[kwlug-disc] mythtv hardware

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Thu Jan 20 18:16:56 EST 2011


On Thu, 2011-01-20 at 17:52 -0500, John Van Ostrand wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> > I had assumed that a remote IVR device was required because I put a
> > movie in and couldn't get the keyboard to select 'play'. I guess I
> > just
> > need to figure out how to do that.
> 
> In fact you need to know how to get LIRC to work. It maps remote buttons to keystrokes based on the active applications. So play can work differently with mplayer than with another player.
> 
> > However for this case I think we want a remote. It's going in the home
> > gym so we can download spin videos and similiar while on the
> > treadmill/bike. Unless I create a treadmill keyboard
> > holder........That's gonna cause an accident though :).
> > 
> > Ideally I'd like to be able to switch between watching stored movies,
> > live cable tv, and internet movies (like those downloadable spin
> > videos)
> > all from one box.
> 
> LIRC set up can take a little time. You run a program, point the remote at the IR receiver and the screen displays the keystrokes. You can use any remote. I bet you could even use two different remotes at the same time.
> 
> The Hauppauge PVR-350/250/150 comes with a remote and an IR receiver. You can also get an IRBlaster/Reciever in either serial or USB for about $20.

The latest versions of MythTV (Mythbuntu to be precise), are pretty much
plug and play for standard IR remotes like this one Adam previously
mentioned:

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=17_242&item_id=027737

-and for XBMC as well, as I recently and pleasantly discovered.

The keyboard mappings on MythTV are "UNIX-like" in their anti-intuitive
nature to say the least
(http://www.mythtv.org/docs/mythtv-HOWTO-11.html ).  A good remote is a
must.  Also, I find using VNC from a laptop for the odd typing job is
handy.  And for the Android fans, there is Mythmote
( http://code.google.com/p/mythmote/ ).  I see it as a way to get to 0
remotes for the home entertainment system.
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