Dish channel changing Re: [mythtv-users] Feature Suggestions (Tivo)

nate s nate.strickland at
Sat Dec 4 19:21:42 UTC 2004

I've been wondering how exactly something like that would be done for
some time.  Not for the same reason; I was wondering if there might be
some way to control a device, such as a AV switchbox, that does not
have a remote, with relays, but I never really looked in to it.  I'm
curious to know how you did it.


On Sat, 04 Dec 2004 15:27:14 +0000, travis eddy <boscotwo at> wrote:
> for my dish box i custom buildn't a deal and some software.... the deal was
> a parrelle port device that accepted numbers 0-9 and then would fire a relay
> (depnending on the number of course) and that relay had two 30 gaurge wires
> running to the remote.. it works well very well, and yes it is a bit
> primitive, but it works! if you want to try that you can email me, its
> simple to build and the software is really basic.
> -travis
> >From: Steve Bower <sbower at>
> >Reply-To: sbower at, Discussion about mythtv
> ><mythtv-users at>
> >To: mythtv-users at
> >Subject: Dish channel changing Re: [mythtv-users] Feature Suggestions
> >(Tivo)
> >Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 11:29:59 -0500
> >
> > >>>>> "Kevin" == Kevin Hulse <jedi at> writes:
> >
> >Kevin>      Also, the DishTV set top boxes have this nasty habit of
> >Kevin> putting you in a deadend condition if you select the wrong
> >Kevin> channel. This is a problem with Tivo since it neither detects nor
> >Kevin> routes around this problem. The Dish box is basically expecting
> >Kevin> human interaction contrary to the automated responses from the
> >Kevin> Tivo.
> >
> >Kevin>      Tivo wants to spit out full channel numbers and the Dish box
> >Kevin> wants to only get chan-up or chan-down. The end result is a bunch
> >Kevin> of trashed recordings.
> >
> >Kevin>      I was wondering if Myth has any "crash detection" or any
> >Kevin> other methods to route around this sort of problem?
> >
> >Kevin>      For the Dish boxes, I suppose adding a chan-up command as a
> >Kevin> prefix to any explicit channel input would suffice as a
> >Kevin> workaround.
> >
> >Hi Kevin,
> >
> >I did this for a while with my mythtv/dish setup, but it ran into the
> >same issue when the chan-up put me onto a PPV channel...
> >
> >I've been focusing my efforts more on hdtv lately, so I haven't been
> >fiddling with it much recently.
> >
> >Can you access the guide from those screens?  If so, that might be a
> >"works everywhere" thing.
> >
> >Or, we could always grab a still picture of the channel-change banner
> >and OCR it to see if it matches the channel we want to be on.  Or
> >compare the picture with the "bad channel" screen?
> >
> >   Steve.
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