[mythtv-users] XBMC Mythtv Frontend Plugin

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Wed Apr 20 02:14:55 UTC 2011

On Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 4:42 AM, Alan Young <ayoung at teleport.com> wrote:
> Staffan Pettersson wrote:
>> I have been eger to try this out for a while but i have upgraded to
>> mythtv 0.24 so the missing livetv part is a showstoppper for me. I
>> really like the other parts of xbmc. The user inteface is pretty sweet
>> and the plugin ecosystem is what stands out in xbmc. I tried a couple
>> of streaming plugins like youtube and a swedish ondemand site called
>> svtplay and can say that those plugins are great!
>> The best solution would be that the plugins for mythtv would evolve.
>> It has been great to follow the mythtv progress under all these years
>> a have been using it. My biggest wish is that mythnetvision will get
>> more attention. The version that is in 0.24-fixes is quite unusable at
>> the moment.
> I've found a few things that are lacking with the mythbox plugin and the
> builtin myth:// protocol
> support that xbmc has.  It's got a it bit to go to replace a front end
> for me.  The streaming and
> extras are nice.  And of course, the selection of eye candy is nice too.
> I've found a way to go back and forth between the two.  It's not
> complete integration, but it
> works well enough for me.  You'll need to modify your theme's menu to do it.
> In the main menu xml file, I've added
>    <button>
>        <type>XBMC</type>
>        <text>XBMC</text>
>        <action>EXEC /usr/local/bin/xbmc_from_myth</action>
>    </button>
> And in /usr/local/bin, I put the script called xbmc_from_myth:
> #!/bin/sh
> exec /usr/bin/ck-launch-session /usr/bin/dbus-launch --exit-with-session
> /usr/bin/xbmc --standalone -fs

I am not sure why you do all that extra stuff, so please feel free to
educate me :)

I launch mine like this:

           <description>Launch XBMC</description>
            <action>EXEC /usr/bin/xbmc</action>

> That's working well with .23 fixes and xbmc 10.1.  I select it off the
> menu and it launches xbmc.
> When it's done it comes back to the frontend.  With mythbox enabled as
> an xbmc addon, I can watch
> myth recordings without having to come back to myth.  I do come back to
> myth for live tv,
> scheduling items like program finds and other maintenance.
> Alan
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