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

Ben Eisemann ben at locojeeper.com
Tue Nov 3 21:04:55 UTC 2009

That is how I have my unit setup.  Through Comcast (in Lancaster PA) I pick
up clear QAM HD through a pchdtv-5500 and have a PVR-150 and PVR-350 picking
up SD.   The PCHDTV is setup with a higher priority then the PVR's and the
SD side of the PCHDTV.  Every now and then the priorities that I set my
individual recordings to along with the priorities of the tuners make them
record in an unexpected way... but the other 95% of the time it works like a

God Bless,

Ben T. Eisemann
beisemann at gmail.com

Faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse. -
Philip Yancey

On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 3:36 PM, Kevin Kuphal <kkuphal at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> Kevin
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