[mythtv-users] Zap2It - isn't this a two part problem?

Ivan Kowalenko ivan.kowalenko at gmail.com
Sat Jun 23 06:56:38 UTC 2007

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On Jun 22, 2007, at 15.30, Brock Nanson wrote:


> However, I'm wondering about the distribution problem.  NNTP seems  
> to be the direction the conversation is heading.  What about  
> BitTorrent? Perhaps a torrent for each service provider... i.e.,  
> one for Bell ExpressVu, Direct, whatever the various carriers are.

The problem is that each carrier has different line ups not just by  
region (North East US, Midwest US. etc) but down as far as individual  
COUNTIES.  So that's thousands upon thousands of different lineups,  
then you have the problem of different lineups in the same area. For  
example: local broadcast, satellite, cable, digital cable, etc. So  
now we've got perhaps six to seven times the number of lineups. Then  
we've got the problem I have, where I'm pretty much the only guy in  
the area. BitTorrent would be just too inefficient.

Then there's the whole issue of Isaac avoid mixing MythTV with  
controversial technology. If Myth is tied to BitTorrent, then people  
could abuse it and next thing you know there's a huge rallying cry to  
shut down MythTV because it's promoting piracy. It's a slippery  
slope, and we're sure that the MPAA/RIAA will definitely see us as  
further down along it than we actually are.

> Every Myth user is a potential server and the load on the source  
> would be much lighter (almost non-existent).  I don't know how  
> changes could be made without creating a whole new file, but that  
> might not be a problem if updates could be limited to daily for  
> instance.

> I'm not sure if this has been tossed out there yet... my apologies  
> if it's been beaten into the ground already... :-)
> Brock
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