[mythtv-users] XvMC and libmpeg2 to be dropped in 0.25

BP lists at qucae.com
Sun Dec 5 19:26:57 UTC 2010

James Courtier-Dutton wrote:

> For example, I have a small TV in the Kitchen. There is no sensible
> reason for me to purchase a HD capable STB when the TV is only 17
> inches and has no HDMI connector.

> I would also like to point out that although HDMI has been around for
> a long time, I only got my first HDMI capable PC last week.
> I do not think I am alone in this. Many other people will not be ready
> to upgrade their hardware.

I think you're a bit confused.  HDMI has nothing to do with any of this. 
  It's just a connector type.  I've been running HD for years over VGA, 
DVI and Component connections.  Also, VDPAU is not HD specific.

A cheap Atom based computer should be able to decode SD content without 
GPU assistance.  How old is your hardware in that it cannot decode SD 
content with the CPU?  Even seven years ago when I was running .11 I 
didn't require XvMC for any SD content.  I think I was using an Athlon 
XP 2500 at that time.

Perhaps when you state "XvMC is still used by a lot of people to play SD 
content using older STBs", there is a distinct difference between "used" 
and "needed".

Regardless, I don't think it's too much of a stretch by the developers 
to target new releases of MythTV to hardware which is at most two to 
three years old. It lessons the effort required, reduces complexity and 
allows them more freedom to add features.  .24 has a very impressive 
feature set which should be able to carry people with a taste for 
ancient hardware for quite some time.

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