[mythtv-users] Record only HD or prefer HD over SD

Christian Szpilfogel chrisznews4 at rogers.com
Thu Feb 4 00:04:05 UTC 2010

Simon Hobson wrote:
> Michael T. Dean wrote:
Odd. I never received Michael's email. I know he is quite active so 
perhaps my spam filters made a mistake ;-)
>> Yes, you can set priorities on inputs and on channels--but you shouldn't
>> do either.
>> Why even leave the standard-def channels in the list?
> Because the SD channels carry programmes that aren't on the HD 
> channels. That's what the OP said, and that would be the situation 
> here in the UK if I could afford a new tuner (and optionally dish) to 
> get our HD channels on Freeview or freesat.
Correct. And with kids in the family they are very active on the SD 

Also per the original message, I have only two HD-PVRs which have access 
to all channels. So input preference will make no difference.
>> ... or if you do
>> change channel priorities, make the standard def priorities negative,
>> rather than making the high-def priorities positive.
>> See http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/419180#419180
>> (whole thread) for why priorities are probably not the answer you want.
> I've read that. Of course, in my case I'd have one card/input with 
> both SD and HD content - so adding inputs/cards in a specific order 
> wouldn't work.
Even more so, it only deals with immediate conflicts. That is if an HD 
and SD program is showing simultaneously it will do the right thing. But 
if the SD version of a program occurs in the schedule before the HD 
version then the SD version gets recorded.

The only other way I could see was to create a custom rule to select 
only HD. But it is not terribly family friendly.

In four or five years it is not likely to be as big an issue but at the 
moment it forces me to record with "any time on this channel" where as I 
would have preferred "any time on any channel".... or any time on any HD 

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