Multi-tuners playing on the same screen (not PIP) - Is this possible?

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    Hi all.

    I've been running a WMC box in my home theater for the last year or so. Last weekend I was sitting there watching NCAA tournament on my projected 136 inch screen and loving it.

    Then I started to think how awesome it would be to project all of the games at once. I've got 3 tuners on an HDHR Prime but don't think I've ever seen a way to project all 3 feeds at once. WMC being what it is, I figured I had to look elsewhere. I was hoping that Media Portal might be a solution.



    I see that PIP (picture in a picture) is part of SlimTVClient on MP2 but I wasn't sure if it does exactly what I want. I don't really want PIP - I want 3 TV feeds playing at the same time at the same size (or perhaps one larger and 2 medium sized pictures).

    Is there any way to do this "sports bar" kind of thing? Thanks for your thoughts.
     
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    morpheus_xx Lead Dev MP2

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    MP2 in general supports two players that are active concurrently.
    But in background it supports an unlimited number of players. We use this also for background video.

    This means a plugin could play three or more streams concurrently if wanted, but it has to be developed.
     
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    Exciting! Three more questions:

    Could the windows all be of the same size?

    I'm locked into CalbeCARD thanks to Time Warner. I realize that for me this would depend on if channels were DRMed or not. Any other concerns though with this idea and CableCARD?

    How do I start drunning up support for developement? I doubt I could program it myself - I'm a Web developer & I've never really done any software dev.

    Thanks!
     
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    Presentation is a question of the skin, you can apply the video frame to any control (there is the "VideoBrush" which "paints" the image to control).

    You can check the SlimTV client plugin: the SlimTvHandler takes care for managing streams https://github.com/MediaPortal/Medi...r/SlimTvClient/TVHandler/SlimTvHandler.cs#L51. You see there is a init with "2", but could be extended to more. Each "stream" is separated by a user (user1, user2, userN).

    To support more than 2 players, you would need another VideoBrush, like done for VideoBackground: https://github.com/MediaPortal/Medi...kgroundManager/Models/BackgroundVideoBrush.cs. It only takes care to expose the videoplayer's frames to be painted as texture.

    Best would be to check the source codes for given plugins: SlimTVClient and BackgroundManager (here VideoBackground, it creates own players and brush)
     
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