[mythtv-users] Analogue tuner via Quicktime Broadcaster

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Fri Jan 2 08:00:39 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 6:57 PM, Jeremy Malcolm <Jeremy at malcolm.id.au> wrote:
> I want to know if this can be done with MythTV.
> I have a Mac with a USB analogue TV tuner.  (I am living in an area
> with no digital TV - and anyway, the analogue TV tuner is plugged into
> an also analogue cable TV box.)  The analogue TV tuner is not directly
> supported by MythTV, at least not on Mac.
> As a workaround, I am using Quicktime Broadcaster (see http://www.apple.com/quicktime/broadcaster/)
>  to encode the video from the tuner in MPEG4 format and unicast
> stream it to a MythTV backend (which is either on the same machine, or
> another one - doesn't really matter).
> I can receive this stream in VLC using an SDP file that Quicktime
> Broadcaster exports.  The SDP file basically tells VLC to listen for
> the video stream on port 5434 and the audio on port 5432.
> I'm not sure how to convert this into an M3U file that MythTV can use
> with its Freebox IPTV Recorder source.  For one thing, the example M3U
> files that I have seen (in this thread: http://www.mythtv.org/pipermail/mythtv-users/2007-September/192518.html)
>  all seem to specify only one port, presumably because the video and
> audio are streamed together.  Quicktime Broadcaster doesn't seem to
> support that.
> Is this possible?  If not, I'll go over to a Quicktime list and see if
> they have any ideas of how I could do it differently (maybe I need
> Darwin Streaming Server also, but it seems like overkill).

Could you use vlc on the mac to do the streaming, instead of
quicktime? It will certainly send a stream that myth can "tune" to
using an m3u file.

There was a HOWTO floating around at one point that used vlc to stream
all the channels on a dvb multiplex, before multirec was working in

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