[mythtv-users] Graphics and DLNA and MythTV

Bryan Lovquist blovquist at clarity.com
Wed Mar 30 22:46:07 UTC 2011


I am currently in the process of designing and building a new home. As such I have an opportunity to put necessary infrastructure in now.

I am looking at MythTV as a possible component.

It would seem that DLNA compliant components in concert with the appropriate network would meet most of my needs.
The problem is that if I was to use MythTV, the functionality of a DLNA compliant player would mean that I would not be able to access the full functionality of the MythTV frontend. The benefit would be that I could stream everything over the network and combine the backend and (potentially multiple) frontend(s) on the same physical machine in a separate "machine room".

I was wondering, is there such a thing as a graphics card which rather than outputting to HDMI or DVI, outputs compressed video over Ethernet/IP and would appear as a DLNA media server. I could then use this capability to view/access the frontend(s) functionality while using the DLNA capability of MythTV to stream the actual video content of any shows that I have recorded. The capability of the graphics card need not be HD or anything as I would only be using it to view the frontend application.

The reason for asking the question now is that I need to know whether or not to provision for HDMI and/or HDBaseT to the video locations. In all circumstances it would be my intention to house the frontend(s) in the "machine room".

Bryan Lovquist
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