[mythtv-users] Adding channels for my HD-PVR

Harry Devine lifter89 at comcast.net
Thu Nov 12 03:22:00 UTC 2009

Kenneth Emerson wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 4:40 PM, Harry Devine <lifter89 at comcast.net 
> <mailto:lifter89 at comcast.net>> wrote:
>     OK, so I upgraded to 0.22 on Mythbuntu 9.10 today and it went
>     fairly smoothly.  I can capture from my HD-PVR using "cat
>     /dev/video0 > <filename>" so the kernel sees it.  I added the
>     HD-PVR as a tuner card, but I'm a little unsure how to tie the
>     channels from my cable box to it.  So, can anyone give me some
>     pointers with the following:
>     1) I have a lot of my channels in my SchedulesDirect lineup that I
>     can only get from my cable box (originally I wanted to capture
>     them over Firewire).  How do I get these channels into Myth?  I
>     may have had them once but used the channel editor to remove them
>     since I could never get Firewire to work.  Do I have to make a new
>     Input connection for them?
>     2) When I added the HD-PVR, I put in "/usr/bin/6200ch" as the
>     channel change script.  I realized that I don't have 6200ch.  I
>     know I can compile it so that's not a problem.  Is
>     "/usr/bin/6200ch" enough to have on that command line, or are
>     there other parameters that I need to pass in?
>     Thanks for any help.
>     Harry
>     What I did was to create a new line-up in SD using my cable
>     providers digital package (Mediacom - Digital).  I then eliminated
>     the channels that were known to not work (on the SD web site) plus
>     the ones I'd never watch (ie HSN, etc.).  You then reference this
>     line-up on the Input Connection screen of mythtv-setup for the
>     particular input you are using on the HD-PVR (probably component
>     for HD).  Click on the "Get channels from source" button once you
>     have selected your line-up.  Do not try to scan.  Since you are
>     using the HD-PVR, you probably are not sharing this line-up with
>     any other tuner device.  If you are, I do not know how you would
>     disable some channels for a particular input (but I suspect there
>     is a way).  I have three line-ups on SD: LocalBroadcast (antenna),
>     Cable (NTSC/clear QAM), and DigitalCable (HD-PVR).  Only the
>     HD-PVR uses the DigitalCable line-up.  I would also recommend that
>     you use the mythchanger application.  It doesn't require knowing
>     what firewire port you are using.  You would enter the command as
>     "mythchanger -c ".  Hope this helps.
> -- Ken
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I got the Lineup stuff worked out, so thanks for that tip.  As for the 
channel changing, I was able to get the 6200ch application to compile 
and I can run it from the command line to change the channel on my STB.  
What do I need to add to the HD-PVR card in mythtv-setup?  Also, my 
system doesn't seem to have mythchanger, so would you have any more info 
on what it is or where I get it?


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