[mythtv-users] Daddy, what's a commercial

Jake Thompson jake at jakethompson.com
Thu Jan 11 17:18:55 UTC 2007

Well, I am a parent and I am a developer, well 2 out of 3 ain't bad.

Seriously though, it would be nice to start gathering some "kid friendly"
requirements, I would love to see where it goes.

I have used myth quite a bit, but I am not too up to date with their
development process, is there a mechanism they have put in place for
gathering ideas/requirments like this?

On 1/11/07, Brad DerManouelian <myth at dermanouelian.com> wrote:
> On Jan 11, 2007, at 7:58 AM, Mark J. Small wrote:
> > On Thursday 11 January 2007 11:05, Jake Thompson wrote:
> >> I have to second this.  My children 5 and 3, have no concept of
> >> commercials
> >> at all.  We have had Tivo and ny MythTV since they were born.
> >> They seldom
> >> (once a month or less) watch commercials and get very frustrated
> >> when they
> >> are on.  Add this to satelite radio in the car and they have zero
> >> concept
> >> of commecials.  While this may be a negative for the advertizing
> >> companies,
> >> it is a positive as a parent.  My children only see what I feel is
> >> appropriate and they do not see "super destructo man" in
> >> commercials.  I
> >> was raised on violent TV and targeted advertizing, I am not saying
> >> it is
> >> bad and it has not turned me into a bad person, but I do feel that
> >> giving
> >> kids a chance to not grow up with this crap is a good thing.
> >>
> >> Maybe in the future my contribution to MythTV will to expand on
> >> the kid
> >> friendlyness, perhaps a new theam, and maybe something along the
> >> lines of
> >> what has been done with Tivo and KidsZone.
> >>
> >> -Jake
> I would love a new kid-friendly theme. My 9 year old can navigate the
> system, but she would much rather just be presented with programs
> that she wants to watch in her recording group (her most common task)
> with the option of viewing her videos in MythVideo and her music
> playlists. She has no interest in archiving to DVD, scheduling
> programs, getting System Info, etc.
> MythTV would do well with user logins. Since it already stores
> multiple front-end preferences, it isn't a far stretch to store
> multiple user preferences per front-end. MythWelcome could
> authenticate you and launch the theme associated with the user
> complete with limited menus and all.
> Unfortunately, I don't know many developers with young children AND
> that much time for such an implementation. :)
> -Brad
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