[mythtv-users] Freevo, Tivo & MythTV

Marco Nelissen marcone at xs4all.nl
Sat Nov 18 19:18:06 UTC 2006

>>I've figured it out.
>>Perhaps if everybody that uses MythTV gets exactly the same hardware,
>>we can optimize the code for that hardware like the tivo people do.
>>Honestly, if you've experienced 17 seconds to start up live TV, that
>>sounds like an issue outside of the MythTV world.
>Except that on the very same hardware, I can use mplayer to go to live
>TV in about 2 seconds. That puts the problem back in the mythtv-world
>I would say.

Just to be clear: 17 seconds was my absolute worst case for going to
live TV. This was right after launching mythtv, and without using
XvMC. If I use XvMC it's much better, and if I've already gone to
live TV once, it's even better. In those cases it takes around 6
seconds to go to live TV. I just measured my channel-change time
again and it's around 4 seconds most of the time (a few times it took
6 seconds), which is better than it used to be. Still not as good as
other apps or tivo, but somewhat bearable at least.
Hardware and software haven't changed, but I did recently run
'mythtranscode --rebuild', 'mythcommflag --rebuild' and the
optimize_mythdb.pl script from the contrib folder. Maybe one
of those had the side-effect of making channel-switches a little
faster? Something to try for the original poster.

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