[mythtv-users] Enabling multirec borks usability a bit.

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Tue Apr 20 17:52:01 UTC 2010

On 04/20/2010 10:59 AM, Ian Armstrong wrote:
> On Tuesday 20 April 2010, Michael T. Dean wrote:
>> On 04/20/2010 05:55 AM, mugginz wrote:
>>> On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 07:24:28 pm Tortise wrote:
>>>> From: "Raymond Wagner
>>>>> Solution C - Add each tuner with one virtual tuner.  Then go back and
>>>> add in additional virtual tuners, ensuring the three physical tuners are
>>>> the first three that will be selected.
>>>> I presume this method also works as it comes from highly regarded
>>>> sources?
>>>> I've not tested it myself yet as there has not (so far) been the need
>>>> for me however it is likely to arise,
>>>> Would it be worth suggesting someone write a script or routine that
>>>> automates doing that manual process which is quite newb unfriendly?
>>>> (visitors, especially the elderly with very non agile mind sets remind
>>>> me as another reason for livetv)
>>> Unfortunately this does solve the issue as described and still requires
>>> the use of the NEXTCARD key.
>> Only when you have insufficient hardware for what you're trying to
>> do--when you have all of your physical cards tied up with recordings or
>> other Live TV sessions and you try to start a new Live TV session.  Get
>> another capture card, and it solves all your problems--the price for
>> being too lazy to hit NEXTCARD, I suppose.
> But if I have only four multiplexes available why should I need to get more
> than four tuners? Those four tuners already give 100% coverage. With
> sufficient virtual tuners it's possible to watch live tv without affecting any
> recordings.

Given sufficient virtual tuners, that would be fine unless your 
recordings/configuration don't allow 100% coverage.  But you need to 
either have 100% coverage of available channels or 100% coverage of 
desired recordings and LiveTV users.

> Although NEXTCARD does work, there's no guarantee the card you'll switch to is
> on the correct multiplex for the station you're trying watch. Depending on the
> number of tuners configured, you may have to try several times to reach the
> correct card. Although a minor inconvenience, trying to explain this to an
> elderly relative may not be so easy.

That's what the EPG is for.  Use it to go directly to the desired 
channel.  Don't use Browse mode--unless you use Browse all channels (and 
configure it properly).


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