[mythtv-users] mythhdhrrecorder setup

James Abernathy jfabernathy at gmail.com
Sat Dec 8 14:37:51 UTC 2018

On 12/6/18 12:51 PM, John P Poet wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 10:46 AM John P Poet <jppoet at gmail.com 
> <mailto:jppoet at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 10:42 AM James Abernathy
>     <jfabernathy at gmail.com <mailto:jfabernathy at gmail.com>> wrote:
>         On 12/6/18 12:21 PM, glen wrote:
>>         On Thu, 2018-12-06 at 11:53 -0500, James Abernathy wrote:
>>>         I’ve giving this a test.  On the wiki it states in part:
>>>               Example usage in MythTV
>>>           * In mythtv-setup, select "Capture cards"
>>>           * Select "New capture card"
>>>           * Select "External (black box) recorder" as the card type
>>>           * Specify the executable and (usually) append an arbritary
>>>             unique device name, for example:
>>>             /home/mythtv/bin/mythhdhrrecorder --devicename 0
>>>           * Specify the Max Recordings as 1
>>>           * Select "Finish" to create the capture card
>>>           * Repeat as needed for the number of tuners you want
>>>             MythTV to utilize
>>>           * Perform video source setup as usual
>>>           * For each tuner, go to input connections and add the
>>>             video source, and select "Fetch Channels" if the video
>>>             source is newly created to populate the channel data
>>>             (this does not work with ATSC video sources due to the
>>>             major/minor numbering, but workarounds exist)
>>>         I can’t find the setting for Max Recordings.  I’m using the
>>>         latest 29.1 Mythtv backend and I got this mythhdhrrecorder
>>>         script from the github link in the wiki.
>>>         Has that been changed to force it to 1 and no need to have
>>>         an option???
>>>         Jim A
Okay so I've made some progress here but have some questions.  I assumed 
these instructions were out of date and referred to Gary's PDF "Use of 
the HDHR Premium TV service with MythTV".

I don't have the Premium service but thought I'd follow the instructions 
exactly to better learn some things about mythhdhrrecorder and external 
recorders.  So using a Virtualbox ubuntu 18.04 system I build up mythtv 
29.1 as normal, but followed the PDF to setup the tuners.  I got it 
working except for the premium channels as expected.

So what I think I have right is:

1. mythhdhrrecorder switches to tcp and virtual channels so mythtv-setup 
can't be used to scan the channels.

2. if I follow the PDF instructions but don't include the HDHR Premium 
lineup, but include my zipcode lineup, it will work for normal OTA ATSC 

Currently I'm using Record priorities to set a Custom Priority Rule to 
make sure my HDHR Connect is used for a local channel I'm having 
problems with.  I can't let it record with the HDHR Quatro. I'm also 
able to set LiveTV priorities to keep the Connect higher priority than 
the Quatro.

I'm looking for ways to do this with the mythhdhrrecorder method.  I'm 
thinking I could create external recorders with the --hdhr <id> options 
so I could call them out in my custom priority rules??

Jim A

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