[mythtv-users] Experimental Android TV "leanback" MythTV frontend

Jim Abernathy jfabernathy at gmail.com
Wed Aug 21 21:29:10 UTC 2019

On 8/21/19 3:17 PM, Peter Bennett wrote:
> I am developing a pure android application for Android TV devices 
> called android-MythTV-Leanfront.
> It uses the android TV leanback user interface as used by other apps 
> such as youtube, prime video, etc. to play MythTV recordings.
> It supports 4K resolution video at 50 fps and voice search, which are 
> not working on mythfrontend for android. Also it supports surround sound.
> It does not yet support many of the important features of 
> Mythfrontend, and some features it may never support.
> See https://github.com/bennettpeter/android-MythTV-Leanfront for more 
> details
> Peter


I did a fresh install of Android Studio and opened your project and 
built it.  I deployed it to my Shield TV with adb and it worked. Not 
surprised that your project worked, just surprised I could so easily get 
it compiled and installed on my Shield TV.

Like you say it's in its early stages and missing features.  I find the 
Shield version of Mythfrontend to be the best frontend ever with 
Mythfrontend on Raspberry Pi 4B being arguably as good.

The leanback interface is not my favorite but I have to use it for 
YoutubeTV and Prime Video. I have a Harmony Smart Hub remote connected 
to all my TV based devices and I have a Mythfrontend activity with a 
separate button for all the key features.  The most important feature is 
forward and backward skipping.

Thanks for the hard work! Let me know if you need stuff tested.

Jim A

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