[mythtv] [PATCH] Channel preset hack

John Hurliman jhurliman at myrealbox.com
Fri May 16 12:55:59 EDT 2003

Marc Kessels wrote:

> 2. every city has its own frequency table. At home I would type 46(-) 
> for NL1 and at my parents I would have to type 23... 

That's no different than anywhere else. Every city, and even different 
cable companies in the same city have different shows on different channels.

> 3. we even have channels which are not identified by numbers alone: we 
> also have programs on E2, as well as on channel 2 (so again, what 
> would I get when I press '2'. 

What about having the numeric channels show up first (in a list) 
followed by the channels with alpha characters? You could still use 
channel+ channel- keys to scroll to them, and unless your remote is a 
keyboard you couldn't quickly navigate to E2 anyways (even if your 
remote was a keyboard this shortcut would bring up the EPG or some other 
myth shortcut rather than going to the E2 channel).

> 4. European TV's do not expect channels, but presets: channels can 
> only be entered in the menu, not directly from the remote. Some TV's 
> do not even care about channel numbers, They just use the frequency. 
> (I know, MythTV should not be compared with a TV, but I would 
> appreciate it when I could type the same numbers on my remote to see 
> the same channels)
> So, I am afraid your recommendation should go to the cable companies, 
> but until they change (and they never will), we are not able to join 
> the rest of the world.
> I am sorry, but that is the situation here...
> Marc
> At 17:19 16-5-2003, you wrote:
>> On Fri, May 16, 2003 at 02:43:43PM +0200, ramon.roca at xcombo.com wrote:
>> > We don't have the A-Z at the remotes, so that's why the hack... 
>> Thanks again
>> > Ben for this w/a.
>> > That hack clearly does that well, but... (and that's my question) 
>> Would not
>> > be easier to just use chanid, which is already a number and is 
>> there, and
>> > then setup a preference for using it while changing the channels, I 
>> haven't
>> > looked to the source for this yet, but seems less agressive since 
>> does not
>> > require additional columns to the database, maybe that will require 
>> a more
>> > intrussive patch to the code?.
>> How about joining the rest of the civilized world and just using the 
>> real
>> channel number? Is it really *that* much of a pain to not have your 
>> very own
>> unique channel ID?
>> Channel # -> Frequency, just like the rest of us.
>> >
>> > Ramon.
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