[mythtv-users] MCE vs Myth (with added problem with myth)

Stephen Atkins satkins at inetdesign.org
Thu Apr 14 13:13:22 UTC 2011

On 4/14/2011 6:08 AM, Paul Gardiner wrote:
> On 14/04/2011 05:23, brianr69 at gmail.com wrote:
> Scheduling: all I do is pick the the series I want to record and tell
> Mythtv to record the episode where ever it can find them. It sorts out
> for me exactly when and on which channel, moving things about to avoid
> ever trying to record more programs at once than my tuners can handle.
> It will find HD transmissions if possible and fall back to SD if it
> can't - and also avoid repeats of course.
> Bookmarks: it doesn't matter what I'm watching, recorded TV, downloaded
> videos or DVDs, if I stop watching something and go back to it later,
> Myth has remembered where I was in it.
> MultiRec: I can record many more programs simultaneously than I have
> tuners, provided some share a multiplex.

I actually run both a MCE and Myth boxes.  When scheduling on the MCE 
box I can only tell it to record ever episode of "The Big Bang Theory" 
but there is no way to tell it to only record first run episodes and 
don't rerecord episodes it already has.  That and I'm stuck using their 
guide data which from what I can tell doesn't have the same amount of 
data as Schedules Direct.  The only other issue I have with MCE is I 
can't get the machine to download podcasts and put them in the recorded 
tv.  You might be able to but I haven't found it.

So for those reasons I have my myth boxes.  My only problem now is I 
need to find out why my master backend/frontend box locks up every once 
and an while.  Just quits responding while watching a recording.  The 
screen freezes and it won't respond to the remote or keyboard.  Power 
button won't shut down the machine and I need to hit reset. Nothing is 
in the log files that I can see.  I'm running Mythbuntu 10.10 with the 
latest .24 repo (updated myth a week ago).  So it could be any number of 
problems but if someone has any idea's I'm all ears.


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