[mythtv-users] IPad and mythtv.
jedi at mishnet.org
Mon May 24 02:36:02 UTC 2010
On Sun, May 23, 2010 at 12:39:02AM -0400, Tom Dexter wrote:
> On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 9:41 PM, jedi <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:
> > On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 12:25:38PM +1000, Jean-Yves Avenard wrote:
> >> Hi
> >> On 22 May 2010 04:55, jedi <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:
> >> > Neglecting the fact that the iPad is locked down into Steves Walled
> >> > Garden, the iPad itself has some severe limitations. Without hacks and
> >> > workarounds, it's not really suitable as a "frontend" device. If it
> >> > could do BD streaming and handle MPEG2 and divx as well then it would
> >> > be another matter.
> >> >
> >> > The shiny frontend is not quite enough.
> >> You're very narrow minded here when it comes to technical solutions
> >> around what the iPad supports.
> > Of course I am. I want my devices to play the stuff I already have
> > lying around rather than trying to shoehorn everything to suit all of
> > the limitations of Apple hardware.
> >> >
> >> > A liberated JooJoo probably has more potential. The newer Archos
> >> > tablets might also have some potential. An Android app might be useful
> >> > if not now than in the near future when something catches up HW wise.
> >> If you could go past your philosophical/emotional stance and stayed on
> >> a technical level it would add much more to the discussion...
> > Apple's hardware is crap and is intentionally limited. There's nothing
> > "emotional" about that. That's purely objective. I really don't get why you
> > bother to make excuses.
> > The UI is interesting but the platform in general is locked down and is
> > very limited in what it supports.
> That was my thought on it exactly. When I first heard about it I
> thought it might actually run OS X or something...*that* would have
> been impressive. Yea, the UI is impressive, but for me that's a lot
> of money for something running what's pretty much an iPhone OS.
An iPad doesn't meet the technical requirements of a MythTV frontend.
It doesn't support any of the file formats normally associated with MythTV.
It's ability to support those file formats purely in software is very limited.
Having some other box do the heavy lifting across the network is impractical
because such a machine would likely have to forego nice things like VDPAU and
would have to handle stuff like 1080i HD-PVR recordings strictly in software.
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