[mythtv-users] Integrating non-traditional program sources into MythTV (won't tell you what it 'was:')

Kevin Kuphal kkuphal at gmail.com
Mon Jul 21 21:29:18 UTC 2008

On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 3:25 PM, Jay R. Ashworth <jra at baylink.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 02:08:35PM -0500, Kevin Kuphal wrote:
> >    The thing is, Miro isn't TV.  It's "podcasts" which again can be
> handled by
> >    MythNews with some modifications.
> Miro may be a bad example for this, but I'll swing for the fences
> anyway...
> Let's suppose that I have a whole bunch of rules set up to catch and
> record programs by actors whose work I admire.
> Let's further suppose that some of these actors are political
> activists... Rob Lowe, for example.
> I'm sure you can understand why I would like, as a MythTV user and Miro
> watcher, to have my MythTV box be able *automatically* to catch any
> Miro program that might have, say, an appearance by Lowe on behalf of
> some (Democratic :-) candidate, and automatically record it.

Again, I think Miro is hampering the argument because Miro is a collection
of RSS feeds and not items broadcast at a specific time that need to be
"recorded".  Now, what you are proposing, however, has value in that you are
seeking something that care parse a wide range of RSS feeds looking for
keywords such as "Rob Lowe" and then downloading the resulting content form
those feeds.

I would venture that you can do a close proximity of this with existing
tools as well.  Sites like Yahoo Pipes offer services that can merge
multiple RSS feeds into a single feed that can also then be searched and
filtered.  There are other services that present search results as RSS
feeds.  Needless to say, once you settle on a tool that will scour the net
and present you a feed of results, the previous tools I mentioned (possibly
including MythNews) can consume that and get your content.

Until true "Internet broadcast" content which appears on a schedule and only
on a schedule shows up, I will continue to struggle to see any value in
direct integration with Myth short of dropping the resulting content into
Myth accessible folders for it to be viewed.

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