[vdr] Any progress on an XBMC frontend to VDR?

Michal Dobrzynski michal at appl.com.au
Wed Mar 23 23:46:31 CET 2005


> AFAIK LinVDR starts in 25 seconds, shuts down in 10.
> Still not that fast, but I could live with that.
>
I use Debian rather than the LinVDR distribution. I'm not sure what the 
current version of LinVDR supports but when I last looked at it it 
didn't support my hardware very well.

> The so called killer application. It has only one problem: its 
> proprietary.
> There will always be people who will work on an open solution.
>
What makes it proprietary? XBMC is GPL'd and available at 
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xbmc/

If you are referring to the XBox hardware than that is no more 
proprietary than any of the DVB cards supported by Linux/VDR.

If on the other hand you are referring to the development environment 
then you are abolsultely correct. However progress is being made to 
rectify this with OpenXDK (http://sourceforge.net/projects/openxdk/).

> To sum it up: you got yourself a proprietary solution and now you are
> frustrated that VDR does not support it?
>
It's not as proprietary as you make it out to be and it's quite the 
opposite. I'm frustrated that it doesn't support VDR. I don't mention 
this on the XBMC forums because it is VDR users who stand to benefit 
the most and not XBMC users (at least that's my belief).

> I do not know if any VDR to XBMC exists. You probably already asked
> Google for it I assume. Somewhere rings a bell, but probably because
> this XBMC question was asked before.
>
There's basically nothing but some attempts made in the past. as soon 
as I have the necessary software I may see if anything can be done 
about that. it seems to me that It should at least be possible to 
create a fully functional interface using python scripting and SVDRP. 
Live and recording replay is another story altogether.

> Besides that I wonder if the XBox is really that much cheaper than an
> epia board with small harddisk plus dvd rom.

Wonder no more. You can get 2 XBox's for the price of an epia board 
with NO hard disj or DVD-Rom. You can get 2 Xbox's for the price of a 
single full featured DVB card. In fact you can get an XBox at about the 
same price as a decent Linux supported Budget DVB-T card. For the money 
I've spent trying to get a PC to do the job reasonably I could have had 
about 10 XBox's AND a VDR server with 4 budget DVB-T cards in it.

Regards,
Michal




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