[mythtv-users] Netflix under MythTV - Update
allen.p.edwards at gmail.com
Mon Apr 12 21:57:50 UTC 2010
This is an update. I have been trying to get Netflix to work under a button
on MythTV. The result is very jerky video. I am running IE under Windows
XP under VirtualBox under Mythbuntu 8.04 on an AMD 5400+ 2G memory.
I have determined that the video is jerky due to the CPU running at 104%
when trying to watch the video.
What I have done: Installed VirtualBox 3.1 tried alocating 1GB to the base
and 64M to the video, enabled 2d and 3d acceleration. No difference. 104%
Downloaded a file at 3.2MBPS and it used 20% CPU. Assuming this is
proportional, I should only be using 10% CPU for the network part of the
streaming at the 1.5MBPS Netflix rate.
Tried ABC.com streaming. Also over 100% CPU and jerky video
Downloaded and ran a HD Movie trailer that has way more quality than
anything I have ever seen on Netflix. It looked great, no jerks, and only
50% CPU usage.
http://www.pocketmovies.net/download/shrek-4-shrek-forever-after I used the
To judge what I had just done, I downloaded the trailer on a Windows machine
that is a little faster than my Myth machine, a Core 2 Duo 3.16GHz. The
Shreak trailer used up to about 15% CPU and the Netflix movie used up to
That is really strange. The Netflix was a lower load on the straight
windows machine but 2x the load on the Virtual machine.
I don't know if Silverlight is used by ABC but if it is the most likely
something that Silverlight wants is not implemented well in VirtualBox.
Everything else has been ruled out.
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