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

Damian damian at gingermagic.co.uk
Sat Nov 17 09:42:20 UTC 2007

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

That worked a treat!

Thanks Neil

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