[mythtv-users] New MythTV Web/Internet Video Plugin

Robert McNamara robert.mcnamara at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 06:09:29 UTC 2009

On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 12:30 PM, Matt Emmott <memmott at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 3:22 PM, nospam312 <nospam312 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 2009/12/15 Robert McNamara <robert.mcnamara at gmail.com>:
>> > Wanted to share something that has been percolating for a few weeks
>> > that you might enjoy.  As most of you know, there have been many,
>> > many, many efforts to add a "Internet Video" plugin to Myth over the
>> > past few years, but each of them had serious issues, whether they be
>> > code, design, terms of service violations, or a number of others.
>> > With that in mind, I asked Doug Vaughan (who wrote the TVDB grabber
>> > and Jamu) if he was interested in working with me on a new plugin for
>> > Myth.
> If this is as extensible, open and usable as it appears,  MythNetvision +
> the new Mythvideo would eliminate most of my need to use Boxee and XBMC.
> Pretty f'ing cool.

A little update on this week's work that might interest people, but
first, two new video to illustrate the point:


The things you will see here that might be interesting to you:

1) RSS video feed management from the tree.  In addition to having
tree grabbers, you can also subscribe to video RSS feeds and use them
just as you might a tree view.  Eventually I'll probably work out some
sort of autodownload mechanism.  The download code will probably be
very rudimentary for the first release.  You will be able to download
and play videos, but true recording-style integration will probably be
a goal for a later date.
2) "MythVideo Style" list, browse, and gallery views.
3) New Grabbers, and Doug has done a lot of work to improve the links
returned, such that Youtube, Vimeo, Blip.TV, MTV, and Dailymotion all
return full screen autoplay videos.
4) I've done a tiny bit of work to theme a default "fallback" for the
theme so that it can be used with any theme, although individual theme
authors will probably want to theme their own take on it.

We're still a ways from being able to release, mostly due to code
issues that I have to work out.  Though obviously in my video I show
you what works, there's a fair amount that doesn't.  File download is
very, very basic.  There are still a fair number of major issues
mostly dealing with image downloading.  There's some ugliness in the
tree building from having different data types associated with buttons
in the same tree (RSS sites, grabber scripts, and video objects).
It's stuff I've really got to work out because it would disappoint you
if I released it now.  I still have to finish and verify the external
download and playback stuff works.  Things are tentatively looking
good for a release by .23, but it's the holidays and anything can



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