[mythtv-users] Idea for faster channel surfing

Dan Littlejohn littlejohn86 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 3 00:49:33 UTC 2004


Noob question, but why is it necessary to have the buffer require a 2
second start time?

Why could it not just drop frames at a rate not easily noticed until
the buffer was full?  That would solve the surfing problem in a
simpler way.


On Thu, 2 Dec 2004 16:10:24 -0800, Brad Templeton
<brad+myth at templetons.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 02, 2004 at 05:30:50PM -0500, Michael Starks wrote:
> 
> 
> > I had an idea about how the delay might be reduced when changing
> > channels.  In a 2+ tuner system, can one tuner "leapfrog" the other and
> > start buffering the next or previous channel, depending on the direction
> > the user is surfing?
> >
> > For example, I start at channel three.
> > Tuner two starts buffering channel four.
> > I go to channel four and start reading the buffer.
> > Tuner 1 starts buffering channel five.
> 
> Thought of this years ago and blogged it earlier on this year:
> 
>     http://ideas.4brad.com/archives/000103.html
> 
> But oddly, just reposted it yesterday in some other myth discussion
> areas.  Something whose time has come -- if it weren't for the fact
> that part of "getting" a PVR is to realize that channel surfing
> is a silly idea.
> 
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