[mythtv-users] Can MythTV do this?
kleptophobiac at gmail.com
Mon Jan 30 22:35:19 UTC 2006
If I were a C wizkid I'd rewrite the backend - keeping the scheduler
but nuking most of everything else. You would have to have some form
of QoS to make sure people don't monopolize the backend system. You
also couldn't see schedules that you hadn't set, to prevent privacy
issues. If two or more people schedule the same thing - then that's
great, one less stream to record. People would be able to grant each
other the right to view their personal stored content. It can be a
simple question, "With whom would you like to share this recording?
<Everybody> <My friends> <Only myself>" I would also suggest more
processing power per backend (4x dual core cpu's perhaps?) in order to
run h.264 encoding to save storage space and network bandwidth. The
clients would multicast to each other in order to save backend
The frontend would be rewritten from scratch to be way simpler. It
would not be extensible - it would only let you select recorded videos
based on category and then show. Recording selection would be based
only on a program guide and not a list or a search or anything fancy
doodle like that.
Storage would be on a farm of IDE machines with hardware RAID5 setups
- a good mix of bandwidth and storage cheapness. They would be
allocated through NFS and storage would be load balanced across the
farm to avoid congestion - don't record all of the hot primetime shows
on one server.
On 1/30/06, Steve Daniels <steve.p.daniels at googlemail.com> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Joseph A. Caputo" <jcaputo1 at comcast.net>
> To: "Discussion about mythtv" <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
> Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 9:47 PM
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Can MythTV do this?
> On Monday 30 January 2006 16:03, sarvinc at fastmail.fm wrote:
> > Joseph A. Caputo wrote:>
> > >> You'd also need redistribution rights from the broadcasters, which
> > >> I believe would mean that you'd need a c-band dish so you can work
> > >> it out with them directly (since the cable company certainly won't
> > >> give it to you).
> > >>
> > >> Nope, they most likley won't. Whew, yeah getting distribution
> > >> rights is going to be good. Not all that difficult from what I
> > >> understand, just expensive.
> > >
> > > I seem to recall an article posted here a year or two back about
> > > someone in Canada who had done this, and the redistribution rights
> > > were ridiculously cheap. It just made me all the more annoyed with
> > > the cable company/big content cartel.
> > >
> > > If I find the article I'll re-post it.
> > >
> > > -JAC
> > I think that's this article:
> > http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20040930.html
> That's it. Here's the relevant part:
> ---------------------------- Begin quoted text ------------------
> At this point, intellectual property lawyers are supposed to start
> reaching for their telephones to call Canada, but it won't do any good
> because all this content is perfectly legal and here's how. With the
> exception of local channels, which come from an antenna, all of
> Andrew's video content comes from a C-band (big dish) satellite
> receiver (receivers, actually), and is fully paid for. "I buy the
> channels just like a cable system does or a motel that wants to offer
> HBO, from the National Programming Service," says Andrew. "And as a
> result I pay wholesale prices. People don't realize how much of a
> markup there in is the cable business. The Discovery Networks, for
> example, cost me $0.26 per customer per month. The IP laws in both the
> U.S. and Canada say that if I have legal access to this content I can
> store and use it. And the over-the-air channels, of course, are free."
> ---------------------------- End quoted text ------------------
> Does anyone think there is a UK version of this kind of thing? If so,
> I'm talking about the whole sale rights thing..
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