[mythtv-users] Myth box questions

Nathan Widmyer lighthousej at gmail.com
Sat Jul 30 20:27:13 EDT 2005


I'm new to the mailing list but I've been interested in building a box for a 
while now. I've tried to search the list if this has been brought up before 
but I couldn't find any mention of it.

I'm currently thinking about what I want to put in my box but I have one 
question. I want the box to be headless, and so I can use and operate it all 
remotely. I saw that you can bring up the program listings via a web browser 
but that's half of what I want. Is there a way that I can view recordings 
and live TV remotely too, like in a VideoLAN window? My idea for how to get 
this to work is to specify a starting port (any convenient port) on the box 
to play video on, ports at that number or the next available sequential port 
can be used. When I want to watch a movie or live TV, I can go to the web 
browser where it has live TV listings or a list of recordings, click play on 
what I want and it streams the video over the first available port. A bigger 
feature of this is that it lets some people play different things (by mixing 
live TV or recordings) simultaneously. Perhaps John can watch TV on tuner 1, 
a recording can be occuring on tuner 2 with the option of someone watching 
the recording as it happens, Billy can watch a different recorded show, 
etc... Maybe other ports play other things like a port to display weather or 
to display information from installed modules. As for playing, you can also 
have the option of delaying a playback of a recording for a couple minutes 
for some reason, maybe you can display a "this show will start in 1 minute, 
37 seconds." to indicate the show is about to begin, maybe the latest news 
headlines or whatever.

Again, I hope this hasn't been asked before so I don't repeat a common 
question. DVD's and videos are much more convenient for me to watch in a 
window on my desktop while I work on a PC than it is to watch on a 
TV/monitor plugged into the box itself. Thanks for your time, Nathan.
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