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Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Reply #30 on: August 27, 2014, 02:16:41 pm »
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With today's TV's you already have 'smarts' in the TV - just plug a network connection into the TV and it can be controlled from anywhere by any Orbiter. If your TV is slightly too old to have an on-board Network connection then install a Rpi running RaspBMC behind it and you can get all the same capabilities, including CEC control, on your existing TV.

Andrew, could you expand on that a little, mainly on controlling the Rpi and how do you attach it to a room with no MD ?

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Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Reply #31 on: August 27, 2014, 02:57:07 pm »
Andrew, could you expand on that a little, mainly on controlling the Rpi and how do you attach it to a room with no MD ?

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If you have a recent SmartTV with a LAN connection then you can use that LAN connection to both stream HD video and to provide control of the TV too. Dependent on the TV make/model you may also need CEC control as well as this is the only way to turn on a TV from stand-by for example. In Dianemo we place the TV in the required room and then configure pipes to make sure commands & audio etc are routed correctly from the Core to the TV.

If you have an older TV that has no LAN capability then we can use a Rpi with our build of RaspBMC + CEC installed. The Rpi in this case then performs all the functions of the SmartTV above including using CEC control via the Rpi's HDMI port to power on/off and perform other commands/functions eg input select on the TV in some cases or Vol up/down/Mute. Again in Dianemo we place the TV + Rpi in the required room and then configure pipes to make sure commands & audio etc are routed correctly from the Core to, in this case, the Rpi. One of the big advantages of the Rpi is that not only do you get a great media player by installing RaspBMC but you also get a great CEC control device too for free.

You could also use a commercial media player + older TV - but this would not provide CEC control so in most cases the Rpi is the more economic & less complex solution.

There are a few other details in the above arrangements but thats the basis of how we configure systems with SmartTV's or Rpi + older TV's.

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Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Reply #32 on: August 27, 2014, 03:46:41 pm »
Thanks for the explanation Andy.
So if you add a sat box to the same room, controlled by the core, can you configure the the Rpi to switch the TV to the correct input for the sat box?

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Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Reply #33 on: August 27, 2014, 03:53:46 pm »
Thanks for the explanation Andy.
So if you add a sat box to the same room, controlled by the core, can you configure the the Rpi to switch the TV to the correct input for the sat box?

Itsik

Yes you can do that if the TV supports Input select via CEC (which most do). Obviously you need to get the HDMI signal from the STB to the TV but if their in the same room that just needs an HDMI cable. If the STB is remote from the room then you need to get the HDMI signal from the STB in the central rack, to the room, and that can be done with some HDMI over CAT5/6 transceivers (those require a dedicated CAT5/6 cable) or a pair of IP based HDMI over CAT5/6 transceivers that can send HDMI video over a standard gigabit CAT5/6 network cable.

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Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Reply #34 on: August 28, 2014, 05:52:28 pm »
Below is a url to a Youtube video of our new Athena Orbiter in action. The demo uses our new Athena Orbiter - and has a slick dynamic UI etc...but all the non UI based capability is all part of how you can setup systems without MD's and thats the main point of posting this video. I'm posting it here really to show a Dianemo system without any MD's performing various control functions with Internet Radio, iTunes library based music content, Spotify and streaming a ripped movie to and controlling a SmartTV (Panasonic I believe in this case).

http://youtu.be/0KQAeGia26A

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Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Reply #35 on: August 29, 2014, 09:25:49 am »
A Quick question Andy.

Am I correct in assuming that the new orbiter does not work with LMCE ?

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Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Reply #36 on: August 29, 2014, 09:40:11 am »
Itsik,

I asked the same question in a different thread, and the answer is: No, the new Dianemo HTML Orbiter will not work with LinuxMCE for the time being. The integral part of the HTML Orbiter has been ported over to LinuxMCE, so we (LinuxMCE) might be able to get something going as well.

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Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Reply #37 on: August 29, 2014, 11:08:32 am »
A Quick question Andy.

Am I correct in assuming that the new orbiter does not work with LMCE ?

Thnx
Itsik

Athena is not compatible with LinuxMCE due to numerous internal differences. We will have some further news on this shortly.

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Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Reply #38 on: August 29, 2014, 11:11:57 am »
OK, Thank you both.