[mythtv-users] MythTV and streaming MPEG2 over UDP

Kevin Kuphal kuphal at dls.net
Tue Dec 21 20:47:06 UTC 2004

Steve Malenfant wrote:

>I think MythTV needs to change.  I think that the MythFrontend should
>go away.  Before everybody says I'm crazy, read why I'm saying this.
>1 - MythBackend works fine.
>2 - MythFrontend is the problem for most folks, HDTV not working,
>display issues, etc...
>3 - The Web Interface needs to be adapted to be used by external client.
>Videolan (VLC) uses MPEG-2 over IP.  It can use a SAP server to
>receive programming (I'm not sure to which extent).
>Amino (www.aminocom.com) have a device that can play MPEG-2 SD stream
>up to 9 mbits called the AmiNET100.  They now have one that can play
>HD streams and ouput component out at 720p and 1080i (must be capable
>of at least 15mbits)
>I have an AmiNET100 where I work and all this device need is a web
>page with link to rtsp content.  These type of device will be used for
>Video over DSL.
>These products are small, less expensive than a high end PC.  The
>backend to record and stream HDTV don't need to be that fast.
>If I could use my Windows machine with VLC to play out my HDTV content
>from MythTV, it would be much less complicated.
>I think that all the proprietary feature of MythTV will make the
>project sink.  It needs to add support for industry standard like
>Transport Stream over ethernet, etc...  MythTV could be a great
>backend for that.
>Here's what happened with my MythTV experience :
>- PVR250, that worked great... Imagine quality on my DLP 50" with that
>is not great, I don't even want to see it anymore.
>- HD3000... Can record no problem... I just can't get video out of the
>frontend.  Works OK in mplayer, doesn't in xine.  Too slow with XV,
>works half the time with XVMC.  Blue screen with the nvidia driver.
>(giving up here)
>- Bought the DVD Nvidia Codec for Windows XP, 15 mbits MPEG-2 HDTV
>uses 30% of CPU on my P4 2.4 Ghz with ATI Radeon 9700 Pro.  That's the
>best 20$ I ever invested in my computer.  Now I can watch recorded HD
>shows on my DLP with awesome results.  Only 1 problem, is that I can't
>rewind/fast forward.
>I appreciate all the work that being done.  I'm not smart enough to do
>my part in the development, but at least I can give ideas.
Nothing is stopping you from streaming your MPEG-2 content to other 
devices outside of MythTV despite being recorded with MythTV.  No one is 
forcing you to use the frontend to view content.  I happen to like the 
features of the box beyond just watching video content.  Can't do that 
with any of the devices you mention.


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