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« on: March 27, 2006, 04:29:24 pm »
Why are there three media players in pluto?

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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2006, 07:16:36 pm »
VLC is used to stream media to multiple rooms ie synced playback and follow around.
Xine is used for DVD playback and single room. Could be removed as vlc has everything xine dose. Think its the dvd option that keeps it in

MythTv is for TV watching and recording. Again vlc could do thi , but myth has all the tv guides and is a really good program for TV. VDR is also included but i've never got it to work with my digital terestial card (i'm in the UK)

Hope that clears it up abit

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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2006, 02:40:07 am »
Thanks sp00nhead.

Do you know if there are plans to reduce the number of media players (make things simpler)?

Looking into mythTV it to can play DVD, I don't know what it is like compared to Xine. That would mean only the sync playback functions of VLC need to be replicated and as mythTV is already distributed (networked) wouldn't it make sense to extend mythTV

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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2006, 04:15:36 am »
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Thanks sp00nhead.

Do you know if there are plans to reduce the number of media players (make things simpler)?

Looking into mythTV it to can play DVD, I don't know what it is like compared to Xine. That would mean only the sync playback functions of VLC need to be replicated and as mythTV is already distributed (networked) wouldn't it make sense to extend mythTV


I think that the way of thinking for Pluto is that consumers should be given the choice of what technologies (and products) they use in their house and Pluto provides the glue to integrate and manage them.
This is certainly true for things like lighting systems and security systems and should therefore also extend to media players and other software based technologies.
I think that this is certainly the most flexible way to approach things, but it will inevitably mean that some technologies will not be as fully exploited as they could be with a tighter, more focussed, integration with the framework.
This is one of the things that attracted me to pluto though, as undoubtedly there will be other technologies that get created in the future and the integration of these to Pluto should be as painless as possible without upsetting any of the existing integrated technologies.

The end result to the user should be a familar interface to any of the technologies in use without having to know what those technologies are or how they are implemented.

These are just my thoughts however, and someone from Pluto should feel free to confirm or correct them if they see the need.

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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2006, 11:35:49 am »
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VLC is used to stream media to multiple rooms ie synced playback and follow around.
Xine is used for DVD playback and single room. Could be removed as vlc has everything xine dose. Think its the dvd option that keeps it in

MythTv is for TV watching and recording. Again vlc could do thi , but myth has all the tv guides and is a really good program for TV. VDR is also included but i've never got it to work with my digital terestial card (i'm in the UK)


this is true.
every player has his own job.
if there's an option to use only one player that does all the jobs we might want to reconsider the use of multiple players.