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Apple TV

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:19 am
by UKenGB
Here's a radical thought. What about MythTV frontend as an app on the latest Apple TV?

Since I want to be sharing iTunes simultaneously to MythTV, I need TVs alongside my MythTV frontends in any case and neither are large so not a huge problem. But how much more elegant would be just the single box, a new 4th gen TV that can access the iTunes shares AND run MythTV frontend to access all the videos/movies from the MythTV backend server. Now that is THE perfect solution. Not to mention anything else that you could be running on the TV.

But even for those with no need of iTunes sharing, what a fantastic piece of hardware to use as a MythTV frontend. Small, neat, obviously capable of any video requirement and cheaper than any PC based hardware. No local storage obviously, but that's not a problem as everything would be on the backend and no different to running say MiniMyth as a diskless frontend.

The more I think about this, the more I like it. So, what are the chances? Has anyone looked into this? Please do, it would be such a great solution. How hard would it be to re-code the frontend as an TV app?

Re: Apple TV

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:37 pm
by pvr4me
One of the problems of having both a forum and a mailing list is that sometimes stuff gets announced/discussed on one and not the other. Yes, an enterprising developer has already released a MythTV frontend for AppleTV 4:

http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/m ... ers/592039

I believe he's charging USD $4. Initial reports from users are quite favourable. I'm very interested but I'm out of hdmi inputs so I need to make some other changes before the new AppleTV makes any sense for me.

BTW, I note that at least one person is successfully playing untranscoded MPEG2 high-def recordings (from US broadcast) via wifi (AC). That surprised a few of us--on two fronts: both codec support and sufficient bandwidth on wireless.

While the ATV4 isn't the cheapest box out there, it is a really promising combination for us Myth users with some other Apple gear.

Craig

Re: Apple TV

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:25 pm
by UKenGB
Many thanks for pointing me to that. Great minds think alike :-)

Now I know about that, I'll have to get an TV.4 now and try it out.

Re: Apple TV

Posted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:53 am
by flitter
Hi,

Does this still exist? I can't find it on the app store

Thanks!

Re: Apple TV

Posted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 1:30 pm
by pvr4me
Flitter wrote:Does this still exist? I can't find it on the app store
You have to search on an AppleTV; TVOS apps are not displayed on other devices. Maybe at an Apple Store or other retailer?

Craig

Re: Apple TV

Posted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:29 pm
by flitter
Thanks - yes I looked on the AppleTV but it's not showing up. There's very few TV apps on the Australian store so it should be easy to see I thought...

Re: Apple TV

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:08 am
by pvr4me
Flitter wrote:Thanks - yes I looked on the AppleTV but it's not showing up. There's very few TV apps on the Australian store so it should be easy to see I thought...
The developer posts on the mythtv-users list, from time to time. Hopefully he won't mind me mentioning that email address here:

bart.lists at whiteley.org

You might try contacting him directly.

Craig

Re: Apple TV

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:41 pm
by flitter
It looks like it's arrived on the Australian app store now, $14.99 well spend as it seems to work really well! (certainly better than the uPNP client I was using!)