[vdr] Softdevice or Xine?

tony tony at tgds.net
Mon Sep 26 14:53:41 CEST 2005

Le lundi 26 septembre 2005 à 15:33 +0300, Niko Mikkila a écrit :

> If the MPEG-2 decoder or some other display component in Xine crashes
> on a corrupted packet, VDR would still stay up. Also simultaneous
> recordings wont be interrupted. And even on a "headless" system (you still
> have the head which you use Xine on, don't you), with some scripting,
> you can shut Xine down when you are not actually watching anything,
> but there are recordings going on. This further improves stability.

I have a button on the desktop which when clicked starts xine full
screen and connected to the VDR live TV stream. From then on everything
is controlled via the remote including switch off and playing back
recordings. I have gnome configured to start xine full screen when I
insert a DVD too and from then on everything is controlled via the

The main advantage of running X windows is that the box can be used for
other things than watching TV. And on LCD or DLP projectors the quality
of small text is just fine. My dream is a big LCD and a wireless
keyboard to replace the ugly desk in my SOHO.

> I meant that you don't have to worry about your system being fast enough for
> software MPEG-2 decoding. Our HDTV will be using MPEG-4 AVC format, which
> requires a couple times more horsepower though. I think we'll probably have to
> wait 3-5 years for terrestrial broadcasts.

And then it will be so locked down by DRM that you will need a Nokia box
to see it...


Tony Grant
www.tgds.net - vente d'ordinateurs mini-itx en ligne

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