[mythtv-users] Adjusting 1 channels start/stop time?

Chad masterclc at gmail.com
Tue Jul 12 19:46:13 EDT 2005

Awesome, thanks for the feedback!  I'll set the global 2 minutes
early, and then set the per-program 3 minutes early.  I'd really like
a per-channel option too, as I generally record "on any channel at any
time" and it's not any channel that does this.  But this will work.


On 7/12/05, Michael T. Dean <mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:
> Chad wrote:
> >I am sure that there are millions of people in my situation. :D  I
> >record Star Trek: The Next Generation (which from here on out will be
> >referred to as TNG) on any channel, at any time.  Which so far
> >basically means I get it solely from Spike TV.
> >
> >The problem I run into is that SpikeTV has got their clocks set by the
> >sun, ntp is too far advanced for them.  So I occasionally get the tail
> >end of Leave it Beaver before settling in for a good 42 minutes of
> >CAPT Picard saving the Federation from a war with the Cardacians.
> >This I can handle, and actually set it up to work this way (read on).
> >However, there are occasions when I sit down with my fresh cup of root
> >beer only to see that I'm in the middle of opening sequence, or even
> >at times, opening credits (which generally come after the first
> >commercial break!).  I've compensated for this by adjusting the global
> >"start early" by (I think) 3 minutes or so.  It works ok about 10% of
> >the time, with "The Beav" doing something boring.  But it seems more
> >often than not I'm 3 or 4 minutes into the episode before it starts
> >recording (I rarely watch LiveTV).
> >
> >Are there any options?  I know I can just move the global bit to start
> >4 more minutes in the future, but I'd rather lose the rare beginning
> >of a show on SpikeTV and get the rest of my flicks on other channels
> >with only about 2 minutes of pre-commercial garbage.
> >
> >So basicall, I am hoping there is a feature I can't find to adjust a
> >specific channels start early stop late times.
> >
> >If not, I can live with it, but it would surely be nice to have this feature.
> >
> >PS:  I've got 3 tuner cards already, so it's not a problem with
> >freeing up a tuner card.
> >
> >
> Global pre/post-roll is only used when bringing up the encoder from
> "full stop" (i.e. if the encoder is not currently in use and will be
> used for a specific recording, the encoder will be brought "online"--by
> your settings--3 minutes early).  However, if nothing is recording and
> you record a show from 8:00pm-9:00pm and another from 9:00pm-10:00pm
> followed by no recordings, the same encoder (the one with highest
> priority) will be used for both recordings, meaning that only the first
> will have the pre-roll 3 minutes and the second will have the post-roll
> 3 minutes.
> If you want a specific recording to start early or end late, use "Start
> Early" and "End Late" settings.  This--unlike global pre/post-roll--will
> affect scheduling.  So, this time if nothing is recording and you record
> a show from 8:00pm-9:00pm and another from 9:00pm-10:00pm followed by no
> recordings and the first recording has a start early of 3 minutes and
> end late of 4 minutes, the first show will start no later than 7:57pm
> (i.e. you'll also get global pre-roll on top of the 3 minutes) and end
> no later than 9:04.  Since the encoder being used to record that show
> will still be in use when the 9:00pm show starts, it will use a
> different encoder (meaning it will get the global pre/post-roll).
> So, basically, don't use global pre/post roll to compensate for
> broadcasters time differences.  Think of it as option.  Instead, set TNG
> to record with a start early and end late setting.
> Mike
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