[mythtv-users] Max number of simultaneous connection

Blaise Alako b.alako at hubrecht.eu
Tue Mar 2 07:38:22 UTC 2010

Hi all,

Thanks indeed for the nice feedback.
> Will the system be being used as a DVR, or is the sole intention to
> stream the same channel continuously to a user? Will the end-users be
> interacting with the system to change channel?
YES, the end users will be interacting with the system to  solely change



>On 3/2/10 7:19 AM, "Nick Morrott" <knowledgejunkie at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 1 March 2010 23:50, Nick Rout <nick.rout at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 3:28 AM, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
>>> On Monday 01 March 2010 07:18:15 am Blaise Alako wrote:
>>>> good day chaps,
>>>> How many simultaneous connections to different TV channels can mythtv
>>>>  handle? Is the latter pertaining to the TV card or the backend-server.
>>>>  What TV card do you recommend for such? I intend to set up a mythtv server
>>>>  for the purpose of streaming free to air live TV channels to multiple
>>>>  users.

>>> It would depend on how many capture devices your backend has, and ultimately
>>> your disk I/O capability. Myth is designed to record to disk, and even
>>> "watch
>>> live TV" is actually recording and then playing back the captured material.
>>> I'd check into whether you have a legal right to redistribute the material
>>> before doing so.
>>> Myth may not be the best solution for what you describe, as it's designed as
>>> a
>>> PVR/DVR, not a distribution system.
>>> I can't recommend a capture device, as I'm familiar mostly with the USA
>>> situation.
>> The answer is probably complicated by the user being in Europe, where
>> DVB is common. DVB can make good use of multirec, so you can have more
>> than one virtual tuner per physical tuner.
>> Of course the layout of channels on the multiplex may defeat that. I
>> understand in the UK that each freesat multiplex has BBC1 in different
>> regional variants, the next mux has BBC2 in various regional variants
>> and so forth. This seems to pretty much defeat the usefulness of
>> multirec -  unless you want to compare the ads in Scotland to the ads
>> in Wales...
> What are these "ads" on the BBC you talk of?!
> Veering OT, but the BBC1 England mux on Freesat (DVB-S, 10773H) has
> BBC1/2/3/4/CBBC and CBeebies available, so is perfect for making full
> use of multirec. Freeview (DVB-T) will not offer all 4 main BBC
> channels until after digital switchover.
> The bigger issue I see with Freesat is the much larger number of muxes
> compared to Freeview, and the higher cost of DVB-S hardware.
> Cheers,
> Nick

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