[mythtv-users] Advice on media players

belcampo belcampo at zonnet.nl
Thu Dec 3 16:24:32 UTC 2009

Michael Tiller wrote:
> I have a MythTV system (MythBuntu 9.10) that is the hub of my media 
> network.  My in-laws live with us and they currently use a MediaMVP to 
> access their programs.  However, we are getting them an HDTV and so we 
> want to have an HD capable media player to go with it
> My wife and I have a Popcorn Hour in our room and it basically works.  
> Not exactly the most polished piece of hardware but at least it has the 
> necessary codecs, etc.  By the way, in case anybody is interested I 
> wrote my own custom web app to provide a crude MythTV interface to the 
> Popcorn Hour.  Only supports playback and deletion, but that is all we 
> needed.  You can find the source code here 
> <http://github.com/mtiller/MythPCH>.
Downloaded it, followed the instructions, FYI __init__.py is zero byte 
file, but running ./controller.py as user mythtv or as root gives me:
Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "./controller.py", line 209, in <module>
   File "./controller.py", line 204, in main
     root = Root()
   File "./controller.py", line 61, in __init__
   File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/MySQLdb/__init__.py", line 75, 
in Connect
     return Connection(*args, **kwargs)
   File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/MySQLdb/connections.py", line 
164, in __init__
     super(Connection, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs2)
_mysql_exceptions.OperationalError: (2005, "Unknown MySQL server host 
'<mm>' (1)")
It says unknown server host mm
mysql.txt reads:
# By default, Myth tries to ping the DB host to see if it exists.
# If your DB host or network doesn't accept pings, set this to no:
and my prompt reads
[mythtv at mm MythPCH]$
So what am I doing/ could I've been doing wrong ?
I also tried localhost and the local IP number.
> Back to the topic at hand.  I'm not exactly doing backflips over the 
> popcorn hour so I'm open to other possibilities.  My requirements are:
>    1. HD output (their TV is going to be 720p).
>    2. Must be able to handle playback of both MPEG2 and whatever format
>       the HD-PVR spits out (H.264 I assume).
>    3. Must be able to connect and playback MythTV recordings on the network.
>    4. Must be consumer friendly.  The more "out of the box" the better. 
>       Although a "hacker" solution is fine for me, it has to be push
>       button simple for them (and reliable).
> I'm not looking for high end.  Just whatever can do these things and is 
> reasonably cheap but reliable.
> The PCH fits the bill on all of the above.  I'm just wondering if there 
> is anything else I should be looking at.  For example, Newegg has this 
> combination Blu-ray/DLNA player 
> <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16882005044> for 
> $169.99.  I doubt my in-laws would use the Blu-ray much and I'd be 
> concerned that the DLNA support wouldn't provide seamless MythTV 
> integration but nevertheless it is interesting because of the range of 
> capabilities.
> So is the PCH the best HD MythTV player out there or is there something 
> better (and by that I mean mostly cheaper :-).
> Thanks.
> P.S. - Just noticed that A-110's are out of stock at popcornhour.com 
> <http://popcornhour.com>.  Doh!  Anybody know where else they can be had?
> --
> Mike
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