[mythtv-users] Ideas for new MythTV Features

David Whyte david.whyte at gmail.com
Fri Dec 3 02:25:44 UTC 2004

I would love the ability to setup a 'stream' which each of the
frontends can hook into.  That way, if I have a party at my place and
am playing music videos, I can just tell each of the front ends to
hook into a stream being directed by frontend 'N', which users can
then use to modify the playlist etc.  The same effect could be gotten
by connected each display to the one frontend machine, but I think the
streaming idea is way cooler :P

On Thu, 2 Dec 2004 11:07:01 -0500, Joseph A. Caputo
<jcaputo1 at comcast.net> wrote:
> On Thursday 02 December 2004 10:05, Randy Winchester wrote:
> >
> > The first idea is about making MythNews more useful.  MythNews is a
> > great idea, but a lot of the content doesn't look that great rendered
> > in fonts too small to see on a television.  MythNews already grabs
> > the headlines for each of the items and displays them nicely.  Why
> > not have MythNews grab the rest of the article text as well?   The
> > display could use OSD routines to make it possible to read news and
> > watch tv / recordings at the same time, sort of like the news ticker
> > on CNN (although it might be preferable to scroll through a line or
> > two at a time, like CC).
> This is problematic in 2 respects... first, we really have no good way
> of parsing the article to determine what is the actual news article
> text and what is extraneous information (ads, other links, etc).  All
> MythNews gets is a URL for the article; it could be any site and they
> all have different formats, making this approach a rather futile
> endeavor.
> > If this is doable, then a next step might
> > be to better integrate MythWeb, similar to the WebTV "enhanced
> > television" browser that can extract URLs imbedded in the VBI.
> This is probably a better direction... right now MythNews actually uses
> the same engine as MythWeb, which is built around the KHTML/Konqueror
> rendering engine.  What is probably needed is a better embedded HTML
> rendering engine geared toward embedded devices or other
> non-traditional displays.  While this would be a really nice feature, I
> see it as being a bit far outside of Myth's core focus, so don't expect
> to see much development in this area real soon, unless someone decides
> to take long-term ownership of such a project.
> >
> > Another idea is for a playback scheduling module.  This is sort of
> > the reverse of a recording schedule.  It would set up a playlist that
> > could begin at a specified time and switch various MythTV functions
> > as requested, such as a sequence of recordings, videos, pictures and
> > music that would then play back unattended.
> Now this is going in the right direction... it's been suggested before
> that Myth should treat different types of media a bit more
> homogeneously.  I'd like to see a more universal view of my media and
> be able to mix 'n' match different media types in playlists and such.
> I'd put this in the category of
> "it-will-happen-eventually-but-it-might-be-a-while-as-there-are-more-pressing-issues-at-the-moment"
> > One more idea . . . the OSD and menu text is nice, so why not make it
> > available as a character generator / titler while editing recordings?
> > That would be very cool!  And if that can be done, the routines could
> > be reused in the playback scheduler as well.
> Again, I think this is stepping too far outside Myth's core focus
> (though others may disagree).  Myth's editing function is meant only
> for basic cutting; what you're proposing would be more like authoring,
> which is best left to a separate program on a dedicated PC with a
> keyboard and mouse.
> Just my $0.02.
> -JAC
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