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

Harry Devine lifter89 at comcast.net
Thu Nov 12 13:07:28 UTC 2009

On 11/12/2009 12:00 AM, greg wrote:
> Harry Devine wrote:
>> 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?
>> Thanks,
>> Harry
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> If your asking where to put the channel changing command,you run 
> mythtv-setup..Then access input connections.. Click on hdpvr,then you 
> should see External channel command.. There's where you put the path 
> to the script that you used to change your STB,,, Mine looks like this 
> /usr/local/bin/MyBlaster.pl ...
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I know WHERE to put it, but do I have to put in any parameters?  That's 
really my question.  I have "/usr/local/bin/6200ch" right now.  If I 
wanted to pass the node for the firewire port and the channel number, 
how do I do that?  I know that some of the user job scripts can get 
parameters like %CHANID%, etc., so do I have to put that on that command 


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