[Fixed] Mythtv.app on AppleTV - playback controls not working

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[Fixed] Mythtv.app on AppleTV - playback controls not working

Post by acodring » Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:42 pm

[Edit: Pretty much within minutes of posting this I got a notification from the developer's AppleTV TestFlight account that a beta version of the app was available. It resolved the problem immediately. Apparently an Apple TV OS update broke something. Kudos to the dev for continuing to support this app and apologies to anyone who wasted brain cycles thinking about this on my behalf.]

I've been mostly using the 3rd party Mythtv.app on AppleTV in our house. I resolved stuttering not too long ago with a new mythbackend HDD and it seemed to be working great again until the last week.

Now, I can't control playback after I start watching a show. I wasn't paying close enough attention to know if it was an AppleTV, mythbackend, or ubuntu update that might have started the problem.

I can open the mythtv.app, view the list of programs, and select one for playback.
Playback works as expected at first but if I try to play/pause or skip it has no effect.
The UI does show that it knows I've pressed the remote trackpad, but playback just keeps going.
If I hit the Menu button it would normally take me back to the list of programs, but it only takes me back out to the AppleTV home screen.
If I re-open the mythtv.app it resumes playback immediately, even if I've rebooted mythtvbackend inbetween.
The only way to stop playback is to restart the AppleTV.

I thought it must be related to the Services API so I've been focused on troubleshooting on my backend machine - flailing around with things like - netstat; cat /var/log/mythtv/mythbackend.log | grep Listening; and changing mythbackend setup IP settings. So far none of my changes have improved the situation.

I did notice that mysql was unhappy with the recordedseek table and that repair had failed so in the spirit of randomly flailing I started #mythutil --checkrecordings --fixseektable. It looks like that will take a while to finish...

Anyone have suggestions to direct my troubleshooting?

#sudo apt show mythtv
Package: mythtv
Version: 2:31.0+fixes.202010122044.eb3c84de5f~ubuntu18.04.1
Priority: optional
Section: graphics
Maintainer: MythTV Ubuntu Maintainers <ubuntu-mythtv@lists.ubuntu.com>
Installed-Size: 87.0 kB
Depends: default-mysql-server | virtual-mysql-server | mysql-server-5.7 | mysql-server-5.6 | mariadb-server, mythtv-database, mythtv-frontend, mythtv-backend, ntp | time-daemon | ntp-simple
Suggests: mythtv-doc
Download-Size: 78.6 kB
APT-Manual-Installed: yes
APT-Sources: http://ppa.launchpad.net/mythbuntu/31/ubuntu bionic/main amd64 Packages
Last edited by acodring on Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Mythtv.app on AppleTV - playback controls not working

Post by hackman » Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:32 pm

A recent tvOS update broke the app. There is a new build of the MythTV app currently waiting for review by Apple that addresses the problem. Hopefully it will be released in coming days.

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