[mythtv-users] Starting on a channel that's turned off for the day.

Neil Milne neil.milne at gmail.com
Fri Nov 16 17:21:06 UTC 2007

On 15/11/2007, Damian <damian at gingermagic.co.uk> wrote:
> I record episodes of children's programs on a channel that is only
> active between certain hours of the day. If I open up mythfrontend and
> go to watch live TV some time after the channel has closed down for the
> day, myth tries to access that channel (presumably because it was the
> last channel in use) and I get scrambled rubbish on my screen.
> Currently, I have to blindly (as that's no visual feedback that anything
> is happening) change channel to a number that I know will exist, exit
> mythfrontend, then open mythfrontend again and go to live TV. This time
> the channel I selected blindly will come up and all is fine.
> It's a bit of a faf though. Is there any way around this? Any way to
> always start myth on a channel that I know is always active?

Are you using DVB-T? If so then all the inactive channels transmit a
placeholder page in MHEG which you can see if you turn on the
Interactive TV setting (can't remember which submenu that's in but
it's there somewhere).

Once that's turned on if you are tuned to CBeebies or one of the other
'part-time' channels and they are not transmitting you will get a page
telling you that they will be back later. From there you will be able
to change to a watchable channel as usual without closing the

Before the interactive support was put in this used to be a big pain
for us too, but now it works really smoothly.


Neil Milne

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