[mythtv-users] LiveTV conflicts with scheduled recording - despite unused tuners on the same box!

Philip Nourse pjn at pobox.com
Wed Jul 1 20:38:21 UTC 2009

If MythTV was just a DVR, I wouldn't use it.  In my opinion, MythTV is
intended to be a Media Center PC, amalgamating several different inputs and
TV watching options into one convenient unit.  Most of us have at least one
channel surfer in the family, and they are OK too.

As for the recording issue:  MythTV records based on a priority system.  If
you are watching Live TV on one tuner, and MyhtTV determines that tuner has
the highest priority for recording the show, that is the one it will use.
The priority system is based on how you set up the scheduling for the
recording, and what priority you have given to the tuner. As far as I know,
if you tell it to record later, and the other tuner you are talking about
has an equal, or higher priority to any of the later recording options, it
will record on the other tuner in the original time.  So "Record the
scheduled show later" really means "don't record the scheduled show now on
this tuner". You will want to try this out though to be sure as since I am a
more of a DVR user rather than a channel surfer, I have never experimented
with this scenario.  I have a total of 5 simultaneous tuners, and I have not
seen this message in about a year.

-----Original Message-----
From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org
[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Michael T. Dean
Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 4:16 PM
To: Discussion about mythtv
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] LiveTV conflicts with scheduled recording -
despite unused tuners on the same box!

On 07/01/2009 04:07 PM, stuart wrote:
> Hi...
> What does your myth setup say when about to make a recording?  I have 
> 2 tuners on a SBE box.  While watching Live TV, the front end 
> announced it was going to start recording and gave 3 options: (I think 
> they were) 1) Forget the recording, I want to watch Live TV, 2) Record 
> the scheduled show later, I want to watch Live TV -and- 3) I will 
> watch the scheduled show while it is being recorded.
> Well, the obvious question is: "Why doesn't myth TV box use the other 
> tuner to record the schedule show?" And, yes, I did check - the other 
> tuner is doing *nothing* right now while the 1 show and only the 1 
> show is being recorded.

Because Myth is meant to record TV, and LiveTV is for people who haven't 
figured out how to use a DVR.  :)

If you want to ensure that Myth always chooses the 
least-likely-to-be-used-for-recordings capture card for LiveTV, enable 
the setting:

Avoid conflicts between live TV and scheduled shows
f enabled, live TV will choose a tuner card that is less likely to have 
scheduled recordings rather than the best card available.

in frontend settings under TV Settings|General, IIRC.

mythtv-users mailing list
mythtv-users at mythtv.org

More information about the mythtv-users mailing list