[mythtv-users] Silent HDTV Front End

Mudit Wahal mwahal at gmail.com
Thu Jun 30 18:47:31 UTC 2005


Yes, I was thinking about some RF remote to change channels. But that
will add another clutter to numerous remotes already lying on the

Also, changing channels is *quite expensive* in terms of time on HDTV.
Its not instantenous. The backend (DVB driver) takes time to tune and
then the ring buffer file starts to fill up slowly. Even on the
frontend/backend combo, channel surfing on HDTV is quite slow. The
backend + remote frontend combo channel surfing will add another layer
of  delay.

But yesterday I scored some valuable WAF points :-) The semifinals of
Dancing with stars on ABC was about to start at 9pm. Just 1 min before
start, she got a call from a friend. So, I casually turned on the LP2,
switched to liveTV mode and pressed the pause button :-)
I could have gone to the mythweb and start recording the show. But I
just want to score more points by using LP2 in live TV :-) She chatted
for 1/2 hour and the TV was paused for her :-) [Well, technically not
paused, as I was doing some forward/backward etc so that the  liveTV
mode doesnt time out, this is my live TV code issue and not
necessarily LP2 problem]

May be I'll start a blog somewhere and add the source code etc
required to make LP2 do these neat tricks :-)


On 6/30/05, john sturgeon <john.sturgeon at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 6/30/05, Mudit Wahal <mwahal at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Rob,
> >
> > [I sound like a broken record and probably an advertisement for Link
> > Player now :-)]
> >
> > If you are willing to consider a non-PC (which will not run
> > mythfrontend), but still acess you r programs etc from the backend,
> > then also consider IOData AVeL Link Player 2. But if you want to use
> > mythfrontend, then you have to goto comwell route.
> >
> > Search for IOData and Link Player 2  in the archives.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Mudit
> > p.s.: for those interested in my progress on LP2, I'm watching liveTV
> > on my LP2 now. Working on changing channels, may have to do it via a
> > URL since no key presses from remote is passed to the server running
> > on the backend.
> >
> >
> > On 6/30/05, Robert S. Kerr <rskerr at dsbox.com> wrote:
> > > Googling around on the web the other day I stumbled across this page
> > > http://mythhd.info/ that describes a silent HDTV capable front end for
> > > MythTV.
> > >
> > > It uses the COMMELL LV-660 Mini-ITX board with a VT1625 encoder (for
> > > HDTV YPbPr output).  I was curious if anyone has used this
> > > configuration, and how successful they've been with it.  Does it do a
> > > good job, stable rendering, etc?
> > >
> > > All the other HDTV discussions I've seen involve insanely new CPUs that
> > > require big fans and lots of noise.
> > >
> > > Thx,
> > >
> > > Rob
> Mudit,
> You took the words out of my mouth.. I was just about to post raving
> the LinkPlayer 2.  One thing you might want to do for remote channel
> changing is use an IR -> UHF -> IR extender and drop an IR receiver on
> your backend.
> --
> John <><

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