Feature Wishlist

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Important.png Note: Before making any feature requests to the MythTV developers, one first needs to understand the most basic truth about MythTV: "MythTV is a project by developers, for developers." If you look at things in that light, comments that get made by developers to users who submit feature requests ("Sounds good; I look forward to your patch") make a whole lot more sense.

The developers of MythTV work for free (obviously), in their spare time. Most/all of them write software for a living, where they work all day long on things that other people want them to work on. When they work on Myth they focus on what's important to them. A feature gets implemented because a developer wants it bad enough to spend his spare time writing it and testing it, and believes in it strongly enough to defend it from the other developers (which helps to avoid the feature creep common in some projects). Bugs, especially crash bugs, get worked on by all of the devs as they encounter them as those impact everyone.

That's not to say that the users don't matter, or that the developers never implement something that comes from a user. It's just that unless a developer says either "why didn't I think of that" or "I could knock that out in a couple hours" it will be a much lower priority.


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Requests from people who have contributed back to the project in some way carry a LOT more weight. Developers by and large tend to be rather blunt. People often mistake being terse and to the point for being insulting. Then they start a flame war on the mailing list (which is pretty much certain death for a feature request) all because a developer either a) didn't take 3 paragraphs to tell them "I'm not going to work on this" or b) they think that the developer should drop whatever they're doing because *they* want it done. A lot of the devs are a bit defensive when it comes to requests, largely due to previous bad experiences.

And, finally, remember this: if there's something you want badly enough, you can always offer to pay someone to do it.

Editor's note: Even moreso than on most pages, if you add a note here that a wishlist item is now available or in process, please note which version that information applies to ('added in 0.19', for example). Remember: wiki pages live forever. --Baylink 17:00, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

How to make a suggestion

If you've got an idea for a feature that you'd like to see implemented here's some guidelines for submitting it:

  • Before anything else, check the Current Version release notes to make sure it's not already in there (yes, this happens).
  • Clearly indicate that it's a request, not a demand.
  • Understand that code speaks louder than words. If you can, write a patch and submit it to TRAC
  • Be very clear with how you envision your idea working. The more details you have in your request the better chance you have hitting that magical "knock it out in a couple of hours" mark.
  • Make sure you're not repeating a previous request. (Search the wiki and mailing list archives)
  • Do NOT be offended if a developer responds with "sounds good; I look forward to your patch".
  • Requests from people who have contributed back to the project in some way carry a LOT more weight.

When you're ready to submit your suggestion, add it to the end of the relevant page and section listed in "The Wishlists" section below.

In Development

There are many items which are in active development (people are writing code). Some of them are listed below, and others at the developers' Trac wiki page.


The Wishlists

  • It's not a feature. But it can make things easier for people who use mythtv mainly for mythvideo, mythgame & mythmusic. If it is possible to move TV features in a optionnal plugin, this can help to make things more clear and easier.

Setup and Configuration

See Feature Wishlist (Setup).

Anything for the setup process including hardware support.

Backend Addons

See Feature Wishlist (Backend Addons).

Backend additions are things you want mythtv to do when you're not around

  • One feature that is sorely missing in mythtv is the option to repair mpeg2 transport streams to make them standards compliant (like fixing the timecode) after they've been captured. This is not transcoding but just fixing the errors that occurred during transmission. This is especially a problem for embedded consumer electronic devices that play TS files because they have little or no tolerance for errors in the TS file. There seem to be several utilities that do this for Windows (like mpeg2repair) but I have not found any on Linux that perform this task.
  • New commandline cleanupRecordings to remove everything with an autoexpire value equal or greater than commandline value X. E.G. cleanupRecordings 1000 will remove all live tv files and database entries.
  • Add an option to allow mythtv to shut down even if a client is connected, including "client idleness" in the decision to shutdown. I know that mythwelcome is supposed to handle this but it requires users (i.e. kids) to actually exit the frontend when done watching, something which never happens in my universe. I think this change would allow simple combined frontend/backend boxes to be more energy efficient by shutting down when not in use without any user interaction.
  • Add the following features to mythtranscode:
    • Support for libx264 video-codec (for example with ffmpeg -vcodec libx264)
    • Support for choosing one or more audio-stream(s) to retain (for example with ffmpeg copy-mode and -map)
    • Support for AVI, MP4 and MKV container-formats

Frontend Addons

See Feature Wishlist (Frontend Addons)

Frontend additions are things you want to do while using mythtv

  • MythTouchMote A new frontend where the user interface split from the playback device onto a remote tablet (UMPCs, netbooks, iPhone, Nokia-n800i, Android phones) a user interface specification for this has been created and a bounty is negotiable.
  • Would like to propose adding Live TV functionality to the UPnP server. To my knowledge only Nero {7,8} Home Media Server has this capability, but it is proprietary and runs only on proprietary OS. This could be done by adding (aside from Recodings, Music and Videos) a fourth folder (i.e. LiveTV) with all channels being listed as media files. Watching a channel should generate live recording as it does when viewed on a frontend. Potential caveat would be tuner availability, however with USB tuners (DVB-*+EIT and analog+listings), it would be possible to add N+1 (where N is a number of frontends) amount of tuner devices to the system without a problem ensuring scheduled recordings and LiveTV functionality is available at all time.

Appropriate calls that would feed back to the backend seem to exist: PrepareForConnection() and ConnectionComplete() in ConnectionManager (requesting a channel switch and releasing it) and InstanceID allows to distinguish between different UPnP frontends.

  • It would be nice to have a "Grouped Display" in the "Watch Recordings" section. That means currently you have to select the displayed group through a seperate menu, but it would be nice if you could navigate through the groups like in the MythVideo section. e.g.
All Recordings - 
Series - Stargate SG1 - Series 1
                        Series 2...
         Columbo - Series 1 ...
Movies - Movie 1 - ...

Plugins

See Feature Wishlist (Plugin Addons) for existing plugins
See Feature Wishlist (New Plugins) for new plugin ideas

Plugins are applications that not related to recording programs, but can be integrated into MythTV, e.g. viewing weather reports, watching DVDs, and playing games.

Platforms

  • MythTV Frontend and backend runnning on a Casio fx7000G (1985) pocket calculator
  • MythTV Frontend running on the Playstation 3.
  • MythTV Frontend running as a Wii Channel (There is a small bounty for this on FOSS Factory. You can contribute to the bounty if you want.)
  • MythTV Frontend running on AppleTV (doable: see Installing MythTV on an AppleTV and a thread on the developer mailing list)
  • MythTV Frontend (TV plug-in only) running natively on AppleTV i.e. using Apple's FrontRow for menus. See AwkwardTV Wiki and BackRow Developers' Kit. This would create a single, modeless AppleTV front end / user interface.
  • MythTV as a replacement for DVR/PVR interfaces, such as the Philips DVDR3455H/37. The Rockbox.org is a UI replacement project for music players, and MythTV could do the same for DVRs.
  • MythTV Frontend on Windows Mobile. Since a frontend is working on Windows, a Windows Mobile version could be promising, One challenge might be a touch interface.

Platforms are the hardware and operating system setups that actually run the Myth applications. This section should track the request to support platforms other than the default x86 PC environment. This would include console ports like X-Box and PS3.

Ideas with response

this defeats the purpose of a PVR, add a menu item to launch a non-buffering tv program in place of Myths "watch tv" item - This is better stated as a request for "fast channel changing" or "no 2 second delay". Current workaround is to switch channel changing behavior to "browse mode", but actually having "fast channel changing" would really help new user acceptance of mythtv.
Alas, "fast channel changing" in the sense these people mean it is next to impossible to accomplish in an MPEG decode-reencode environment, and note that digital cable STB's don't do it, either...
What about channels on the same multiplex or user with an idle tuner card? Would be nice if user is in browse mode and channels are already locked when he hits OK.
(uhm... can you spell l-a-w-s-u-i-t?) NEVER going to happen with core Myth
Why not just implement some way of sharing what channel/recording you're watching? Could be something like altering your jabber status message to 'Watching XXX on MythTV' where XXX could be a channel unique identifier (UK:Channel 4, US:CNN etc) or the name of the show (if its a recording). MythTV could grab your friends list, show only those of the same format (ie. MythTV updates) so you can see what your mates are watching. You could even chat with people on the same channel as you!
Very distro dependant, apt-get solves 99% of the problem for most folks (those who are *using* packages, maybe... --Baylink)
PackageKit? It was created to solve exactly this kind of problem! --andy_js
  • Action sound, a short confirmation 'blip' to say that a keypress was received and is 'being processed'
This is difficult to achieve without implementing and requring all audio devices to be routed through an ALSA mixer (which has its own issues at the moment) --- As a work around, look on the backend setup screen. There is a config option for "Execute command when key pressed" (or something like thing) that you can configure to play a sound
  • Ability to rename existing recordings. As an example, one might record PBS's "Nova" each week and wind up with a dozen recordings entitled "NOVA", but otherwise distinguished only by date. The nice-to-have would be the the ability for the user to name them things like "Mt McKinlley (nova)", "Sea Mammal Rescue (nova)".... and whatever else.
This sounds more like a deficiency in listings data rather than anything MythTV has control over.
  • Ability to set Reminders/ autoview from TV guide. It would be nice if you could setup up reminders in the TV guide for upcoming programmes. I imagine the reminder dialogue could be added to the schedule recordings screen. It would also be nice if this reminder had the options to "autoview" automatically tuning the tv card to the channel at the start time (similar to sky +).
This defeats the purpose of a DVR. You're setting alerts that 'you need to watch this now', rather than recording it so you can watch it later at your leisure.
  • Jump point to quit the application. This will allow a single remote command to quit from anywhere, particularly useful for a frontend/backend machine running mythwelcome which is set to turn itself off when idle.
    • You can run `irexec` with the command `killall mythfrontend`. (or `killall mythfrontend.real` on ubuntu)
    • You can run `irxevent` to send the keystroke 'Alt-F4'.
  • ADD easy function to delete a program from the command line.
    • Could be easily done in a couple lines of perl/python using the respective bindings.


Already implemented

  • UserRemoveJobs. See UserJobs. These commands should be run when removing an episode.
see r23012
  • It would be cool to have an event oriented socket available on backend. When an event happens, like start recording, etc... it would be written to socket, so any app could read from it and show on any way (an applet on gnome/kde/windows/mac os x, an email, a sms, etc...).
see r23012