[mythtv-users] MythTV review from a long-time TiVo user
cpartin at gmail.com
Tue Mar 1 15:34:50 UTC 2005
On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 02:42:42 -0800, Dan wolf <mboverload at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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I use a TiVo remote for myth. I built my own serial port IR receiver
for about $8, but this requires using the soldering iron and figuring
out an electrical diagram. I hadn't built any electrical devices
since 8th grade shop class and I was able to figure it out fairly
easily and have the receiver running in about an hour. There are good
Lirc does have an lirc.conf for TiVo remotes, building the receiver is
definitely the hardest part. I believe you can also purchase
pre-built receivers as well.
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