[mythtv-users] Setting up HD Channels with Analog Equivalent

Kevin Ross kevin at familyross.net
Thu Dec 17 19:36:13 UTC 2009

-----Original Message-----
> From: Charles Wright
> Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2009 10:18 AM
> I've got a set-top box that has several channels both in HD and not HD
> (e.g., Discovery).  I was looking at the Wiki yesterday, and the
> suggestion seems to be to change the HD channel to have the same
> callsign as the regular channel; and that rules that say record "DISC"
> or whatever call sign I assign it will juts pick the first available
> tuner (so if I get my analog tuner assigned a higher ID than the cable
> box, I would get an HD version when it is available and otherwise it
> would default to the analog).
> What I'm wondering is if it is possible to make the non-HD channel
> invisible (or delete it), and leave the HD channel in the lineup; but
> assign it to the regular channel number.  For example, ABC is 7 on
> analog and 707 HD.  I've assigned the HD version of WABC to 7 on my
> HDHomeRun.  Ideally, I would just like there to be a single channel 7
> on all four of my encoders, but I'm not sure if doing that will mess
> up getting listings from Schedules Direct.
> Charles

Yes, you can do that.  I do a similar thing with my FIOS HD-PVR and antenna.
I get locals via antenna and FIOS, so I have it setup so it will record
first from antenna, then from FIOS if the antenna tuners are busy.  The
guide only shows one entry for each channel, even though there are 4 tuners
behind each channel (2 antenna tuners, 2 HD-PVR's).

But in my case, both the OTA and FIOS channels that I have mapped to the
same channel, are truly identical.  Both are HD.  Both have the same
XMLTVID.  Both have identical listings data from Schedules Direct.  In your
case, where you want to combine different channels into one (HD and SD), I
think it will work, but I haven't tried it.

Hope this helps!
-- Kevin

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