[mythtv-users] Power off STB: a new twist from our local cable provider

Christian Szpilfogel chrisznews4 at rogers.com
Sat Jan 9 20:43:47 UTC 2010

It seems our local cable provider has added a new twist to recording.

If my STB has been on for a while they start displaying "Press any key 
to watch TV".

The work around I use for the moment is to power off and then back on 
the STB before a recording using my script at: 

But it is not ideal for general channel changing as it adds yet another 
2 seconds of delay (ie 1 sec off, 1 sec on with guard time).

Is there a way to have myth tell the channel change script why the 
channel is changing? or alternatively is there a way to determine when a 
recording is finished so I can simply power off the box at that time and 
thus not need the work around?

Plan B is to only apply the work around  if the channel isn't changing 
from the last time the input card was used. I could do this within my 
channel change script. After all a channel change is a key press.

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