[mythtv-users] Freevo, Tivo & MythTV

Marco Nelissen marcone at xs4all.nl
Sat Nov 18 04:48:17 UTC 2006

>Chris Ribe wrote:
>>>> The fact is that Myth couldn't do what it does if it had instant
>>>> channel changes,
>> For the record, put me in the "if you don';t like it, fix it" camp,
>> but this just isn't a true statement.  The OP 's complaint was based
>> on the fact that his TiVo does do instant channel changes, and it also
>> manages to let you rewind/pause/etc.
>> If one were to make Myth behave more like TiVo in this regard, TiVo's
>> workaround could probably be emulated.
>> When you change channels on a TiVo, you go into "real time" mode where
>> you are watching the stream directly from capture card.  You don't
>> play out from the buffer until after you hit pause or rewind for the
>> first time.  This way, that unavoidable 3 second pause takes place
>> while you have the system paused anyway.
>And Myth records from the beginning so that if you want, you can press R 
>and save the entire buffer and record the show from this point forward, 
>not losing anything of the movie you just started watching and want to 
>keep.  If the Tivo does as you say, it cannot do this.  It is all 
>trade-offs and choosing the system that works best for you. 

As I mentioned in a previous mail. What Chris described is NOT how tivo
works, and in fact you can start recording a little late and still get the
part that you just watched (though tivo's buffer is limited to 30 minutes,
so if you decide after 45 minutes that you really want to record the show,
the saved recording will be missing the first 15 minutes).

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