[mythtv] DVD-T UK xmltv ids

Stuart Morgan stuart at tase.co.uk
Sun Jun 5 11:43:25 UTC 2005

On Sun 5 June 2005 11:41, Charlie Brej wrote:
> Ed W wrote:
> > So the table ends up looking something like this (give or take I can't
> > remember the exact syntax)
> >
> > || ID || XMLTV_ID || Chan_Name || Icon
> > || 4212 || bbc1.radiotimes.co.uk || BBC One ||
> >
> > http://www.radiotimes.com/icons/bbc1.jpg
> >
> > || 3223 || ... etc ... ||
> Can someone explain to me why we need the stream IDs in the list? When the
> tuning is done the channel names are picked up automatically anyway and the
> whole thing can be driven off those.

Channel names do change from time to time - best example is TMF which has 
undergone three changes in the last 2 months. IDs remain fairly constant but 
vary region to region for some channels - which leads to your next point.

> Just a simple question of which region you are in in order to set

By using the IDs we shouldn't have to ask that question - the ID tells us 
which region. BUT it appears there may also be different IDs for the same 
regions which means lots of duplication.

One argument in favour of using service IDs is my setup. I have changed some  
channel names, and I doubt that I am alone in that. 

Stuart Morgan

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