[mythtv-users] Silly question about live tv and two tuners

Larry Finger Larry.Finger at lwfinger.net
Sun Aug 14 02:06:12 UTC 2011

On 08/13/2011 08:47 PM, Kris B. wrote:
> On Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:52 -0500, "Larry Finger"
> <Larry.Finger at lwfinger.net>  wrote:
>> The selection of tuners for recording is based on the entries in the
>> "Capture
>> Cards" section. Thus I have listed /dev/video2 first, followed by
>> /dev/video1.
>> That setup will do what you want. Recording a single program will select
>> tuner 2
>> leaving 1 available for a second recording or live TV.
>> Larry
> Terrific Larry... Thank you so much.  One more question - when I delete
> and add cards, is it necessary to do a channel scan again?  I didn't
> know, so when I deleted and added the cards, I did two scans (which
> takes awhile!).  Then I had to go back and delete the one marginal
> channel (It says 67% strength, but it is blocky and caused a major
> slowdown here a few nights ago when it just disappeared.  It is one of 3
> other PBS stations I get, so I don't need it).

I don't know if a channel scan is necessary if all the tuners are the same. My 
instinct says not, but I don't remember if I had to or not. My most recent tuner 
change involved removing a Hauppague USB analog device that was flaky, but too 
long ago for me to remember the details. I changed my setup at Schedules Direct 
to get rid of the channels I didn't want - QVC, etc. pplus the ones that are 
listed for Time Warner, but not available at my house. That way they never show 
up any more.

> Thanks again!  We are just about setup with a PC in the living room
> (coming this week) to be a front end, and then we are cutting the cord!
> Very exciting.  $100 saved a month by doing that - the wife already has
> our Disney World trip earmarked. :)

That is a big savings. Not only do you save, but you get rid of commercials and 
all the other benefits of MythTV.


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