want to do live tv over wifi any ideas???

michelle21

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Jun 29, 2007
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My new sourceforge.net project, mobile media content client (mmc
client) for the Iphone (tenative name) seeks to discover and stream
whatever video / audio resources someone has on their network to the
iphone (and other devices). its a subproject to another project of
mine which does something similar for laptops. (that project page is
here www.distributed-home.com/wordpress), I still need to put up a
page for the new one, I;m thinking of using .mac.

It uses a server written in java to gather the resources , and a light
weight javascript client similar to iui, but very little processing is
done in the client.


Already using ssdpd and dns-sd, (bonjouir) I can stream iphone format
appropriate content from several very popular dlna servers,
twonkyvision and elgato eyeconnect, before I release 1.0 I am hoping
to hoping to support nero as well. Using the interface, you can easily
switch between content on multiple servers, and play them on the
iphone, there is also a customizable page for the dvdcover,
discription and other info.


Before 1.0 I plan to add support to show what is on tivo's you may
have, unfortunately you can't play content because not only would it
have to be decrpted on the fly but also transcoded to h264 or mp4 for
playback on the iphone, or wmv for playback on windows mobile. Still I
think it might be useful to show whats on the tivo, and tie it into
one of the popular video seach engines to get cover art and a
symnobis.


Some of us still have replaytv's, and it might include that too, I
have some code I wrote a long time ago for showing whats on that, and
since its mpeg I might be able to transcode it on the fly to mp4 with
resonable speed.
Not sure what demand there is nowadays, with hd and all. Would anyone
find that feature useful? What other video / audio content do you have
you might want to see???? Be interested in hearing.


I'd also like to stream live tv, I think this is technically feasible,
and wonder if anyone is working along the same direction.


Live tv would have to be an http stream , not rstp, and would have to
be in a quicktime compatable format, as a test I'd like to come up
with a way to get NasaTV to stream, all nasatv quicktime streams use
rstp , with quicktime streaming server.


I know that videolan can do transcoding and live http streaming, and
it has been used successfully to stream tv, but VLC's quicktime and
h264 support is not all that good.


I'm just opening this to discussion to get some ideas, if anyone wants
to join this project send me an email I may consider adding
developers. You need java and ajax experience.
 

iAmLegend

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I know nothing about any of this, but can you set it up so I can watch basic cable channels like NBC & ABC on the iPhone? That would be great.
 

meagain

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Nov 18, 2006
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Michelle - Do you think it's possible to get Real Player live feeds (CBS's Big Brother house) on the iPhone? If that's even remotely possible, I'm in.
 

michelle21

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Jun 29, 2007
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Michelle - Do you think it's possible to get Real Player live feeds (CBS's Big Brother house) on the iPhone? If that's even remotely possible, I'm in.
real player uses a rtp format.

The iphone only supports a limited number of formats, so I have to say no, if it is possible it would have to be transcoded on the fly before hitting the phone, so I don't think thats very good for live tv.

But, I'm amazed at what I'm finding the quicktime player on the phone will do if given a little nudge.

However , I think somekind of live tv, not real player may be possible.
 

meagain

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Darn - I'd settle for a delay but if not possible - oh well.

Either way - I appreciate what you're doing for all of us (except me). LOL