[mythtv-users] New Channel Scanner is really annoying

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Fri Nov 20 15:22:51 UTC 2009

On 11/20/2009 10:01 AM, Devin Heitmueller wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 2:27 AM, wrote:
>> Oh, for cripes sake!
>> I've done four or five scans this evening.
>> Stations which formally were recognized and included in the channel lineup
>> are skipped.
>> A carefully edited channels.conf doesn't seem to make a difference.
>> What is this cryptic crap about giving conflicting channels a new number,
>> and then having the new number rejected?
>> What do I care about encoding types?
>> The choices for "off the air channels" are ignore, delete, or make
>> invisible. What if I WANT them?
>> I finally used my channels.conf to guide me through adding some transports.
>> Then I did a transport scan, and got my clear QAM local channels set.
> Patches are always welcome from those who are the most significantly
> bothered by the state of the code.

Yes.  Specifically, the channel scanner was basically rewritten from 
scratch for 0.22 to fix a ton of problems in the old channel scanner.  A 
/lot/ of testing was done by the developers to ensure it worked properly 
with the broadcasts to which they had access.  Those who receive 
broadcasts very different from the broadcasts the developers were able 
to test need to help us fix the new channel scanner to work with their 
broadcasts (rather than just complaining about change).

However, based on your e-mail address, I'm guessing you just need to use 
a different tool that supports the as-yet-unsupported by MythTV SCTE65 
standard.  See http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Comcast_Users_And_scte65scan .

And, yes, I could have suggested that to you even without the "New 
Channel Scanner is really annoying" and "for cripes sake!" 
complaints--i.e. if you showed a little bit more respect for the people 
who invested a lot of their time to improve things (especially since 
what's causing you problems, now, is not so much 0.22, but your cable 
company's having changed the way it's doing things).


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