2020 x248
cribe at wcjb.com
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