[mythtv] Pushed android mediacodec support

David Engel david at istwok.net
Tue Jul 31 04:41:01 UTC 2018

On Sun, Jul 29, 2018 at 05:28:59PM -0400, Peter Bennett wrote:
> On 07/29/2018 04:04 PM, Michael wrote:
> > 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
> later.

Peter, was this in response to direct reply to you.  I never saw the

Michael, I dug my old, first generation, Fire TV out of the closet.
Much to my amazement, it actually works fairly well with MythTV.  The
UI is responsive.  720p playback is downright good.  1080i playback is
okay -- the deinterlacing is so so and there is some jitter that comes
and goes when viewing a news ticker.  4k doesn't seem to work at all
-- the device probably doesn't have enough RAM and can't output it

All in all, the Fire Tv is a worhty competitor to the Amlogic S912
system with 32-bit Android(*) that I occasionally test on.  In fact,
there's a good chance it will replace the S912 as my default, 32-bit,
test system.

(*)The chip is actually 64-bit, but the only current ROM that I know
of is a third-party one and is 32-bit.

David Engel
david at istwok.net

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