[mythtv-users] iPad Remote Control - Developers Wanted

Matt Emmott memmott at gmail.com
Fri Apr 22 15:02:14 UTC 2011

On Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 8:29 AM, Ben Curtis <mythtv at nosolutions.com> wrote:

> Maybe it's obvious, but have you contacted the authors of the Myth
>> iPhone remotes? Eg:
>> http://web.mac.com/grhowes/Generally_Helpful_Software/RRgh_for_iPhone.html
>> There are others.
>> Craig
> I plan to reach out to  Remote Remote GH, MyMote, and MythRemote, but
> figured I would check here first.
> At the risk of taking this off-topic, will it have the following features?
>> * Stream recordings to ipad (a must have these days IMHO)
>> * Bi-directional communication like MythDroid
>> * auto-discovery of front-ends
>> * A skinnable interface
>> I've been waiting for the WebOS TouchPad to drop in June, but if a viable
>> iPad remote for Myth comes out that needs testers, I'll pick up a used
>> iPad
>> on eBay and help out where I can (I'm a user, not a coder).
> Streaming won't exist at launch, but I'm looking into how I could get the
> ASX decoding stream worked in. Given that it's an Apple product, without a
> jailbreak this would most likely require a separate on-demand streaming
> service built into MythWeb (or added on), however.  I haven't tried
> MythDroid, I'll have to give it a shot. What do you mean by Bi-directional
> comm? Auto-discovery will exist, and the interface will be "themeable", I.E.
> color selections for icons and selectable background.
> My goal is to make this a quick usage remote for recordings, video, and
> music, plus whatever else fits in. I've yet to find a good solution that
> does things like cover-art, etc. I have hundreds of videos in MythVideo as
> I'm sure many others do, and there is no easy, visual way to navigate them,
> even using the Frontend (jump to letter, etc).
> Long term I plan on creating a service that can be run on the Frontend that
> will allow other controls, too, such as startup of Hulu Desktop, etc.
> MythDroid is bidirectional, in that the desktop daemon wedges itself in
place of the LCD output function, and info can be sent from the mythbox to
the remote app for stats like current recordings etc. In addition, text
messages sent to my phone and incoming calls automagically display on the
Myth frontend. To be honest, having to shove the MythDroid Daemon onto each
FE is kind of a pain. Just curious.

Your mention of asx streaming got me to thinking a bit more about how tough
this actually would be. MythDroid allegedly allows streaming on the fly by
invoking ffmpeg on the backend and sending the bits right to the phone, so
it seems very do-able that an iOS-friendly MP4 stream could be sent to the
device without the need to jailbreak. Again, though, I suppose this requires
more stuff to be installed on the mythboxes.

I guess the more I think about it, the more it looks like we may need some
kind of middleware framework to be baked into Myth - Similar to the
MythDroid Daemon, but its own animal so it doesn't have to hack its way into
the LCD output every time it's needed. Now that my ramblings have completely
derailed this thread, I'll go back to grumbling about not knowing how to
write code.
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