[mythtv-users] Cheap HD media players
beww at beww.org
Fri Jan 15 14:13:15 UTC 2010
On Friday 15 January 2010 03:07:55 am Mark Wormgoor wrote:
> > > I'm using the WD TV Live with no problems. Haven't figured out a good
> > > way to skip commercials, but it's great for the kids and their shows on
> > > PBS.
> > Are you guys using these things as UPnP renderers, or connecting in some
> > other way? (Samba share?)?
> > Unless you can run a full frontend I don't see any way to get commercial
> > skip.
> The Xtreamer that I use (and probably other media players out there)
> have Myth's capability to skip forward 3 mins / 30 seconds, or skip
> backward 1 min / 10 secs. This doesn't automatically skip commercials
> (which I never had enabled on Myth either as it sometimes got it wrong
> and just skipped over some of the recording), but it means you can
> skip a commercial block in a couple of secs, which is good enough for
> me. My previous player (Buffalo Linktheater) only had fast-forward,
> which made skipping commercials a nightmare.
> One way to automatically skip commercials on these devices is to have
> myth do commercial detection and then transcoding to cut it from the
> recordings, but you risk loosing parts of your recording.
So how are you connecting to the backend? UPnP? Samba? NFS?
I find commercial detection to be essentially perfect, on some networks. It
seems to be the ones that regularly show their logo, and/or the ratings logo,
upon return from a commercial break. On some networks, the History Channel is
an example, I can trust the detection enough to just trust the automatically
generated cut list, on others I have to watch and adjust the cut points
manually, which can be tedious. Others, BBC America being an example, are less
then 50% reliable with commercial detection.
I can accept errors that simply show me all or part of a break, but when
actual programming is skipped it's unacceptable. BBCA seems particularly prone
to the "bad" type of error, I usually disable commercial skip and just do it
manually with BBCA.
The prices of media players and devices capable of running a full frontend are
converging, and might soon meet.
The benefits of a full frontend are enough to justify the cost of a Revo, at
least for me. It's HD-capable, very low power and looks OK for the benefit of
people who care about such things.
I have a D-Link DSM-520, but I really miss the commercial skip capability.
There is a huge difference between "being able" to skip through a commercial
block manually and sitting back and letting Myth just tell me how much of my
life I have just recovered.
The variable playback rate is also a very nice feature, especially for
"talking heads" type programming.
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