An introduction and comments relating to MediaPortal PVR
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Hi all,

I'm new here. Just set up a Raspberry Pi 2 with Kodi 14.2 (OpenELEC), with the connection to MediaPortal being the killer feature for me.

In fact, I've been a member of the MediaPortal development team for several years now, but I really want to use the lighter hardware/free OS that Kodi permits.

So, I have a lot of experience with MediaPortal under the hood, and hopefully I can make a sensible contribution with that experience. I've also been using MediaPortal as a TV client/server for many years now, so I have a really clear idea of what works and what does not work.

So, I hope no-one will mind if I make some comments and observations that might improve usability.

First of all, 'timer'. If I go into this screen, I cannot see the EPG data. I realise that this is by design, but if I have a series scheduled to record and I have already seen some episodes, I need the EPG data in order to decide if I want to cancel an episode.

Also, the 'new' way of showing the information in this screen in Kodi 15 (Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun and then the time) actually makes it harder to see when the program will record. I find it clearer to just show the actual date/time.

Again, I am not trying to criticise - just to give observations.

Secondly, recording thumbnails. This was a long-standing problem in MediaPortal on a network client for a long time. I think it was eventually fixed with Windows remoting, which may not be any use for Kodi. I guess since you are not using rtsp, so that the recording directory is available as a share, it should be okay to generate thumbs directly from the file. On my Pi, video thumbs are not generated at all, which doesn't help (yes, I found and changed the relevant setting!).

One more thing at the start. MediaPortal generates an xml file for the recording. Sometimes I like to hang on to recordings and archive them into my video library. MediaPortal then reads the info from the xml file for stuff that isn't in themoviedb or thetvdb. I know Kodi can do something similar with .nfo files, but if support could be added for xml files, this would be nice!

I am sure I can come up with more stuff in time, but I figured the first thing to do was get onto the forum and connect with people.

Best wishes,

Mark
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An introduction and comments relating to MediaPortal PVR - by mcelliott - 2015-03-22, 12:46


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