[mythtv-users] .24 Watch TV goes to recording channel and won't let me change channels though tuners are free

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Wed Apr 6 17:32:39 UTC 2011

On 04/06/2011 11:46 AM, Ian Evans wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 9:12 PM, Mark Lord wrote:
>>> Sounds like you haven't got the "avoid conflicts with live tv" setting
>>> activated? Did you check in system info if the free tuners are reported as
>>> available?
>> I don't have that checked here, and it still lets me change channels
>> to other tuners from the one that's recording.
>> I wonder if perhaps he doesn't have the "browse all channels" thing
>> fully configured.  Getting that working is not exactly intuitive,
>> and the settings required (3, I think) are spread out through
>> the GUI.
> Checking the "avoid conflicts with live tv" did appear to solve the
> problem. Still fiddling with some other stuff so I'm not quite sure if
> any other issues are still there.
> What exactly is the "browse all channels" thing? :-)

Slows down all channel changes, but allows you to use browse mode (where 
the info about other programs is shown in the OSD on top of playing 
video when you hit channel up/down, rather than actually changing 
channels with channel up/down) to see what's available on other inputs.  
Without it, browse mode shows you only what's available on your current 
input and you use the Program Guide to see what's on all channels and 
use it to change to a channel on another input.  Or, you use NEXTCARD or 
NEXTINPUT to switch to another card or input to browse or change to one 
of its channels (similar to using the Input button on your TV to switch 
from your satellite STB to your cable STB or your OTA tuner).

Note also that "Avoid conflicts..." didn't "fix" the "stick on a 
multiplex" problem for you.  That "problem" is a relic of the fact that 
MythTV is designed to prioritize recordings over Live TV.  There is a 
workaround that allows you to re-prioritize and specify that Live TV is 
more important to you, but I don't want to start another argument by 
posting a link to the workaround.  So, if you're stuck on a multiplex 
because you're sharing a tuner with another Live TV user or recording, 
use NEXTCARD or NEXTINPUT or the program guide (available through the 
MENU) to access the other channels.


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