[mythtv-users] Re: MythTV and streaming MPEG2 over UDP

Doug Scoular dscoular at cisco.com
Wed Dec 22 00:05:10 UTC 2004

Hi All,

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).
    I really don't think this is crazy at all. I mentioned
    this a while ago on this list. I love that VLC lets you
    transcode streams in real-time on the fly. This means that it's
    incredibly flexible. I use it to stream Myth recorded shows
    via my crappy 802.11b 11mbps network. The combination
    of VLC and Myth would be a fantastic step forward IMHO.

    The interaction between the frontend and backend could
    begin to embrace standards and interoperate with a whole
    slew of content producing/consuming devices.

    The combination of Myth + VLC + UPnP/Zeroconf would
    be a wonderful thing. In fact, there appears to have been
    some work done on this at:


    But I can never quite figure out how the cyber MediaGate
    actually fits together. Has anyone got it working ?

    Don't get me wrong, I love the Myth frontend/backend but the
    communications between the two could begin to
    move towards more standard based protocols.

    I suspect, however, that this may just be way too much
    work and there may be good reasons why Myth needs
    it's own bespoke protocol.


    Doug Scoular

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