[mythtv-users] XBMC port to Linux and Mythtv

Matt Emmott memmott at gmail.com
Wed Aug 22 13:58:56 UTC 2007

A third for how much better the XBMC is for music and videos. I use Myth for
recording TV, but I export my shows to a Linux server as MPGs or AVIs and
watch them on the XBMC. The interface is just much slicker and more fluid.
If there were a way to mash the two together it would be awesome.

On 8/22/07, Anthony Giggins <seven at seven.dorksville.net> wrote:
> Yeah I agree, the XBMC Gui is far superior to the Mythtv Frontend if this
> became the sudo mythtv frontend this would be a big step forward for both
> platforms, the main reasons for the port is the lack of High Def support
> on
> Xbox and to further increase the user/dev base for XBMC.
> On 8/22/07, Phill Edwards <philledwards at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > With this great news I hope this further integrates mythtv and XBMC :)
> > >
> > > http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/wiki/index.php?title=Linux_port_project
> >
> > I'm not sure how it would be better than a mythfrontend. The main
> > value I see in this at the moment is that booting linux on an Xbox
> > takes a long time and it runs slowly, whereas the XBMC solution turns
> > an Xbox into a fast booting/performing frontend to access and play
> > MythTV recordings. But if you're going to have to boot up linux anyway
> > the whole boot time problem is still there so you may as well go with
> > mythfrontend.
> IMO (and I'm sure it's shared) XBMC is FAR superior for playing back
> videos and music.  It has an easy enqueue/playlist building/saving
> mechanism and is a "front end only" solution.  It allows you to play
> files off a network but also will:
> -find local files
> -publish those files using uPnP
> -find any other XBMC's on the network (or other uPnP servers) and make
> their contents browsable.
> This means that while you can store everything on a backend network
> share it also works just as well finding content on different XBMCs.
> This is something mythtv sorely lacks.  My biggest complaint about
> Myth is that it's still not sure what's the backend and what's the
> frontend.  Mythvideo "run" on the frontend, but the video list is
> shared onto the backend.  The same is true with mythmusic.
> In a perfect world myth frontends would only connect on a single port
> to the mythbackend, and wouldn't need NFS/mysql/etc.  In a
> super-perfect world, mythbackend would be a uPnP server with either
> myth-specific extensions for liveTV and scheduling or by using a
> second "control" port to speak a myth specific protocol (I know work
> is ongoing for uPnP).
> I LOVE mythtv, and know that it's a labor of love and sweat, so don't
> mean this as random bashing, but the overall systems architecture of
> myth has seemingly evolved and never set down and designed.
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