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b166er

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Hi,
Just wondering, I'm about to upgrade TV to digital (I know, slow or what...and I'm normally an early adopter :lol: )
Well, do I get an internal card, or do I get a STB? (already got PVR250)
Are there any problems controlling a STB with the MCE remote?
Can I get interactive services with either a STB or PCI based DVB-T solution?
I know you can't get interactive with MCE unless using a STB, but I'd really rather a PCI tuner, that way I get 2 tuners.
I've searched for Freeview STB's that use RC5/6 and can't seem to find any information anywhere...(maybe this isn't relevant with MediaPortal)
I've also hunted high and low for the possibilities of using digital interactive services with HTPC/PVR's.
Any replies very welcome.
As I can't find anything about this anywhere, it could be a handy thread for anyone asking the same question.
Thanks,
b166er


PS just remembered, in MCE at least, the lack of digital interactive servies is due to no support for MHEG-5. So I guess the question more simply put is; does MediaPortal support MHEG-5?
 

b166er

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Any ideas anyone?

I see this thread has been read 66 times.
Does no-one have any ideas/experiences?
Please, if one of the devs reads this, let us know if we can use Digital Interactive if we are NOT using a set-top box.

I feel woefully inadequate that I can't contribute to this project. And I wish all the best to everyone who does contribute. I don't want this to sound like a begging letter, and believe me when I say I think it's awesome that people put so much of their free time into helping others. I also do this, but i'm no software engineer ;p
 

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    Hi there...

    dont worry posts get read lots... but you need the right people to read them :)

    as far as the interactive (MHEG5) feature goes... there is none currently, however i do believe that there are a few posts in the forum saying that it will be supported at a later date, however there are a few more pressing things to do first. im sure it will be supported eventually tho... not that that helps you currently :)

    as far as controlling set top boxes go im sure there are lots of people on here that use the mce remote and blaster to do that, so although i have no experience of doing it, im pretty sure there are lots that do use this feature.

    i dont know if the reply helps or not...

    thanks

    Steve
     

    preetkk

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    hi,
    is there a date for when someone will add interactive support (i would probly donate aswell then as thats the only reason i want to use mediaportal)

    thanks

    thought i'd add to this thread instead of starting a new one
     

    funkstar

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    You could always look at other opensource implimentations from similar projects to MediaPortal to see what they did. If i remember right, the MythTV MHEG code originally started out as an open source Java MHEG utility. Of course its likely that it barely resembles that code at all now, but i think that allowed them to better understand what was required etc.
     

    McGoober

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    MythTV has a great start to a MHEG interface, thanks for the tip funkstar. I'm working on the port as we speak and it's one complicated beast ;).
    :D
     

    ingenious

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    MythTV has a great start to a MHEG interface, thanks for the tip funkstar. I'm working on the port as we speak and it's one complicated beast ;).
    :D

    Could this project source be of use...

    http://redbutton.sourceforge.net/

    Your correct it does look complicated judging from this implementation which is stated as not been complete however functional.
     

    McGoober

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    My original plan was to port the redbutton source, which does provide a full ASN1 (DER) -> MHEG5 decode implementation (which is a good start) but the code needed to do this is very C specific, which means I'd have to rewrite TONS!. I will however, probably use the code for carousel reading (rb-download), which I don't think is in MediaPortal yet, but I could be mistaken.

    Just a quick update I'm about 1/4 way through the Free MHEG library port. Once that is complete I was going to write two plugins for MP. One for the new TV Server to provide carousel objects as a sort of HTTP server and one for the frontend as the actual MHEG browser. Anyone got any other ideas?
     

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