On 02/23/2012 04:50 PM, Dominic Evans wrote:
I remember seeing patches for marking channels as identical in terms
of EPG (so e.g., a DVB-S version of the channel can automatically
share the EPG entries from the DVB-T version), but has anyone worked
on a patch for identifying simulcasting channels, or even had some
preliminary design thoughts for how one could be implemented?
I can imagine at least the following two use cases:
1) When watching live TV, channel '1' automatically selects the 'best'
available version of 'BBC One London' depending on available tuners -
e.g., rotating through BBC One HD (DVB-S2), BBC One (DVB-T2), BBC One
(DVB-S) and BBC One London (DVB-T). This is much more intuitive than
having to manually find an available broadcast of the channel.
2) For recordings, if a timer needs to start a recording on 'BBC One
London', depending on its priority and a 'required quality' attribute
it will similarly locate a tuner to make the recording with. Assuming
it needs the DVB-S2 tuner for HD, if someone with lower priority is
currently watching live TV on BBC One HD via DVB-S2 (and only one HD
tuner is available) then they will be transparently switched down to
the next available tuner quality.
This is an interesting topic and I have had exactly the same ideas. But
I think this violates Klaus's "Keep it simple" philosophy and (as usual)
I tend to agree with him.
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