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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by totallymaxed on August 23, 2014, 02:34:23 am »
I was just thinking.... I have no experience with any of the following items but maybe its possible and a good way to tackle the issues from both sides:

* use xbmc as the upnp device/player
* xbmc has the ability of playing liveTV via a PVR backend (mythtv)
* use a xmbc plugin to control linuxmce on screen
* be able to use remotes that come with the / are compatible with xbmc to control xbmc & linuxmce via the plugin
* be able to control xbmc via remote orbiters.

Seems to me the best of both worlds and because since you can 'just' use xmbc you don't have to support the hardware yourself while still being able to use the features discussed above.

We already support Raspbmc in fact - the only thing on your list we don't have is an XBMC plugin to control Dianemo or the control from an Orbiter. But everything else is there. After all once you add Raspbmc to Rpi you have one of the best full featured & open media players you can buy.

All the best

Andy
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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by Esperanto on August 22, 2014, 10:54:24 pm »
I was just thinking.... I have no experience with any of the following items but maybe its possible and a good way to tackle the issues from both sides:

* use xbmc as the upnp device/player
* xbmc has the ability of playing liveTV via a PVR backend (mythtv)
* use a xmbc plugin to control linuxmce on screen
* be able to use remotes that come with the / are compatible with xbmc to control xbmc & linuxmce via the plugin
* be able to control xbmc via remote orbiters.

Seems to me the best of both worlds and because since you can 'just' use xmbc you don't have to support the hardware yourself while still being able to use the features discussed above.
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Users / Re: zwave network lockups/delays
« Last post by coley on August 22, 2014, 05:18:18 pm »
It is probably some HTML/CSS problem that appears in chrome. You could try to use a different browser.
I find firefox to be the best for viewing the advanced zwave page, I found it unworkable with chrome.

-Coley.
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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by totallymaxed on August 22, 2014, 05:06:29 pm »
I think a R-Pi MD would be the best of both worlds. A LMCE-controlled XBMC R-Pi would also be interesting. I can't say I've had many issues with the MDs themselves. Is what your suggesting more reliable simply because it's not running its OS via the cable? Because a media player is still a standalone piece of hardware that can potentially fail.

Cheers,
Matt.

Of course anything can fail due to hardware failures or software issues. But I actually cannot think of the last time we had either problem with a media player - or a SmartTV for that matter. MD's do often fail due to software issues and partially due to their far greater complexity (there's a lot going on under the hood in an MD!) and the somewhat 'creaky' software architecture they are built on (there's a lot in their that no one really understands). The MD is really a big gas guzzling Cadillac of a media player that for most of the time adds no real advantage and lots of disadvantages. Back in the day when MD's were first created there was no alternative - Pluto had to roll their own 'media player'. But now there are alternate approaches that offer many advantages - as long as you don't want to watch live TV via VDR's front-end ot the Myth equivalent.

PXE booting is not in itself unreliable but if your systems needs to go down then with PXE booted MD's they have to go down too - media players don't.

All the best

Andy
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Marketplace / Update - New HTML5 Orbiter & UI Preview **New Images**
« Last post by totallymaxed on August 22, 2014, 04:53:26 pm »
This image and the ones that follow show updated screen captures from our new HTML5 Orbiter. Updated graphics and layouts and both landscape & portrait orientations of the same screen to show how the Orbiter dynamically adapts the layout based on orientation.

Did you spot the bug in this screen and the previous one...?
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Marketplace / Update - New HTML5 Orbiter & UI Preview **New Images**
« Last post by totallymaxed on August 22, 2014, 04:51:52 pm »
This image and the ones that follow show updated screen captures from our new HTML5 Orbiter. Updated graphics and layouts and both landscape & portrait orientations of the same screen to show how the Orbiter dynamically adapts the layout based on orientation.
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Marketplace / Update - New HTML5 Orbiter & UI Preview **New Images**
« Last post by totallymaxed on August 22, 2014, 04:48:53 pm »
This image and the ones that follow show updated screen captures from our new HTML5 Orbiter. Updated graphics and layouts and both landscape & portrait orientations of the same screen to show how the Orbiter dynamically adapts the layout based on orientation.
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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by purps on August 22, 2014, 04:45:16 pm »
Matt - see my earlier post in this thread re LiveTV etc. But the short answer is you can watch live TV via you actual TV - we provide control of the TV for this purpose and you can also watch live TV via any STB's you have controlled by your system too (either locally in the room or sometimes via a video matrix for a larher install where you have centralised STB's distributed through an HDMI Matrix).

Yes you do loose the Orbiter UI on the TV... but you have it instead on your tablet or smartphone instead. The UI then is right in your hand... and you can switch to any room/device and control it without having any TV's on at all...or turn a TV on from tablet/smartphone if you want to etc etc.

All the best

Andy

Gotcha. I always liked the idea of the centralised TV feed, and then TV in other rooms was just an Ethernet cable away. I used to use that extensively (we don't watch TV any more). However I guess you still get that with what you are saying regarding the use of a video matrix.

I have smartphone, jogglers etc running orbiter, so I guess I could live without the onscreen orbiter, however I still use it, but that might just be because it's there.

I think a R-Pi MD would be the best of both worlds. A LMCE-controlled XBMC R-Pi would also be interesting. I can't say I've had many issues with the MDs themselves. Is what your suggesting more reliable simply because it's not running its OS via the cable? Because a media player is still a standalone piece of hardware that can potentially fail.

Cheers,
Matt.
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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by totallymaxed on August 22, 2014, 04:32:16 pm »
hmm. the whole idea (at least mine  :D) is to have all that centered and then stream from one point to the MD's/or other players. Pulling additional cables to tv's is not really an option in my case.
It's not that I don't trust the coverage or even the reliability with all the neighbor and babymonitor interferences but I personally try to decrease the RF exposure of my kids (wifi/gsm). I read so much about it (http://www.electricsense.com/) that I passed the point that I can just ignore it ;).

You don't need to pull additional cables. Just run everything over CAT5/6 - in most cases even if everything is centralised a single CAT5/6 cable is sufficient.

Re Wifi - everyone must take their own position on this. But I have not seen any solid science (including that site you reference) that says wifi signals are harmful or are any worse than the TV, Mobile Phone and dozens of other RF transmissions that 'wash' over us where ever we are in most locations (Amazon or deserts excepted). Even if I dont turn on my wifi router I have 100's of neighbors who have unless I build a faraday cage around my house I can't stop that RF coming in.
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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by Esperanto on August 22, 2014, 03:40:24 pm »
Well if you want to watch Live TV then you can still watch it via your TV itself using its tuner or an external feed from an STB etc. For VDR/Myth then no you cant watch Live TV streamed directly from either of those servers. However with Myth & VDR (I think its tru for VDR) you can watch your recorded shows via upnp and a media player or SmartTV.
hmm. the whole idea (at least mine  :D) is to have all that centered and then stream from one point to the MD's/or other players. Pulling additional cables to tv's is not really an option in my case.

As to wired v wifi - we've found that if you provide enough wifi coverage (ie multiple AP's located throughout your home to make sure coverage is good) then wifi performs well. I would say 95% or more of our installations/users in the last 2-3 years are using wifi because they use smartphones/tablets for their Orbiters.
It's not that I don't trust the coverage or even the reliability with all the neighbor and babymonitor interferences but I personally try to decrease the RF exposure of my kids (wifi/gsm). I read so much about it (http://www.electricsense.com/) that I passed the point that I can just ignore it ;).
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