First of all, I am relatively new to LinuxMCE, and my experience has been very good. I have been using it successfully for a few weeks now, and have come up with a feature request...
I have done a great deal of research about recording premium HD signals, and without going into details, I'll just say that it is not possible. LinuxMCE has a very nice workaround for live TV that allows you to switch to the direct source and watch in HD with no latency.
I think that LinuxMCE has the potential to have another really nice workaround that involves recording premium HD content. This is not even that original of an idea, it is just an expansion of something already in production. Currently, if you want to watch something like ESPN in HD, you can use MythTV's guide to tune to that channel, and then use LinuxMCE to switch to the direct source. That is very nice, and user friendly, so I think we should come up with a way for recording to work the same way IF you have a cable/satellite provided HD DVR. The way it would work, is you would look through the MythTV guide, and find a show on ESPN in HD, and you would simply hit the record button on your remote control. LinuxMCE would then send the necessary commands to your HD DVR to record that show on to the HD DVR. The program would show up in your recorded shows in MythTV, and LinuxMCE, and you would be able to watch it in standard def that way, and then you would select direct from source much similar to the way that you would with live TV.
One obstacle would be communicating with the cable/satellite provided HD DVR at the level that would be required for this operation. One possible work around for this, would be for LinuxMCE to simply tune the provided HD DVR to the appropriate channel just before the show is scheduled to begin, and then send the record command. There are several more obvious obstacles to overcome, but does anyone think that something like this would even be possible?
Thanks in advance for any responses (positive or negative).