Ok, so my first stab at a low-tech home media distribution project has met with success.
We presently have two sources of entertainment in the house (and in fact the home media server can amuse two of us at once).
UPnP – Universal Plug’n'Play – Using MediaTomb I can presently watch any videos hosted on the server from the comfort of our living room via the PS3. We’ve already discussed that one so I’ll move on to the new adddition.
MeTV (Channel 73) – A small widget converts the VGA output from our media server into a composite feed which is then modulated and inserted on channel 73. The media player has a playlist from which it randomly selects movies and television episodes when not “specifically” directed to play something we want to see.
Any TV in the house can tune into this program and it has no impact on the streamed video being viewed by the PS3 in the living room. (the video is occasionally slightly “jumpy” although I am given to understand this is a problem with Ubuntu 9.04 and hopefully will be cleared up soon).
At present movie selection for this channel can only be accomplished using remote desktop from either of the laptops, but I’m curious to see what other options are out there.
In the meantime I’ll try to get some pictures online to spice these dry entries up a bit.