[mythtv-users] OT: I'm streaming Netflix on my Linux box

Kevin Kuphal kkuphal at gmail.com
Wed Oct 8 18:20:13 UTC 2008

On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 8:01 PM, Matt Emmott <memmott at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 6:33 PM, jedi <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:
>> >
>> > XBMC, in my opinion, is a much better front end for audio & video than
>> Myth.
>> > The interface and usability are slicker and more usable than mythmusic
>> and
>> > mythvideo as far as I'm concerned. But yes, it does not add much more in
>> the
>>     Well, how exactly?
>>    We can corner some of the devs in a room and not let them leave
>> until they make some improvements... '-)
> First let me say that I'm in no way poo-pooing on any piece of Myth or its
> developers. The programmers have done a fantastic job with this product and
> I don't pretend to know the first thing about programming. Not to mention
> they do it for no money and the only thing I've ever put money towards other
> than hardware is a Schedules Direct subscription, andhave received a
> wonderful product in return.
> That being said, the look, feel and general UI of Mythmusic & Mythdvd are
> just terrible. XBMC looks nice, is very snappy and is (for the most part)
> pretty intuitive. It's still buggy, sure, but for the most part will throw
> any video format thrown at it, be it an ISO of a DVD, Xvid / Flash / Mkv /
> Quicktime / etc. On the audio side it plays all the happy formats you'd
> expect, offers a library option to index all your songs, will read iTunes
> DAAP data and playlists, and has some pretty nice fullscreen visualizations.
> Oh, and it downloads the album art / DVD covers for all your media on the
> fly without need for a third-party scraper.
> Obviously the XBMC folks have had a head start. Since, until recently,
> everything was developed for the same platform (the 733MHZ) Xbox, they could
> focus more on usability than compatibility. But I love the product and don't
> see myself using anything else for music / movies on the big screen for
> quite some time.

One thing to remember.  XBMC is not a PVR.  It does not record, just plays
back.  If you remove the PVR part of MythTV, you have MythVideo which stacks
up comparably.  Because MythVideo is an add-on to MythTV, not the core, you
can expect a little bit of difference in how they handle content.

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