[mythtv-users] Freeview Changes??

Mike Perkins mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Sat Nov 7 14:32:06 UTC 2009

Simon Hobson wrote:
> Douglas Mackay wrote:
>>  > You're not the only one !
>>  >
>>  > It's not helped when Digital UK post lies on their website :
>>  > http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/when_do_i_switch/granada/winter_hill
>>>  "If you have ... freesat on all of your TV sets you will not be 
>>> affected by
>>>  switchover."
>>>  That in my book is an outright lie - this week they've 
>>> moved/re-organised
>>>  two muxes, and in December they'll move some more. If they think moving
>>>  muxes so you have to retune counts as "not affected", then it makes you
>>>  wonder at teh mentality of the people managing this.
>> ??
>> Sorry maybe I'm missing something how is freesat anything to do with
>> freeview? (freesat is a satellite service which as the text you've
>> quoted states will not be affected by the terrestrial digital switch
>> over)
> Doh - teach me to read more carefully :-/ Yes you are completely 
> correct, for some reason my mind just read that as "freeview" <slaps head>.
> Still darned frustrating - being in the Granada region, the local news 
> has of course been full of it in the run up. However, amongst all the 
> hype, at no point was it mentioned (that I recognised) that freeview 
> users would need to retune yet again. All the coverage seemed to be 
> aimed at the non-digital people - "you'll be losing BBC2 on Wednesday".
> Well guess what I'll be doing for a couple of hours tomorrow - I've a 
> friend with three sets to retune. It's not the retuning, it's the "put 
> the channels in something resembling sanity order" that takes time. I've 
> even printed out a sheet with the channels and numbers I want (my own 
> set is a right pain to re-number channels on).
Curiously, once I'd isolated the transports which my local transmitter actually 
uses, got rid of the others I can pick up but don't want, and *rescanned each 
transport individually*, all my Freeview channels came out with the right 
channel numbers already assigned. YMMV.

(I found it was then necessary to run the following SQL:

update channel set freqid = channum;

because the freqid - which is used to change channels - was not set to something 
useful. In all cases, channum had been generated as chanid + 1000.)


Mike Perkins

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