[mythtv-users] Live TV channel restrictions

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Wed Feb 24 17:30:11 UTC 2010

On 02/24/2010 05:10 AM, Tortise wrote:
> From: "Michael T. Dean"
>> On 02/23/2010 05:09 PM, Ian Oliver wrote:
>>> In article, Michael T. Dean wrote:
>>>> so that you can waste your time with LiveTV
>>> Pardon? Just because person A might not like watching news or sport 
>>> live doesn't
>>> mean that person B is wasting their time by doing so.
>> http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/387302#387302 
>> --even news and sports should be recordings and not LiveTV.
> OK I get that the dev promoted model is to set a recording to record - 
> and if you are there at start time, then don't watch Live, watch the 
> recording while it continues to record.  I confirm that works well for 
> me - when the viewing is planned and the recording pre-set.  It is a 
> different paradigm that requires significant intellectual "openness" 
> to re-orient ones thinking to.
> What I am unclear about is when one more spontaneously watches LiveTV, 
> Pauses, and then Resumes - then LiveTV is arguably no longer LiveTV. 
> (Its delayed or recorded TV)  Can someone clarify for me, is 
> "Paused/Resumed 'LiveTV'" still considered LiveTV in the context of 
> the liveTV vs watching recorded TV debate?


> Is this consideration at all relevant?

Yes, for all the reasons you mentioned in your other post.  As long as a 
user has control over the channel being watched--thus overriding the 
scheduler's decisions for the efficient use of tuners--and may demand a 
channel (and, therefore, potentially a tuner) change at any time, and as 
long as a user has opened a "keep recording whatever program I happen to 
tune and leave the recording under my control until I exit Live TV" 
session (thereby "locking" the tuner as unavailable), we have Live TV in 
progress.  Since MythTV's scheduler doesn't read users' minds, it can 
not plan for efficient recording/usage of tuners as well as it can with 
scheduled recordings.


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