[mythtv] MythTV and Twitter

Charles Iliya Krempeaux charles at reptile.ca
Fri Nov 28 02:42:08 UTC 2008


On Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 3:18 PM, Colin Guthrie <mythtv at colin.guthr.ie> wrote:
> Brad DerManouelian wrote:
> > On Nov 27, 2008, at 1:20 PM, Charles Iliya Krempeaux wrote:


> >> So as a project that I can use to learn how to write a MythTV plugin,
> >> and at the same time, do something that seems would be useful for some
> >> people, I thought I'd write a MythTV plugin that lets you see Twitter
> >> updates on your TV.  (Kind of like how some Set Top Boxes will show
> >> the phone number and name of the person calling your phone, on the TV.)


> But I think you raise an important point that could help Charles which
> is that it's probably not a full blown myth plugin that would be needed
> to do this but some kind of script (perl/python/whatever) that can load
> the twitter information you want and just pipes it to the OSD on your
> frontend.

I did a little Googling, and found that there is a program that comes
with MythTV called "mythtvosd".  (Usually found at

That's what I should using to write to the On Screen Display, correct?
 (And not some other API.)

BTW... is the any MythTV convention for installing MythTV addons like
this?  Or do I just treat it like a "normal" Linux app, and make an
.RPM or whatever for it.

Charles Iliya Krempeaux, B.Sc.

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