[mythtv-users] Switching input cards (rather than just inputs on the card)?

Joseph A. Caputo jcaputo1 at comcast.net
Mon Mar 1 11:31:55 EST 2004

On Friday 27 February 2004 18:43, Josh wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org
> [mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Jason Parekh
> Sent: Friday, February 27, 2004 4:13 PM
> To: mythtv-users at mythtv.org
> Subject: [mythtv-users] Switching input cards (rather than just
> inputs on the card)?
> Hello,
> I was wondering if there was a way to switch to a different input
> card when watching Live TV rather than just being able to switch
> inputs on the current card?  Would this be hard to implement?  I've
> searched the archives and mostly found that this feature did not
> exist a few months back, but was just wondering if anyone has
> implemented it?  I need this because I have more than one input card
> with completely different inputs but currently can only watch the
> default input card..
> Thanks
> Jason
> On Friday 27 February 2004 18:43, Josh wrote:
> This is a complete shot in the dark as I've never tried it, but in
> theory once you set up both cards in the setup program and assigned
> them different video sources and such, it would work fine. BUT theres
> a catch, the channels on each card have to be different. This
> wouldn't be so bad for a few channels, but if you're dealing with
> something like digital cable and satellite for example, it would just
> plain suck. If the two cards have unique channels, then whenever you
> tune to a specific channel it should use that card anyway.
> Any particular setup in mind? I'd be interested in seeing how its
> implemented once all the quirks are worked out.
> Josh

I don't think this will work.  When you watch LiveTV, Myth selects a 
particular card (currently 1st available, IIRC).  The only way to get 
LiveTV on a different card would be to mark all the cards before the 
desired card as busy.

The current workaround is to watch an in-progress recording rather than 
LiveTV, but this won't help if you want to channel-surf.


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