[mythtv-users] XM Radio Functionality in Myth

Bret Schuhmacher bschuhmacher at workbrain.com
Tue Jan 10 15:47:44 UTC 2006

The article that mentioned XM stopped selling their USB product also
mentioned another article, which led me here:

They sell cables, etc:
XM Direct/Commander Interface Cable

Hybrid has developed an interace solution for the demise of the XM PCR.
With this cable and our software you will once again be able listen to
XM satellite radio in your home or in your car using the included Hybrid
eXeM software and interface along with the XM Direct/Commander. This
solution will work natively with Timetrax version 2.5 and Hybrid eXeM.
All other existing XM PCR software will work with this solution in
combination with our loader software. An SDK is available for developers
that want to provide XM Radio within their applications.
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-----Original Message-----
From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org
[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Steve Adeff
Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 10:27 AM
To: mythtv-users at mythtv.org
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] XM Radio Functionality in Myth

On Tuesday 10 January 2006 10:18, Meatwad wrote:
> Matt wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> >    I did a little searching, but never found any real discussion on 
> > integrating XM (or other satellite radio) into MythTV.  Are any of 
> > the developers interested in this?  I bring it up because over 
> > Christmas, my family and I subscribed to XM radio.  While I can hook

> > it directly to my stereo, I'd love to be able to use it directly in
> >
> > I have to admit, I didn't come up with the idea.  I was walking 
> > through Best Buy yesterday and I saw the Windows XP Media Center 
> > display.  However, one of the employees was listening to and 
> > changing XM channels on it.  So, I went home and found this:
> >
> > http://www.xmradio.com/newsroom/screen/pr_2005_ces_microsoft.html
> >
> > Basically it appears that there's a plugin in Windows MCE that acts 
> > as a frontend wrapper around "XM Radio Online" which allows XM 
> > subscribers to stream music over the net.  What's nice about it is 
> > the way it presents the information to the user.
> >
> > I think SageTV also has a sirrius and XM plugin as well.
> >
> > Either way, I just wanted to see if anyone besides me would be 
> > interested in such a plugin!
> I was thinking about this as well but from a hardware perspective. The

> Polk XRt12 XM radio tuner can be used just as we currently use Direct 
> TV receivers - with some bonuses. First, the digital out of the Polk 
> could be routed to your soundcard's digital input which maintains the 
> all-digital path to the harddrive. Secondly, the RS-232 port on the 
> back is bi-directional. While discrete commands be issued by the 
> plugin to the receiver, the receiver can provide the plugin with 
> metadata such as "what's playing now."
> I would suspect that for such a plugin to actually be released with 
> mythtv, certain conditions would need to be met such as a reliable 
> program data source for the XM content so that the recordings could be

> handled by the existing scheduler framework. I recall Isaac 
> disallowing the MythFM plugin from releases because it did not meet
this requirement.
> At this point an FM tuner could be adapted with relative ease, 
> assuming reliable program data sources were available for the desired 
> stations of course.

along with what James Oltman posted (which looks like a sweet little

XM Full channel listing, with per-channel schedule links, easily

Sirius has a similar set up on their web page but theres no good
homepage for their schedule listing, so while a little more difficult to
scrape, its possible none the less.

who, if theres a good MythTV plugin for satelite radio, might actuall
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