[mythtv-users] Netflix under MythTV - Working
mythtv at westcoastlinux.com
Thu Apr 15 18:45:26 UTC 2010
Allen Edwards wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 5:33 PM, Allen Edwards
> <allen.p.edwards at gmail.com <mailto:allen.p.edwards at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Thanks to input from this group, I now have Netflix Streaming Video
> working under MythTV.
> It is running under VMware-Player (free) running WindowsXP (not free).
> First, I have a copy of mainmenu.xml in my .mythtv folder under my
> home directory (dad). In that I added this button
> <text>Netflix Streaming VM</text>
> <action>EXEC DISPLAY=":0.1" /usr/bin/vmplayer
> I installed vmplayer from the website and followed the simple
> directions. The install was extremely easy. The only change I made
> from stock was to set ALSA Audio as the audio player. I installed
> WindowsXP, the service packs, the extensions (which automatically
> downloaded and installed), and silverlight (from netflix web site). I
> set the browser up to go to netflix.com <http://netflix.com> as
> the home page and put the
> browser in the startup menu in WindowsXP. I used VMware-Player
> program defaults of 512M memory and 40G HD max. I didn't change
> anything except the audio option.
> When I click on the MythTv button for Netflix, it automatically goes
> to the netflix web site where I can pick my movie.
> My system is n AMD 5400+ with 2GB of RAM and a 6200 video card. Audio
> out is spdif. Netflix runs 85 to 90% CPU when run in Chrome. It is
> within 5% in IE one way or the other, not sure yet. The screen is a
> 46 inch Sony LCD at 720x1280.
> VirtualBox doesn't work. There is some interrupt timing bug or
> something. Nobody has Netflix running under VirtualBox with anything
> short of a computer that doubles as a space heater. The most
> interesting post in the VirtualBox forum is the question: does anyone
> have this working with Netflix? No replies.
> Again, thanks to everyone who replied and especially Andrew Cover for
> the key tip to use vmplayer instead of VirtualBox.
> Just a quick update, Netflix works better in IE than in either Firefox
> or Chrome. I assume this is because Silverlight was written
> specifically for IE.
> Also, if you close the virtual window using the "X" in the top VMware
> control bar, the session will continue when you open the window again
> so even if you are in the middle of a movie, it will resume when you
> click on the button in Myth next time.
for vmware player, I have noticed that a linux VM consumes 80% (or at
least a significant amount) of CPU unless I add a grub boot line option
"divider=10". Anyone know if there is a similar setting for windows
running in that VM? Without netflix running do you still have CPU usage
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