[mythtv] Pushed android mediacodec support

Peter Bennett pb.mythtv at gmail.com
Sun Jul 29 21:28:59 UTC 2018

On 07/29/2018 04:04 PM, Michael wrote:
> On 07/29/2018 12:39 PM, Peter Bennett wrote:
>> On 07/29/2018 01:22 PM, Michael wrote:
>>> On 07/21/2018 12:34 PM, Peter Bennett wrote:
>>>> I have committed and pushed the android mediacodec changes. This 
>>>> provides hardware decoding for mythfrontend on android systems 
>>>> including android TV.
>>> This is really great.   I am many others really appreciate the work 
>>> you have done here.
>>> Are there plans to submit a package to the google store at some 
>>> point or even provide a location for regular updates or is the 
>>> expectation that people should compile their own?
>>> My instance which you gave me several weeks ago (20180620) has been 
>>> running well enough that it is now my primary frontend. I took out 
>>> my NVidia based frontend and retired it.
>>> Michael
>> It is still a work in progress. I am thinking of putting the package 
>> on a web site where it can be downloaded and installed. As far as 
>> google play is concerned, there is some disagreement on how to handle 
>> different versions, frontend has to be built for the same version as 
>> the backend. If people are running different versions of the backend 
>> how will they get the correct version of frontend if google play 
>> always supplies the latest version?
>> Peter
> Yeah, the versioning issue is unfortunate.   Having a 0.29 package and 
> a 0.30 package, etc all in the store would be a mess. Forcing people 
> to update the backend just because of the frontend also is a mess.  
> Its a shame the API isn't more transparent.
> Maybe at some point we just need a site where published versions could 
> be hosted and available for download.
Try this link
You will see one package listed there, latest one I just built.
Full URL: 
Supposedly you can just run a link on your android device and it can 
download and install for you if you have allowed installs from 
unauthorized locations. I don't know if or how that works. I can use 
this bintray site for distributing the packages eventually.
> If you have a few version that you think is stable, I am happy to test 
> and provide feedback, but i am also happy just running the version I 
> have for the time being.
See above
> Do you know how well the original firetv (not stick) works as a 
> frontend?   I have one of those sitting in the closet that I could 
> play with too.  But if it isn't good, then I will just buy another 
> shield for my bedroom tv.
I don't know. It would need a 32 bit package. It may have a version of 
android that is too old. The Mythfrontend package needs android 4.2 or 
> Thanks again.
> Michael

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