I am very new with MythTV and Mythbuntu (less than two weeks). At the moment this is more of a curiosity question than something I plan to do in the immediate future, but I had an interesting thought.
Let's say you have your primary residence in City A and another location (could be second home, office, relative's home) in City B. And let's say City B has a much better selection of local TV stations. And let's say that you are using something like a HDHomeRun Dual to receive over-the-air TV at your home, but you only get about ten stations (counting subchannels) whereas your location in City B gets closer to 50 stations, plus it's closer to the transmitters for most of those stations.
So here's what I'm wondering: It it possible to link two MythTV backends together so that SELECTED programming recorded on the a backend and HDHomeRun in City B could be transferred to the backend in City A and vise versa?
The idea is that if you are at home and you want to watch a program that is only received reliably in City B, you could set up a Mythbuntu backend there, schedule and record it from a station there, then have it transferred to your backend in City A. Conversely, while you are in City B, you could schedule a program in City A (for example, a local news program) and have it sent to the backend in City B. Note that the idea would be to have only selected programming transferred, not everything that might be recorded on either backend. And you'd obviously want to remove commercials and maybe transcode the programming before sending it across the 'net, particularly if one or both ends has capped internet service.
I realize that there would probably be some way to hack this functionality by setting up a script to look for and transfer files, but that's not what I'm asking. I'm asking if the MythTV backend software itself has any built-in capability to connect to a peer backend system in another location and schedule and share recorded programming. Obviously there would be a lot of potential uses for such capability, if it exists!
What would be really great is if a MythTV frontend could show a schedule grid for both systems, and if you schedule an event for recording and it happens to be coming from the remote system, it would give you the option to transfer it to the local backend and delete it from the remote backend (after recording is finished), transfer it but also leave a copy at the remote, or not transfer it and only leave a copy at the remote. I suppose I am dreaming, but just thought I'd ask if there was any possibility that such capability might exist.