[mythtv-users] Advice on media players
belcampo at zonnet.nl
Thu Dec 3 16:24:32 UTC 2009
Michael Tiller wrote:
> I have a MythTV system (MythBuntu 9.10) that is the hub of my media
> network. My in-laws live with us and they currently use a MediaMVP to
> access their programs. However, we are getting them an HDTV and so we
> want to have an HD capable media player to go with it
> My wife and I have a Popcorn Hour in our room and it basically works.
> Not exactly the most polished piece of hardware but at least it has the
> necessary codecs, etc. By the way, in case anybody is interested I
> wrote my own custom web app to provide a crude MythTV interface to the
> Popcorn Hour. Only supports playback and deletion, but that is all we
> needed. You can find the source code here
Downloaded it, followed the instructions, FYI __init__.py is zero byte
file, but running ./controller.py as user mythtv or as root gives me:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./controller.py", line 209, in <module>
File "./controller.py", line 204, in main
root = Root()
File "./controller.py", line 61, in __init__
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/MySQLdb/__init__.py", line 75,
return Connection(*args, **kwargs)
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/MySQLdb/connections.py", line
164, in __init__
super(Connection, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs2)
_mysql_exceptions.OperationalError: (2005, "Unknown MySQL server host
It says unknown server host mm
# By default, Myth tries to ping the DB host to see if it exists.
# If your DB host or network doesn't accept pings, set this to no:
and my prompt reads
[mythtv at mm MythPCH]$
So what am I doing/ could I've been doing wrong ?
I also tried localhost and the local IP number.
> Back to the topic at hand. I'm not exactly doing backflips over the
> popcorn hour so I'm open to other possibilities. My requirements are:
> 1. HD output (their TV is going to be 720p).
> 2. Must be able to handle playback of both MPEG2 and whatever format
> the HD-PVR spits out (H.264 I assume).
> 3. Must be able to connect and playback MythTV recordings on the network.
> 4. Must be consumer friendly. The more "out of the box" the better.
> Although a "hacker" solution is fine for me, it has to be push
> button simple for them (and reliable).
> I'm not looking for high end. Just whatever can do these things and is
> reasonably cheap but reliable.
> The PCH fits the bill on all of the above. I'm just wondering if there
> is anything else I should be looking at. For example, Newegg has this
> combination Blu-ray/DLNA player
> <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16882005044> for
> $169.99. I doubt my in-laws would use the Blu-ray much and I'd be
> concerned that the DLNA support wouldn't provide seamless MythTV
> integration but nevertheless it is interesting because of the range of
> So is the PCH the best HD MythTV player out there or is there something
> better (and by that I mean mostly cheaper :-).
> P.S. - Just noticed that A-110's are out of stock at popcornhour.com
> <http://popcornhour.com>. Doh! Anybody know where else they can be had?
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