[mythtv-users] Still having problems scanning channels... or am I?

Brian L. Walter blwalter at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 11:23:46 UTC 2007

Harry Devine wrote:
> I started a thread about a month ago concerning not being able to get 
> any channels when I scan.  Well, I get some, but they are all listed 
> strangely to me.  I get channels such as 79#0, 79#1, etc.
> So tonight I was looking at some info on the HDHomerun since I see alot 
> of posts about it on this list, in case I wanna add one to my setup.  I 
> went to the following page, and saw that the 79#0, etc. actually MEAN 
> something in my setup:  
> http://www.silicondust.com/hdhomerun/lineupui?Cmd=LocationProgramsWeb&Country=US&Postcode=08234
> I guess what I'm getting at is that can I assume that my channels are 
> actually getting scanned properly and just aren't in a format that I can 
> understand?  Do I need to use the channel editor to map them over to 
> channels that I'm used to seeing (Channel 6, Channel 10, etc.)?
> Thanks,
> Harry


The short answer is yes.

The slightly longer answer - Some channels are sent with info on them, 
for instance, WBZ-DT.  These will be added with the name and 
description, but you have to map the channels and the xmltvids to 
something that SD or whatever your listing source recognizes.

In mapping the unknowns (74#0), I use a combination of the hdhr config 
utility and the frontend to figure out which channel is which.  Scanning 
will add something like 74#0, but, that does not directly map to 
something that hdhr presents.  It might be 74.1, or 
74.11....*generally*, it maps them starting at 0, incrementing by one.

For instance, hdhr presents 74.11, 74.12 and 74.13.  Usually this gets 
mapped into myth as 74#0, 74#1 and 74#2, *if* myth saw all 3 
channels...it may not have, so visually verify them in the frontend.  
I've deleted my hdhr sourced and re-added them quite a few times  till I 
fugured that out.


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