[mythtv-users] How to set up an input to record only one (or a small number of) channels.

Daniel Frey dmfrey at gmail.com
Fri Jun 29 19:04:24 UTC 2012

You could just add a second SchedulesDirect lineup and tie it to this tuner
only.  I do this to separate my HDHomeRun Prime from HDPVR 1212.  They can
still get channel updates from mythfilldatabase and they are independent of
one another.

I then go into Mythweb and just mark all the channels I don't want to
record on this tuner as invisible.  This way, i don't need to muck with the
schedules direct lineups for my area code.

Also, since I have been having some strange issues with the HDPVR lately,
in mythtv-setup you can mark a tunner as being LiveTV only, Recording only,
or allow both to occur on the tunner.  So I have my HDPVR 1212 setup to
only do recordings on it, no live tv.  (my HDPVR 1212 for some reason
produces washed out recording and they tend to jump around and get
pixelated. Still trying to figure out why that is.  It has only been since
.25 upgrade)  But because of these issues, I don't do livetv on my HDPVR

Hopefully this helps you out.

On Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 2:36 PM, Karl Newman <newmank1 at asme.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM, Nick F <nikos.f at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I'm embarrassed to be asking this, having used Myth since 2006, but
> > never had to set this up before.
> >
> > I have Comcast and three tuners - a HDHomerun Prime, a regular
> > HDHomerun and an analog tuner.
> >
> > I'd like to set the analog tuner to record only HBO from my cable box
> > (and ideally the HDHomerun to record the basic network channels).
> >
> > I'm not sure how to set this up.  All my channels are via cable - so I
> > have only one lineup with Schedules Direct.  So - when I link my
> > analog tuner to my source the analog tuner wants to be able to record
> > everything (which I don't want it to do - I want it to only record HBO
> > which the Prime can't do obviously).
> >
> > What's the missing step - I've googled, searched the wiki and the list
> > archive to no avail.
> >
> > Thanks!
> > Nick
> There's a FAQ at Schedules Direct about this that refers to this:
> http://www.mythtv.org/docs/mythtv-HOWTO-24.html#ss24.2
> But I think that's a stupid, labor-intensive way to do it that will
> prevent you from receiving new channels as they are added and you have
> to do it all over again if you make a mistake or ever change your
> video source configuration at all. I have a set top box and a digital
> adapter (which receives fewer channels). What I did is create a new
> lineup using my same zip code and then picked a digital cable lineup
> from a neighboring city that has the same channel configuration, then
> deselected the channels that I can't receive on the digital adapter.
> Then in mythtv-setup I added the new lineup as a video source and
> associated it with the tuner input that's tied to the digital adapter.
> One thing you could try that might be the simplest is just to add HBO
> to your lineup, do a mythfilldatabase, then go in and delete the
> channel from the hdhomerun inputs. What I don't know is if it would be
> re-added to those inputs on the next mythfilldatabase (I suspect it
> might). Because you have both a Prime and a HDHomeRun QAM, it might
> make sense for you to use the multiple lineup method like I did.
> Karl
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