[mythtv-users] What major features are planned for 0.27?

Mark Greenwood fatgerman at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 00:30:38 UTC 2012

On Tuesday 20 Nov 2012 17:26:51 Mark wrote:

On 11/20/2012 01:04 PM, Nick Rout wrote:

On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 6:22 AM, Mark Greenwood <fatgerman at gmail.com> wrote:

On Tuesday 20 Nov 2012 10:17:10 Mark wrote:
> On 2012-11-20 9:43 AM, Mark Greenwood wrote:
> > On Tuesday 20 Nov 2012 10:21:56 Michael T. Dean wrote:
> >> On 11/20/2012 02:05 AM, Phill Edwards wrote:
> >>>> I have to ask whether it's time for the folks interested in coding the
> >>>> frontend bits to give up on the Myth frontend as it's own stand-alone
> >>>> app (along with all of it's failing bits) and instead take the
> >>>> working-really-well bits and provide XBMC with first class Myth playback
> >>>> capabilities.
> >>>>
> >>> I love mythfrontend and I find it very disappointing that people want
> >>> to get rid of it as I don't think whatever replaces it will be as good
> >>> for TV recording playback. Sure XBMC looks good but I think features
> >>> come first.
> >>>
> >> And, FWIW, mythfrontend can look /very/ good, too--just requires some
> >> people to actually help with theming it (rather than just saying that
> >> XBMC is better and recommending we drop mythfrontend)...
> >>
> > Yes, the MythMediaStream theme looks really good, but it does use up a shedload of RAM. IMO all the XBMC themes look great, they're easy to navigate, and seem to use far less memory - which is significant for many who run a frontend on a small PC.
> >
> > But it's not al about eye candy. I've been experimenting with XMBC as a frontend and the setup is SO much simpler - I haven't had to faff with sysctl.conf, udev rules, (for RTC timing) or even the dreaded LIRC. It all just worked (apart from the usual type of faffing with  xorg.conf). And A/V sync is spot on with all sources, including TV - which it wasn't with mythtv 0.26.
> >
> > I'm sure mythfrontend is extremely capable (I know it is, I went to the trouble of setting it up) but using XBMC gives me more beer time. I think that perhaps when people say 'XBMC is better' they might mean 'I managed to get XBMC to work so I'm using it because I gave up on mythfrontend after 3 days'.
> >
> > Mark
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> Pardon the slightly off topic.
> There is no xbmc plugin for mythtv 26 is there?
> I would like to look at it if so.

No but there is a mythtv plugin for xbmc, which I think is what you want. It allows you to use xmbc as a frontend for your mythtv backend. It is, however, experimental and currently only works with the development version of xbmc and the add-on itself has to be built from source. It's all on the xbmc downloads page if you're interested. It's what I'm now using as my main frontend.

There are several routes to mythtv in XBMC, including:

The PVR plugin I think you are referring to, build instructions here http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=PVR/Backend/MythTV/BuildFromSource. Seems to work with 0.25 backend, but needs XBMC 12 (currently beta) and to compile the plugin. As the instructions show, this is not hard.

Mythbox, works against 0.25 if you have XBMC 12 (I think) and get the plugin's forked version from here: https://github.com/mitchcapper/mythbox

The myth:// protocol built in to XBMC - no plugin needed, but it is pretty basic. You specify a url like myth://user:password@backend and that's all you need to do.

There are probably others too - some historical (ie no longer work).


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Are there any that work with 26?

Yes, the very latest build-from-source plugin I mentioned works with 0.26. Been running it for a couple of days, had some mates round to watch a movie, no problems so far. AND I've been able to remove the awful LIRC from my system, which is a real bonus :)

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