[mythtv-users] touchscreen remote
james.orr7 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 26 19:23:47 UTC 2010
On Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 2:59 PM, Matt Emmott <memmott at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 2:20 PM, James Orr <james.orr7 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I don't know, I can control MythTV on my android phone with MythDroid
> > in the market, but you can google it). It's kind of cool to play around
> > with but it's not replacing my buttoned remote any time soon.
> > _______________________________________________
> What's nice about these remotes is their ability to be dynamic - It
> looks like that VidaBox remote does a good job of listing the
> available media and making it easy to launch - Boxee Remote for
> iDevice does a good job of this, as do the couple MythTV iDevice
> remotes I've used (I haven't tried Mythdroid).
> If a touchscreen remote just duplicates the buttons on a 'hard' remote
> and nothing else, it's not worth the money. But if it can organize all
> the files on a media center in an easy to reach format, it's a winner
> IMHO. I feel like a ton of this can be accomplished in HTML a la
> Mythweb, which looks nice on an iPad but really falls short when one
> has to scroll through 800 channels in the listings page.
The dynamic aspects are nice (and mythdroid does have some), but even so
there's a lot of disadvantages such as battery drain. Unless the device is
plugged in charging, the screen needs to turn itself off to save power so
any control such as just a simple pause suddenly becomes a two step (at
I don't see any touchscreen device replacing a more traditional remote in my
living room any time soon, but one might work beside it. Now, a buttoned
remote with a screen (touch or not) would be perfect.
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