[mythtv-users] Reliability of HDTV flag in Schedules Direct listings

Kris B. krisbee at krisbee.com
Thu Nov 24 20:40:52 UTC 2011

On Thursday, November 24, 2011 9:31 AM, "Eric Sharkey"
<eric at lisaneric.org> wrote:
> Is anyone else noticing that a lot of programming available in HD is
> not marked as such in the Schedules Direct listing?  When this
> happens, mythtv tends to record the program on a standard def channel.
>  This happened again for me today.  I'd scheduled it to record the
> Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is definitely available in HD,
> but Schedules direct doesn't think so.  Manual intervention on my part
> was required to switch the selected channel.  Is there anything that
> can be done about this?  It seems to be happening a lot.

Eric, to your original question and problem - I notice it also, however
I also don't have nearly the amount of channels and programming options
as you do.  So for me, I use channel priorities on which channel
displays better more consistently and go with that.  As for recording SD
content that is upscaled, I understand that as well, but the problem is
that it all depends on your guide data, your setup, and your needs. 
Some stations are good at giving the info, some aren't.

For me, I actually don't have an HDTV, so I transcode lots of stuff down
to SD with h264 so I can share with my Roku.  If I did, I would probably
just default to the best channels, but then again, I don't keep lots of
recordings either - I auto-expire lots of things, let certain shows fall
off on their own, etc.  Other people keep everything.  So my practical
suggestion is to buy my HD space when the prices stabilize and just
record the best you can for any channel that consistently shows HD
material.  Your other shows/channels that you want the SD, give them
priority.  Of course it is a lot of work, but you have a lot of options
and they have to be tailored to you.

  Kris B.
  krisbee at krisbee.com

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