[mythtv-users] MythTV review from a long-time TiVo user

Dan wolf mboverload at gmail.com
Mon Feb 28 10:42:42 UTC 2005

If you have the right receiver, I don't see how using your old TiVo
controller couldn't be done.

I'm not the person to ask how to do this however =)

On Sun, 27 Feb 2005 11:08:29 -0500, Ben Giddings
<bg-mythtv at infofiend.com> wrote:
> On Feb 26, 2005, at 18:29, Donavan Stanley wrote:
> >> Hitting the TiVo button from anywhere in the UI will bring you
> >> back to the main menu.  In Myth, I don't think you can do this.
> >
> > Myth goes a lot further than that.  Check out the jump points you can
> > bind remote presses to. (again in mythweb)  You can jump to any area
> > within myth via a single remote press.
> >
> >> Although I mapped the "Go/Home" button on my Silver Hauppauge remote
> >> to
> >> go to the TV recordings screen, it didn't work when I was in a setup
> >> screen.
> >
> > That's because you need to explictly accept or reject settings.
> Right, well I personally think it would be more useful if a jump point
> keybinding would always work.  If you were in the middle of changing a
> setting it would abandon the change and go.  But that's just a personal
> opinion.
> >> Finally, it was nice to be able to decide for myself what the
> >> remote buttons did, but the means of doing that was really awful.  I
> >> either had to use the web interface to change the key bindings, or I
> >> had to use MySQL.  Then I had to edit the lircrc text file to map
> >> remote control keypresses to keyboard keys.  Ugh.
> >
> > Yep it could be a lot more user friendly, however it's a pain you only
> > have to go trhough once.
> True enough, "once" is relative.  I've been fiddling with it for a
> couple of days, and I'm still not done.  Aside from that, as you use
> Myth more often, you might decide you use certain features more than
> others, and might want to have a keybinding for them, or you might
> install a new module and want a hotkey for it.  Of all the things I
> mentioned, I really think better remote control integration is the
> feature I'd say is most lacking.
> > Sound is useful, however doing UI beeps and the like gets fairly
> > compilcated if your audio hardware doesn't support multiple opens.
> Hmm, I don't know anything about the hardware limitations, but maybe it
> could be an optional feature.  OTOH, the visual "checkmarks" when you
> choose something could probably be added.  Anyhow, I don't think this
> is nearly as big a deal as the other things, especially because the UI
> is so much more responsive.
> >> Another minor thing I miss from my TiVo is the "screensaver".  If you
> >> didn't hit a button for a while on the TiVo it would by default go
> >> back
> >> to monitoring Live TV after a while.
> >
> > Myth will allow your existing screensaver to kick in as needed,
> > provided you have one of course.
> Yeah, I know, but it would be cool there were some kind of integrated
> screensaver/dashboard type functionality, so if you left Myth alone,
> you'd still be in Myth, but you wouldn't have to worry about burn-in.
> The TiVo implementation of this is to always go to Live TV if you don't
> hit a key for about 15 minutes, but there are some flaws with this
> approach.  Anyhow, it's a "wish list" type feature.  Burn-in can be
> prevented with your system screensaver.
> >> Finally, the only other thing I can think of that I really miss from
> >> my
> >> TiVo is the red light that tells me it's recording.  It's nice to have
> >> some easy reassurance that your favourite show is really being
> >> recorded.  I know that Myth isn't quite as flexible because this is a
> >> hardware thing, but some quick confirmation it's recording would be
> >> really handy.
> >
> > Well, there's always the recordings screen and the system status
> > screen.  However if you search the archives you can find info on how
> > to build hardware to add LEDs for recording status.
> That's cool.  I didn't know that.  I may go do that when I've got some
> of the other issues sorted out.
> Ben
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