[mythtv-users] Turn cable box off after recording

Preston Crow pc-mythtv08a at crowcastle.net
Tue Jun 16 21:01:25 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-06-16 at 13:45 -0700, David Brodbeck wrote:
> On Sat, June 13, 2009 2:18 pm, Preston Crow wrote:
> > One of the motivations is that we sometimes watch live TV though the
> > cable box bypassing Myth (mostly for sports).  We need to have a way of
> > knowing if we're going to mess up recodings, and having Myth turn off
> > the cable box when it's not using it seems like the simplest method.
> One potential problem that immediately comes to mind is that Myth may
> decide it needs the cable box for something while you're watching the game
> or whatever.
> I generally use LiveTV mode for this sort of thing, but I'm assuming
> there's some reason that doesn't work in your situation.

Yup, the live TV watching through Myth isn't completely stable
(firewire), and doesn't work for 5C channels.  In our home, having Myth
cut in to switch channels to record is acceptable, so that's what we'll
have it do.

I've found that a user job to turn off the cable box works.  It sees
that channel it was recording, and can determine from that if it was
using the cable box.  It can check the state of the system to see if a
tuner that uses the cable box is in use (for back-to-back recordings),
but it can't tell which input is in use, which makes a difference.

I don't see how to force the user job to always be active for all
recordings, or at least all recordings for a given set of channels.

I don't see how to set my user job to run before any commercial

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