[mythtv-users] Freevo, Tivo & MythTV

Marco Nelissen marcone at xs4all.nl
Sat Nov 18 04:50:14 UTC 2006

>Marco Nelissen wrote:
>>> On 11/17/06, Marco Nelissen <marcone at xs4all.nl> wrote:
>>>>> On 11/17/06, Viitasaari <public at viitasaari.ca> wrote:
>>>>>> <snip>
>>>>>> After actually using it I realized that it takes 2-3 seconds of garbled
>>>>>> presentation for a channel change.
>>>>>> I have since spent some time reading message boards, FAQ's and
>>>>>> documentation on MythTV and apparently this is a common quirk which the
>>>>>> majority of MythTV users don't even notice because they do scheduling &
>>>>>> recording as opposed to watching LiveTV.
>>>>>> <snip>
>>>>>> MythTV does it but the channel
>>>>>> changing problem really showcases how MythTV is not there yet.
>>>>>> Now, I would love to help fix the problem as long as everyone can agree
>>>>>> that it is a serious one.
>>>>> This delay is due to MythTV buffering the recording.  If it didn't do
>>>>> this, you wouldn't be able to rewind your programming.
>>>> No, it's not, and yes, it could.
>>> Uh, yeah it is.  You know, if you don't want to record your
>>> programming, you could set up XAWTV as a menu item.
>> I want to record my programs (or at least buffer my live TV), AND have
>> channel changes be fast. Impossible? No. Tivo does it.
>Assuming the other poster's information is correct, it has been said 
>that Tivo will consume both tuners to achieve this by recording the 
>channel you are on and the one you are watching.

That is not how tivo works though. In fact many (most?) tivos don't
even have 2 tuners. Tivo is just faster at switching channels.
Or rather I should say: mythtv is just slower at changing channels,
for unknown reasons.

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