About my Home Entertainment System Attempt…
First of all, I had the following goals in mind from before:
- Have ultimate control over TV
- Recording live TV
- Watching Live TV from any computer
- Watch recordings anywhere
- Share music or downloaded TV anywhere,
- Distribute music from one PC to a variety of places, and more importantly, acting as a ‘repeater’ music tower. Like, an Apple Airplay server.
- Perform as a torrent downloading server
About what I used / had to work with:
- MythBuntu (MythTV)
- Schedules Direct
- VLC on MythBuntu (for MythDroid)
- A Wii-Mote
- TF2 /srcds was installed, but not configured.
What I Learned:
- Without a perfect/unique remote (MythDroid),
- without MythDroid being responsive and 100% good,
- And without the ability to detect two or more tuners in one device,
…This is great, but not ideal.
My biggest problems were the following:
- My users don’t want to take the time to figure out how to ‘do this’ and how to ‘do that’.
A remote with 100 buttons is way too many.
A remote with too few buttons is not enough.
MythDroid is PERFECT, and revolutionary– but it doesn’t fail gracefully enough, and requires you or me to have an Android device in the first place.
- Being able to watch ONLY ONE THING at a time is a MAJOR disadvantage.
Unless your MythTV/Ubuntu installation will detect two tuners inside one cable box, you may need to rent two cable boxes and hook them up at the same location!
- Why would you need to rent two AND hook them up at the same place? MythBuntu can connect to remote “back ends’ and give them duties, or pull recordings from them.
- But, if your computer is set up with WiFi, you’ll need two computers and possibly buffering patience while the show streams from one PC to another.
Finding a cable box that works with USB may be a holy grail. One that sends BOTH tuners via USB may also be a fantasy..
- TiVo works with your cable provider,
- has apps like NetFlix and Pandora– the former not working easily in Linux. (It’d be nice if NetFlix had a native client inside the Chrome browser, though.)
- $600 to buy it directly from TiVo (or $240 for the first year), or $20 on top of your monthly cable bill.
- No Web interface
- No Recording Streaming via the Flash Web App
- No Direct Recorded Show Streaming .. (if MythDroid gets that figured out)
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