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

James Orr james.orr7 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 15:32:23 UTC 2009

I have the same setup, 1 HDHR plus 2 PVR-250s for analog capture.

What I did was setup the PVR-250s with a higher tuner priority than the
HDHR.  Then I set it so that any HD programs have a higher priority modifier
(Setup -> Recording Priorities -> Set Recording Priorities). That way, any
SD programming is still recorded on the PVR-250, but any programs flagged as
HD will be recorded on the HDHR.

For example, Family Guy is available on both my HD FOX channel via the HDHR
and SD via the 250, as it's not flagged as an HD program in the
schedulesdirect listing it records on the higher priority 250.

Law & Order on the other hand is flagged as HD so it gets recorded on the

On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 2:51 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.
> Can this be done?
> Thanks,
> Larry
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