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

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Sat Jan 9 23:28:40 UTC 2010

On 01/09/2010 04:40 PM, Christian Szpilfogel wrote:
> 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: 
> https://code.google.com/p/sa3250cmd/
> 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. 

Why not just always send any other button code to the STB--such as 
Cancel--at the very start of your channel change script?


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