[mythtv] Brainstorming a new idea for the program guide

Jay Merrifield fracmak at gmail.com
Mon Sep 21 21:22:23 UTC 2009

Actually, after reading a bit more, it seems like a good chunk of #2 has
been implemented already in the new mythui, banner art supplied by Jamu. So
this change would most likely be a lot simpler. I'd just be changing the
program guide and the drawer for the channel rows to look for and place the
banner art on the screen.


On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 4:45 PM, Jay Merrifield <fracmak at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey, was reading up on the new Rovi player and their Liquid program guide
> and thought it would be really cool to integrate some of the ideas into the
> myth program guide and just wanted to run a few ideas past the developers
> before I really dug my teeth in to adding the functionality.
> The general idea is illustrated here:
> http://www.engadgethd.com/photos/rovis-liquid-guide/2145685/
> The first version of the code would essentually be adding a banner to the
> epg. What I was thinking of doing is when mythfilldatabase runs, it would
> also run ttvdb.pl to grab the url of a banner for all tv programs (and
> eventually movies). It would download that banner locally to a similar
> location to the channel icons. A new db column on the program table would
> have a path to the banner. Then when the EPG is being rendered, if the
> option is turned on to display banners, whatever row you're on, would
> essentually double in size to make room for the banner art. So if you used
> to show 4 rows in the EPG, you'd show 3, with one being double sized. We'd
> then display the banner below the text, sized appropriately for the
> height/width of the timeslot.
> The second version would expand the banner to be used on the schedule page
> and other places that seem appropriate. Eventually making it to a new view
> of the recordings page so you can pick your shows by banner.
> Any thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?
> Jay
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