[Milkymist-devel] Milkymist as set top box

Jon Phillips jon at fabricatorz.com
Fri Oct 7 01:46:45 EDT 2011

:) Good answer.

I guess I'm asking, what would it take to make milkymist work for
normal people to get media (audio and video) from a computer to a tv,
with the milkymist being at the endpoint connected to a LCD panel with
a ethernet cable.


On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 7:56 AM, Werner Almesberger
<werner at almesberger.net> wrote:
> Jon Phillips wrote:
>> sit on a couch with my laptop and play downloaded videos from my computer
>> and then have them magically appear on a big tv across the room that also
>> has speakers attached to it,
> Hmm, so you've downloaded them to the laptop and want the laptop
> to display them on the TV ? Or are they on some other PC or media
> center ? Or maybe you're streaming them from the Internet ?
> Each scenario has different properties. E.g., in the first case,
> you would have to keep the laptop running all the time and it
> would do battery-hungry work.
> Also, what access barriers would exist for the video material ?
> E.g., DRM, authentication, proprietary codecs, ... ?
>> How can the milkymist help me?
> With its present feature set, I think it won't be overly useful
> for this. It doesn't have wireless communication as common
> denominator out of the box. It currently doesn't have any
> significant video decoding capabilities. Also, the current VGA
> resolution is quite low for many "TV" uses.
> If I wanted quick and dirty video sharing between laptop and TV,
> basically using the laptop as a fancy remote control, I would
> connect a small WLAN-capable PC to the TV, download the video
> material to some WLAN-connected PC, which could be the same PC
> as the one on the TV, and stream to my laptop over NFS and
> When I want to "switch", I would connect from the laptop to the
> TV PC via SSH over WLAN and fire up mplayer with the path name
> of the video. Maybe also with the current position. After that,
> the two playbacks would be independent. E.g., pausing what's
> playing on the TV would not affect the laptop and vice versa.
> Doing the same when streaming from Internet sites like YouTube
> would be more difficult, though.
> - Werner
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