On 12/12/2010 19:24, VDR User wrote:
On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 9:46 AM, Paul Menzel
<paulepan...@users.sourceforge.net>  wrote:
Having epg in a DB (sqlite,mysql) might also be nice.

You are going to find a lot of opposition to this.  Thinking of sql, I
don't recall ever hearing anyone suggest VDR using it would be a good
idea but I have heard people will look into other options if it ever
did go that route (as mythtv uses currrently).

That is why Steffen wrote to make it a plugin.

EPG support falls into the category of the most basic functionality.
I'm not convinced things like this belong as optional plugins to be
honest.  Some things, such as VDR's attachment to FF cards, make sense
as plugins.  But it seems the automatic answer to everything is 'make
it a plugin' now.  So is VDR to become merely a plugin manager with no
actual core functionality anymore?  Is it wise to have VDR rely on
plugins to be usable at all?  These types of questions deserve
consideration when you want to walk on slippery slopes.

Remember that for example in france the DVB-T stream EPG contains only the actual program and the next program. So it is hardly useable at all.

You now have most other video recorder code that use xmltv one way or other (tvheadend, myth, ...). I like VDR because it is simple but OSD is so poor that it need to be integrated in something else (xine, xbmc) to provide a decent GUI and then you need a bunch of plugins (streamdev, epgsearch, ...). Plus there is almost no up-to-date documentation for plugins, or only in german, no centrailised source repositories because of the plugins are developped elsewhere...

So I second this post and think that decent epg is a basic feature for searching program and programmed recording based on epg and that dvb-t based stream is not the right way to go because it will contain very few infos in most countries.

For those on linux, look at what qmagneto does and imagine it can talk to vdr to program recordings... I use it in cunjunction with mpalyer --dumpfile -dumstream to record IPTV streams.

-- eric

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