[mythtv-users] External channel change not passing channel

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Mon Apr 2 12:10:14 UTC 2007

On 04/02/2007 08:00 AM, duck wrote:
> Michael T. Dean wrote:
>> I'm assuming you're a North 
>> American analog TV user.  If so, when you define your channels you 
>> should /not/ do so using the Channel Scan.  You should do so using the 
>> "Fetch channels from listings source" button.  Had you done so, your 
>> channels would have been created correctly.  See the top of 
>> http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/261302#261302 for 
>> more.  I recommend you clean up your channels as I described in the 
>> linked post.
> This could be also related to me not being able to use 
> mythfilldatabase.  I tried using scan channels and removed them and 
> tried using fetch channels.  Neither worked
> I have to use the following script to update my  guide:
> tv_grab_na_dd ...

We quit using tv_grab... in North America a few years ago.  There's now 
a (better) grabber "built-in" to mythfilldatabase.  You should specify 
mythfilldatabase as your, er, "mythfilldatabase Program" (that's in the 
frontend settings under General).  In mythtv-setup, specify a video 
source that uses "North America (DataDirect) (Internal)" as its listings 
source.  Then, specify your DataDirect username/password (the same 
you're using with tv_grab_na_dd).

> I have directway and I am sure this is the problem!  I have trouble 
> connecting to many sites because of Directway and or a configuration 
> issue on my end.

I can't help with that.  Hope that the internal grabber works better for 
you than does tv_grab_na_dd.

If all else fails, you can use tv_grab_na_dd to get an xmltv file and 
you can probably get your channels defined using some of the 
command-line arguments available to mythfilldatabase (see 
"mythfilldatabase --help").  I'm not writing up details because it's too 
much work if the internal grabber works, but feel free to ask more 
questions if you get stuck.

Good luck.


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