[mythtv] Dual tuners, LiveTV, why must LiveTV always be interrupted?

Oscar Carlsson oscar.carlsson at home.se
Mon Oct 13 11:35:11 EDT 2003

Hello Joe,

Monday, October 13, 2003, 9:04:08 AM, you wrote:

JV> Well,  okay,  I  guess I'm using the PVR capabilities wrong then. I'm pretty
JV> much  using  it  as a VCR on steroids (and the integrated DVD playback, MAME
JV> frontend,  etc.).  I  find  LiveTV  more  convenient  for  when I'm watching
JV> so-called  "regular  TV",  but then I record things during the day and while
JV> I'm sleeping, and skip the commercials in them.

I agree. Guess I ain't used to using a PVR either :) I feel the same way as you,
I  like  to  channel  surf and find something to look at.. Not used to having to
plan things before I watch it :)

JV> Your  suggestion  of  using  the last card for recording makes sense for me,
JV> using  a  simple  setup  of  two bttv cards, both hooked up to analog cable.
JV> According to what you say though, the logic is complex enough that selecting
JV> the  last  card  will  work  only  in  simplistic situations (like mine, for
JV> example).

JV> I'd like to come up with a solution that works in such a way that it doesn't
JV> break existing functionality, or cause people grief... But of course, at the
JV> same time, I'm kind of greedy, and I don't want to have to patch MythTV with
JV> every new release to make it work for me.

I  know someone else brought it up as well, but also related to this is the need
for  "pseudo"  channels  or whatever you want to call them. If one has an analog
card  and  one  DVB/HDTV  card,  I'd like to be able to specify certain channels
that's the same on both cards. If both of them are free, it chooses the one with
best quality.

This  means  that  if  you  have  two  different  types of cards, there might be
channels  that's  the  same,  but it doesn't have to be all of them.. This would
also mean that you should be able to mix different sources when channel surfing,
without  the  user  actually noticing it (at least that's the way my digital box
works, they don't broadcast all channels digitally, but some are still analouge.
Took  some  time  to figure out why some channels didn't have as good quality as
the rest).

Best regards,
 Oscar                            mailto:oscar.carlsson at home.se

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