[mythtv-users] UK: managing Freeview and Freesat

Richard Lainchbury freexe at gmail.com
Thu Apr 7 16:18:22 UTC 2011

On Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 4:25 PM, Simon Hobson <linux at thehobsons.co.uk> wrote:

> Richard Lainchbury wrote:
> >>Asking for the region would make sense here. Depending on which way you
> >>decide to point your aerial, we can receive either Winter Hill (Granada)
> >>or Wrekin (Midlands). Either would be valid for our post code, but the
> >>correct answer  would depend on which way you decided to set up your
> >>aerial. Even this excludes people who choose to have two aerials, so
> >>they can get both regions.
> >Does anyone know how current digiboxes decide?
> Now there's a thing - and it applies to people with a local infill tx
> who can also see the main tx, as well as those who can see txs from
> different regions.
> The TVs and boxes I've set up (for a friend) simply add channels as
> they find them, using the Freeview channel numbers. When they find
> duplicates, they put them up at 800 onwards. At my friends house,
> they are pointed at the main transmitter (Winter Hill), but being
> close they also get a signal from the local infill (the town is in a
> dip).
> Winter hill has it's muxes right at the very top of the band, so the
> infill muxes are lower down. Predictably the boxes start from the
> bottom, pickup barely watchable channels from the infill, and then
> stick the real main channels up at 800+. Some system designer
> somewhere would have had sizzling ears when I found that out !
> If you are (as a lot of people were it seems) in a situation where
> you get (for example) Welsh regional variants picked up before the
> local ones you want, this is going to be even more annoying.
> One trick to deal with this is to unplug the aerial until the box has
> scanned past the stuff you don't want - and then it only gets the
> main channels. I picked this up while following stories of people
> having exactly this problem when their area went into switchover.
> People weren't very happy at "moving" to Wales.
> --
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When MythTV is scanning for channels is it possible to get a reliable signal
quality/resolution/bitrate data? Would it be possible to add that data when
the  channels are scanned/watched so we have some data to sort by?

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