Yesterday I started playing with a backend I found in the XBMC forums.
It's only a 2MB .deb file and runs happily on my 8.10 testserver.
For me it does what VDR and MythTV never made possible... I never get them patched correctly and in the end I just run in to dependency issues. All I want is to see the channels I pay for on all my MD's.
It has a webgui for setting up, and it's just way to easy to set up... I started thinking "is this a joke?".
With only 2MB, it is able to detect my DVB card (i had installed S2API drivers), and it was identified as a DVB-C card and I could select cable providers. I selected Norway, Canal Digital. And it added a few transponders. It did not have all (like any other software I have seen) but then things started happening in the monitoring window. It was scanning the transponders automatically, auto detecting new transponders and after 1 minute or so it had a complete list of channels and transponders?!?
On the same page there is a Probe button to add channels to the frontends, and when pressing that, it tested every channel for open or encrypted and added only those channels which where open to the frontends.
It even has a integrated Card Client, and I added my Dreambox, which is where my subscription card is located. Now I did a new probe, and it added also the channels I had on that subscription card
The EPG started filling up automatically on all channels and I could record, shows.
All this was done in the webgui. Recordings are done in MKV and play on LinuxMCE.
It even supports recording of my HD channels.
So can this be uses for LinuxMCE? The backend seems complete, the webgui is done, easy to install, no patching, works out of the box... But what about the MD's? Well, it's a backend that streams to any frontend...
It uses HTSP:http://trac.lonelycoder.com/hts/wiki/htsp
Since there is no support for that on LinuxMCE I have tested it on XBMC and I must say I'm impressed! It works
Just added a URL and that was it, I could browse channels and start them. Pause also work.
Since XBMC has VDPAU support the streams where not using much CPU.
On SD channels there was no difference when VDPAU was off, but HD channels where unwatchable without VDPAU.
The backend is called TVHEADEND and you can find it here:http://www.lonelycoder.com/hts/
The online manual is good and you find it here:http://www.lonelycoder.com/hts/tvheadend/docs/2_1/index.html
Lonelycoder also makes a frontend, but I did not like that much.
Does anyone know it the HTSP streams can be added easily to LinuxMCE?