[mythtv-users] Timeshifting on a diskless Front End?
steve.p.daniels at googlemail.com
Sat Oct 28 08:22:54 UTC 2006
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> From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org [mailto:mythtv-users-
> bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Donald Hughes
> Sent: 27 October 2006 21:40
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> Subject: [mythtv-users] Timeshifting on a diskless Front End?
> I searched through the FAQ and never found an answer to this question. If
> use a centrally-located server for all recording and disk storage, would a
> separate, possibly diskless, Front End be able to timeshift live TV? I
> guess it would be doing this over the network, which may have negative
> performance consequences, but is it possible?
> The topology I have in mind is to replace two Tivos with a central MythTV
> server and two MythTV front ends. I was considering using old XBoxes for
> front ends. Since setting up a system like this could take a considerable
> amount of time and a nontrivial amount of cash, I would appreciate any
> feedback you guys have on this plan. I know you guys probably hear these
> kinds of questions asked all the time, so I apologize for being
> If there's a post or webpage out there somewhere, please point me to it.
> Thanks for your knowledge and time,
> Donald Hughes
The thing about MythTV is that it is designed to run over networks. All the
processing is done at the mythbackend and streams all the live-tv and
recorded programs are streamed across to the frontend.
Mythvideo and music files aren't currently streamed across the myth
protocol, so you'll have to map nfs mounts for this.
Keep in mind that the backend is the machine with all the tuners in, and
frontends are generally tunerless.. unless you run the as slave backends as
Do a bit of googling and you'll find a dozen or so recent mythfrontend
Since your new, do you know about the gossamer searchable list archives?
It's not really in the FAQ I don't think because it's generally a given that
this kind of stuff can happen, but I can see coming from a Tivo background
might have given you a few preconceptions that you haven't been able to
throw off whilst reading the many many pages of MythTV docs.
Welcome to the club and I hope your MythTV set up works out!
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