Another version of this that would be to have 6 DVB-T tuners and just have them record all six UK mux's (in other countries you might need more or less tuners to achieve this) 24-7. Then the concept of scheduling a timer disappears completely! You would just configure the size of the TV buffer to the number of days you want ie 10 days would keep a rolling buffer 'window' of 10 days into the past. A 10 day buffer would be about 3Tb for the UK in SD...today a very affordable amount of storage. With this in place you would just browse around the EPG (or search it) and when you found a program you liked say from last 'Tuesday' you'd just select it and press 'Play'...because it would already be in the Media Library. Any programs you wanted to keep beyon the 10 day rolling window could be 'flagged' for keeping and then the system would not delete them as it removed older recordings.
We have done a lot of performance testing on continuous recording from 6 tuners and so we know that part if no problem whatsoever. In many ways this is pretty simple to implement compared to scheduling timers and all that that entails. From a users point of view its a dream as everything the y could possibly want to watch has already been recorded for them ;-)
All the best
I have been pondering about something like that too and think it's a wonderful idea.
Yeah...its an intriguing idea as it makes the need to understand how to record or remember to record TV shows go away. That whole side is invisible to the user and line between live TV and recorded TV disappears completely.
I thought you guys were already doing that for customers? I remember you talking about it a bit quite a long time ago, maybe that was just testing and I assumed you were using it in production. Its a great idea for countries that use the muxes in the same way as the UK, ie fully shared amoung providers, but in locations (like AU) where a channel is allocated to 1 provider, and they can mux (or not) other channels... in other words, this proliferates the number of channels needed and therefore DVB tuners... damn! The other angle is there are a lot of HD channels here .... one reason I guess why they didn't use proper mux sharing, and the HD channels obviously will chew threw the hdd space faster... the average SD channel here transmits at around 6Mb/s (which is relatively high compared with most pay/cable services) whilst the average HD channel is at least 13Mb/s, sometimes as high as 15Mb/s .... I still want everything recorded tho
so maybe I start looking into it anyway.... lots of disks!
Andrew, was thinking about this yesterday, I have a recording of a channel that I know uses muxes, how to I switch between the channels in the recording when using VDR?