[mythtv-users] MediaMVP as front end

Trampas tstern at nc.rr.com
Mon Nov 6 20:24:02 UTC 2006

Thanks for the information. 

Using the windows software that came with the box it takes 10-30 seconds for
things to happen. I also tried GBPVR and it was unusable as that the lag was
so bad that clicking menus was near impossible. 

As far as MPEG 4, the latest windows software does the transcoding on the
windows box. This currently is the main use of the MediaMVP for me as that I
don't have cable and thus have a friend record Battlestar galatica for me.
Thus I put on PC and stream. The transcoding on the windows box is bad as
that the audio gets out of sync. Note I run on a 3800+ X2 box with 2G ram,
thus CPU should not be an issue. 

I am trying to get FC6 and Myth installed on another box as a backend and
use the MediaMVP as front end. If I can get it all working I was going to
give my friend a backend box to make it easier to record the shows like


-----Original Message-----
From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org
[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Brian Wood
Sent: Monday, November 06, 2006 3:11 PM
To: Discussion about mythtv
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] MediaMVP as front end

On Nov 6, 2006, at 1:02 PM, Tom Lichti wrote:

> Trampas wrote:
>> I have a MediaMVP and had few questions about using as frontend.
>> #1 I have used with windows box and OEM software, but the lag on the
>> user interface is bad is this a feature of the mediaMVP or is my  
>> network?
> You would have to define 'bad'. Mine is pretty good, the only slow  
> part
> is when you try to stop watching something, from what I've found,   
> anyway.
>> #2 Does the latest versions allow live TV viewing?
> I think so. I tried it once and it didnt' work, but I haven't tried to
> debug it, as it's not really a feature I need.

I use an MVP and it seems very responsive.

0.19 broke live TV on the MVPs, don't know if that was ever fixed, or  
how it might have changed with 0.20.

One other thing, at least when I set up my 0.19 system, was that the  
MVP could only play MPEG-2 files, thus rendering my Plextor units  
unusable, as Myth only supported mpeg-4 encoding with them.

The current MVPs claim to be able to play MPEG-4 files but I think  
they do this by transcoding to MPEG-2 at the (Windows) server end on  
the fly. This would explain the higher horsepower CPU requirements to  
watch mpeg-4 with the included Windows software.

But as was said, why would I want to watch live TV anyway?, I'd have  
to watch the commercials if I did :-)
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