What i was saying is, the UI is fully distributed, able to be used on virtually every display surface in the house.
For example, once i do my exposition of MythTV data, i'll be able to expose a full EPG, and scheduler to the Orbiter, so you could use your cell phone to schedule TV shows, for example.
I fully agree with you on this one. I noticed an article on the wiki about using MythWeb, which seems to me to be counter-MCE as it means you end up with two Web interfaces to play with. Certainly, I (personally) wouldn't want to be adding any plugins that had a UI that I couldn't fully integrate (once I've learned how). TVWish (which I mention coz it looks SO cool) is based (I think) on a file. I guess it's about "back end" functionality-adding plugins, verses front-end interface plugins.
Is there a data dictionary anywhere for the MCE database? I couldn't find one on the Wiki, but then maybe I wasn't looking hard enough
It seems to me from what I've read that understanding the database is key to understanding MCE and adding functionality.
Myth works with ATSC and DVB, but also analogue sources. VDR only works with DVB (currently) - if you only intend to use DVB, then this isn't relevent, as both do the job.
Myth is more feature-full out of the box, VDR is pretty "thin" although there are plenty of plugins to extend it.
VDR is far better integrated with LinuxMCE than Myth. When using Myth it is pretty obvious that you are entering completely different software when you choose TV. VDR looks almost seemless - the only real give away is the OSD, which is slowly being reduced and should be phased out completely in favour of LinuxMCE menus in due course.
VDR specifically targets DVB and so natively uses its features, like OTA EPG, etc, and will allow for seemless integration of multiple DVB-T/C/S tuners in one system with a combined interface.
I see, this leads me to a real dilemma! It looks like I'm going to have to do the one thing I was trying to avoid and actually try them both
I want to end up with a single integrated system (so VDR) BUT I will be starting with a sky STB with an analog capture card (so Myth?). I will be adding some DVB-S cards later (either) but will have to keep the STB for the Sky encrypted channels. Adding in my desire for a couple of plugins (which I haven't fully researched for VDR yet) and it looks like I will have to forgo the full integration for the time being - although I'm sure that folks are working hard to tie them together. We as a family also have a couple of iPod Touches and iPhones which we want to use (hence my support for the concept of an iOrbiter). There are plugins for Myth which transcode media for the iPhone/Touch and publish these as an RSS feed which iTunes can pick up. Are there similar facilities available for VDR?
I did (briefly) consider going Mythbuntu initially, as I'm not interested in telephony, HA, Security etc. (at first) but having to give up the whole Orbiter concept, not to mention using a WiiMote as a gyro-mouse is just too painful
Only real question relates to recorded (off air) material. Does this show up in the media library alongside ripped media or do I have to browse that separately?
Of course, if anyone can explain to me / point me at a Wiki page that explains how to get VDR to work in this configuration - I'm all ears! I know Andrew has already indicated that my analog card with VDR will struggle with EPG data and has pointed me at a couple of resources concerning that, but has anyone actually managed it?
I am well aware of, and very grateful for, the work the devs put in on this project. I can also fully understand Thom's (and other's) frustrations with people jumping in and asking questions about hacking the system away from it's intended development course. I just wish I had more development skills to join you guys and help out - sadly I'm a little long in the tooth to start learning a completely new (and complex) development environment without an "idiot's guide to MCE development". I will spend some time reading the development guides however and if I am able to contribute, I most certainly will .