[mythtv-users] Any FE to Many PCs - LAN Content Simulcasts with VLC Multicasting

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Sat Dec 12 23:13:35 UTC 2009

Tortise wrote:
> <snip>

You've got several options.

1. Stick with existing modulators.  I don't understand the heartache
with this one.  Just choose a 4:3 theme, plug the modulator into the
svideo output of the frontend, and into the coaxial bus of the house. 
Sure, you're stuck with SD video everywhere, but everything is done
automatically.  It's pretty hard to fail to pull this one off.

2. Use a ZvBox.  Effectively the same thing as above, but as a 720p ATSC
modulator.  Quite a bit more expensive per channel, but much cheaper
than commercial products that do the same thing.  Any HDTV should have a
compatible tuner, and anything else you can pick up a cheap $40 box to
do so.

3. Write some code (MythTV code).  If you want to continue with VLC and
multicasting, then this discussion has no place on the MythTV mailing
list, it should be on a VLC one.  Take a look into LinuxMCE.  It's based
off an old version of MythTV, and has a feature where playback follows a
bluetooth dongle you carry on your person.  Try to convert this over to
current MythTV.  A simpler option would be to bring up a popup when you
start livetv listing current sessions, and allow you to 'commandeer' an
existing session.  For MythVideo, start using bookmarks, and perhaps add
some code to give a list of the most recently played content. 
Alternatively, add an option on the first frontend to 'migrate to...',
which logs into the telnet socket of the second frontend, and tells it
to start playing whatever content you are currently using.

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