[mythtv-users] Advice on HD, Digital SD, Analog SD scheduling priorities

Kevin Kuphal kkuphal at gmail.com
Tue Nov 3 20:36:40 UTC 2009

On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 1:51 PM, Larry K <lunchtimelarry at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am running myth 0.21 right now, and I currently use 2 analog capture
> cards, and a (dual tuner) HDHR.  I have Comcast, so I still get most of the
> basic cable + OTA in both analog AND digital form, but this may not last.
> The challenge I have now is balancing recordings against the HDHR vs.
> analog tuners.  If I bind recordings to specific channels, then sometimes I
> get conflicts because I will tend to overbook the HDHR looking for HD
> content (usually this is why).   Obviously, when this happens, I can miss
> recordings, when the show could have possibly been recorded using one of the
> analog tuners.  I would rather fall back to analog SD than miss a show
> completely.   So, I end up having to edit individual recording schedules and
> relax the channel binding, but maybe prefer a specific tuner.  I am not
> crazy about this either since I am not sure how to prefer tuners in a
> hierarchical way.
> I would like to find a global solution where, for a given recording
> schedule that is set to 'any channel', I prioritize the tuners in roughly
> this order:
> Choose an HD channel on the HDHR first.  If this is not available, then
> choose a digital SD channel on the HDHR.  If this is not available, then
> choose an analog SD channel.
> So, I would modify my recording schedules to be 'any channel', and let the
> system decide which channel to use based on the above tuner preference.  The
> system would use my show priorities to decide what gets put on the preferred
> tuner.  So, if CSI is +2, Modern Marvels is +1, Law&Order is 0, and House is
> -1, then CSI would get an HD channel, Modern Marvels would get a digital SD
> channel (both on the HDHR), and Law&order and House would fall back to the
> analog tuners.

I would think giving your HDHR tuners a +1 priority would solve this:

HDHR HD = +2 (+1 for tuner, +1 for HD)
HDHD SD = +1 for tuner
Analog = 0

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