[mythtv-users] Ubuntu TV

Matt Emmott memmott at gmail.com
Mon Jan 9 21:44:36 UTC 2012

On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM, Jeremy Jones
<jeremy.dwain.jones at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM, Matt Emmott <memmott at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM, Steven Adeff <adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com>wrote:
>>> http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/09/ubuntu-tv-making-its-debut-at-ces/
>>> some very nice interface ideas. I'm wondering if these things could be
>>> done in MythTV with the current theme abilities?
>>> --
>> I just came in to see if anybody had posted about this yet - What's the
>> underlying tuning technology? Is it MythTV or did Canonical roll their own?
>>  What about MythTV and XBMC?
> According to Ubuntu's website here: http://www.ubuntu.com/tv/contributors
> They are working with Mythtv and xbmc.
> Very interesting.  Can any Dev's weigh in on this?
> Below text pasted from http://www.ubuntu.com/tv/contributors
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Myth TV and XBMC are popular open-source TV projects, particularly in the
> Ubuntu community. We’re very pleased to collaborate with members of both
> communities, enhancing the quality of back-end code that is shared between
> projects.
> Our focus is to bring a Unity front end to the TV, suitably adapted to the
> entertainment, lean-back experience of the living room, but there are
> plenty of areas where our needs intersect perfectly with those of other
> communities.
> Any improvements or changes we make to either project are contributed
> back. And we welcome contributions from both communities.
> ------------------------------------------------
> Is this just a different front-end using a myth-tv backend for the
> recordings?
> Jeremy

I tend to go with a TL;DR approach and didn't read that far down in the
article till now, thanks. XBMC has been working on a unified front end for
multiple backends for years now, and it has never really taken off. From
that article it looks to me like Canonical took some XBMC front end pieces,
muddied it to add a Unity look and feel, and set it to connect to MythTV
for the back end.

I wonder if they have any hardware partners or if this can easily be
shoveled onto a Google TV. Since Google TV boxes are now 80 bucks
refurb'ed, this could be viable if they can get H.264 decoding and the like
to work.
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