[mythtv-users] Raspbmc (Raspberry Pi XBMC) Announces MythTV support

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Tue Sep 25 19:55:05 UTC 2012

On Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 7:02 AM, Matt Emmott <memmott at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 2:18 PM, MonkeyPet <monkeypet at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Using mythtv 0.26 and the xbian.org distro.
>> Many things are broken in XBMC and the raspberry in general at this time:
>> o UPNP broken in XBMC.
>> o Mythbox with mythtv 0.26, broken also.
>> o mythtv:// suport in XBMC with mythtv 0.26 also broken.
>> My thoughts about raspberry.  Wonderful quiet machine.  MPEG2 and H.264
>> playback at 1080p works but only after bumping up the CPU/GPU clock speeds.
>> Also have some lockups playing MPEG2. The XBMC menus are laggy.  With the
>> brokenness in XBMC, it is hard to use it as a frontend at this point.  Sure
>> you can try nfs or samba, but that you can do with a commercial set-top box
>> like the WD LIve or Asus Media Player. I think once the bugs are fixed in
>> XBMC AND we can get recordings playback with commercial skipping I would be
>> a very happy camper.
>> On Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 9:13 AM, David Watkins <watkinshome at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> > Already have, but I haven't gotten it to play nice with trunk yet.
>>> > FYI - Turn around on the MPEG-2 license key is about a day or so.
>>> I've tried raspbmc connecting to mythtv using UPNP.
>>> The Pi plays UK freeview files fine, both SD(mpeg2) and HD(H.264).
>>> Menu performance is a bit sluggish but OK, and the CEC function is
>>> pretty nice  (Use the TV's remote to send commands down the HDMI cable
>>> to the Pi).
>>> However, at the moment I can only play TV Recordings if I move them to
>>> MythVideos.
>>> I can browse TV recordings on the Pi;  when I select a recordings it
>>> shows the preview image; but when I try and play it I get a  "No items
>>> returned for object..." error in the xbmc log.
>>> Using MythTV 25 fixes and the Pre RC4 version of raspbmc.
>>> _______________________________________________
> How's the quality of the videos that do play? What resolution and
> codec/wrapper are they using?

xbmc when you buy it has hardware support for h264 activated in the
SOC. mpeg2 and avc are not, but the codecs can be activated for
relatively trivial costs.

Hardware acceleration is via openmax which xbmc supports, myth does not.

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