[mythtv-users] feedback for feature request: ability to define input connections as inactive
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Sun Mar 11 19:15:12 UTC 2007
Mike Perkins wrote:
> Joe Harvell wrote:
>>> (snipped to save paper :)
>> So the question is whether or how to display channels in the program
>> guide whose video source is not associated with any active input. Here
>> are some options:
>> 1. Allow Program Guide settings (per frontend config) to determine
>> whether or not to display such channels. The default could be "don't
>> display", since that is how Myth currently behaves.
>> 2. Display such channels, but in a format (color, font, etc.) indicating
>> they are not available on any active input connection.
>> 3. Always display them.
>> I think a combination of 1 and 2 is probably the best. I don't like the
>> idea of using a different color, because that is already being used for
>> program category.
>> I'm an experienced software developer, but I've never looked at the Myth
>> code. So I don't yet have an idea of the amount of work for the feature
>> I'm proposing. Once I get enough feedback and suggestions, I can make a
>> *detailed* functional description of the feature and some use cases. At
>> that point, I could probably use some help determining the amount of
>> work required and what components of the software need to be changed.
>> mythtv-users mailing list
>> mythtv-users at mythtv.org
> Perhaps I might widen the proposition very slightly? Since one of the
> things I see is effectively the same thing from a different point of
> view - I am talking about inactive tuners now, not whether or not to
> display program listings.
> When you fire up the frontend and select "Watch TV", the system
> arbitrarily chooses you a tuner and source to watch. If that isn't to
> your liking, you then have to "Y" through the available tuners and
> possibly "C" through sources till you find what you want, possibly
> followed by a channel change. Yes, I know there's a whole lot of code
> behind, figuring out what's free and what's not, but from the user's
> perspective they have no idea what's going to be chosen.
> How about an intermediate menu, after "Watch TV". This would show you
> the current state of each tuner: Online/offline/Inactive,
> Recording/Free, Selected Source (if applicable), and Current Channel
> tuned, possibly even the program being shown on that channel. The user
> can then pick one that's closest to what they want to do. For example,
> to go directly to a Analogue/DVB tuner/source, or perhaps even to stream
> something that's currently being recorded. I know the information is
> available, it's what you get in Mythweb on the status screen.
> Yes, it's an extra step, but better than just being dumped into some
> random tuner/source combo and having to navigate round to what you wanted.
> Mike Perkins
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> mythtv-users at mythtv.org
That sounds like a good idea. But I think it would be better to handle
that as a separate feature.
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