[mythtv-users] Dual tuners with different channels

Adam Biskobing tv at badmoon.com
Tue Dec 7 22:27:47 UTC 2004

Randy Carpenter wrote:
>>>>1. Is there a way for MythTV to detect if the cable box power is on, and 
>>>>turn it on if necessary? Simply leaving the cable box on all the time is 
>>>>not necessarily an option, as sometimes the cable company uploads firmware 
>>>>upgrades, and that causes the box to reboot, and sometimes shutdown.
>>It can't necessarily detect if the cable box is on.  Does your cable box 
>>have descrete codes for turning on and off or just a toggle code.  If 
>>descrete, you could just send the power on command as part of your 
>>channel changing script.
> No discrete code is available. If there is no way to tell what the state 
> of power is, then I might be out of luck, and not able to even use MythTV. 
> I will be stuck with the crappy cable DVR (yuck).  How do others deal with 
> this issue with cable boxes and satellite receivers?

I use DirecTV and it has never been an issue, either they do not update 
the box or they have never turned it off on me.  I would recommend 
purchasing your open cable box, I think this is legal again now.

>>>>2. I want dual tuners, but don't want to hassle with 2 boxes. If I connect 
>>>>a digital box with an IR blaster (giving me channels 2-78 analog, and 
>>>>100-300+ digital), and I have a second tuner card with just analog cable 
>>>>(2-78) coming in, can MythTV be configured to handle this? Recording 
>>>>digital channels would need to default to the first tuner, but the first 
>>>>tuner would also need to be able to record analog stations, in the event 
>>>>that 2 analog stations needed to be recorded at the same time. I 
>>>>understand that I cannot have dual tuners on digital stations. This is ok, 
>>>>as I record very little from the digital stations.
>>Yes, this can be done.  One caveat, if you are using DataDirect you will 
>>probably need to create two lineups.  One for the analog channels and 
>>one for the digital channels.  You may need to use different zipcodes 
>>(just use the next closest zip code to you) in order to create two cable 
> There are 2 separate lineups for my cable company for digital, and 
> non-digital, so that should not be an issue.  Is MythTV smart enough to 
> handle the 2 different lineups? For example, if it needs to record an 
> analog station, and a digital station, will it know to use the analog-only 
> tuner for the analog station and the digital for the digital station?
> There are many scenarios I can think of that could seriously confuse the 
> software, since there are different channels on each tuner.
> -Randy
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