[mythtv-users] Scheduling: prefer input

John P Poet jppoet at gmail.com
Thu Aug 3 16:43:55 UTC 2006

On 8/3/06, Yeechang Lee <ylee at pobox.com> wrote:
> John P Poet <jppoet at gmail.com> says:
> > My firewire input lineup only includes channels above 100.
> I asked:
> > Do you mean that you don't have a way to record the channels below 100
> > at all?
> John P Poet <jppoet at gmail.com> says:
> > Right.  I have three lineups defined; 1 for analog cable, 1 for
> > digital cable (the firewire), and 1 for OTA ATSC.
> These two sentences contradict each other. If I'd meant to say "below
> 100 on FireWire," I'd have phrased my question that way. I wanted to
> know whether you could record sub-100 channels *in any way*, which
> fortunately the rest of your message clarifies.

Sorry.  Read your question too quickly.

> > The reason I made a point of saying that the firewire was only for
> > channels above 100, was to point out that channel 8 could not be
> > recorded on the firewire input.  Yet, even though I told the scheduler
> > to prefer the firewire input,
> This is a feature in SVN, correct? Because if you're talking about the
> ability to specify in a specific recording entry a certain input,
> that's not available in 0.19-fixes.

Ah right.  I sometimes forget that not everyone runs SVN trunk.

In SVN, one of the options when scheduling a recording is to selectect
a "prefered" input to use.  I assume this just bumps the selected
input's priority a notch when scheduling the show -- but if so, it is

> > it was choosing to record ESPN on my PVR-500 instead of ESPNHD via
> > firewire.
> You're using multiple DataDirect listings (with different zip codes)
> to provide subsets of the same lineup to each of your three program
> sources (FireWire, analog capture card, and OTA), right? My advice
> stands: Go through each DataDirect listing and make sure it only lists
> as active channels the one that the associated program source can pick
> up. Delete any extraneous channels from MythWeb or the mythtv-setup
> channel editor.

Yup, done that.  That is not the problem.

> Then read
> <URL:http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/216512#216512>,
> which I just posted as a standalone reply to another portion of your
> message, on how to assign priority rankings to channels and to program
> sources.

Thanks for that.  I had actually forgotten about priorities set that way.

I think the crux of my problem is the *type* of record schedule I am
trying to setup.  I am asking for it to "Find and record one showing
of this title each week."  The title in question shows up on both
8-ESPN, and 252-ESPNHD.  8-ESPN is part of my analog linup, and
252-ESPNHD is part of my firewire lineup.  Since I told it to "prefer"
the firewire input, I would expect it to record it from ESPNHD instead
of ESPN, but it did not.

Checking my channel priorities, I already had 252-ESPNHD set at a
higher priority than 8-ESPN.

Checking my cardinput priorities, I found that both my firewire and
analog cardinput were set at the same priority.  I bumped the firewire
cardinput priority up a couple of points, and now the scheduler *is*
selected to record that show off of ESPNHD instead of ESPN.


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