[mythtv-users] UK: BBCi / "red button" on Freesat

Robert Longbottom RobertCL at iname.com
Tue Dec 1 21:12:39 UTC 2009

Stephen Bridges wrote:
> On Tuesday 01 December 2009 20:54:59 Robert Longbottom wrote:
>> Stephen Bridges wrote:
>> The additional interactive video content is actually provided on normal
>> channels which you can just tune like any other channel.  Their numbers
>> (on my system) are 6880...6886 and are called STREAM-0...6.  It's a bit
>> hit and miss what appears on which stream, but one usually contains some
>> kind of menu showing mini images of what is on the others.
> Ah, this is the information I was after.  I'll re-enable those channels.
>> I've always wondered if it is possible to get the "red button" to work
>> "properly", but I've never actually looked into it....
> Presumably this mechanism is the same as the freeview one, where there's some 
> kind of MHEG instruction to change channel, like 301 on freeview?
> Stephen.
Ah, you've just reminded me, I also have one called "BBC Sport 
Interactive" on 200 (I might have changed  that number myself).  But I'm 
not sure what I get on that one.

If you get the Stream-0...6 channels they have some kind of test signal 
when nothing is showing you get a blue background with a moving number 
that corresponds to the stream number and the audio just repeats over 
and over saying something like "stream 1 audio 1".  So at least you'll 
know you have the right channels for when something is on!  But I think 
there's usually something on at least a few of them.

Let us know if you find out how to get the MHEG stuff working properly :-)


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