[mythtv-users] XBox Media Center Question

Michael Tiller michael.tiller at gmail.com
Wed Dec 7 17:26:01 EST 2005

Just to be clear, I was not suggesting that MythTV and XMBC become one.  I
see them as quite different (XMBC doesn't record at all, right?). I just
think that as a viewer, XMBC is damn fine.

I guess the only point I'm trying to make is that I hope the people adding
Myth support for XMBC feel comfortable with the API for MythTV and that it
is stable enough that they can maintain this functionality.

P.S. - It is a damn shame that using XBMC isn't as simple as burning an ISO
and sticking it into the XBox.  That would be awesome.


On 12/7/05, Justin Hornsby <justin.hornsby2 at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> Michael Tiller wrote:
> > To be honest I have a hard time figuring out exactly what XMBC is doing
> > just by looking at the user interface.  It asks for the protocol version
> > but it also wants the video files to be mountable across an SMB
> > connection.  As far as I can tell, it isn't streaming anything (in the
> > mythtv://... sense) but I'm not familiar enough with the internals and
> > the protocol to really say for sure.
> >
> > I managed to watch recorded shows but never tried live TV (although it
> > did ask where my ring buffer was stored on an SMB filesystem).
> >
> > Based on my very limited experience with XMBC, it looks very
> > impressive.  It would be great if the two communities worked toward some
> > kind of integration.  With the XBox 360 out and prices on used XBoxs
> > falling, I would seriously consider an XBox over a MediaMVP.  The MVPs
> > are OK but their video quality and robustness are a bit of an issue.
> >
> > --
> > Mike
> The XBMC Python scripts for MythTV use MySQL to interrogate the database
> about recording names, channel IDs etc (so you see a pretty name for
> your recorded shows rather than just the bare filename).  The protocol
> information (AFAIK) is only used to determine that it's really a Mythtv
> backend it's connecting to, and that it's there.  As it relies on an SMB
> share to access the files, you can safely assume it's not talking to the
> backend the same way a genuine mythtv frontend would ;-)
> The rest of what the scripts do is basically talking to the XBMC API
> (what there is of it) and telling it what files to play.
> As for XBMC & Mythtv becoming integrated, even to a small extent - I
> think maybe hell will freeze over first, seen as XBMC needs to be
> compiled using 'borrowed' Microsoft development tools.  That said, work
> has been going on for a considerable amount of time, on a _true_ open
> source development kit.  How work on that will continue to progress now
> attention has shifted towards the Xbox360, is anybody's guess.
> Regards,
> Justin
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