[mythtv-users] mythhdhrrecorder setup

Allen Edwards allen.p.edwards at gmail.com
Sat Dec 8 15:37:07 UTC 2018

On Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 6:38 AM James Abernathy <jfabernathy at gmail.com>

> 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> wrote:
>> On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 10:42 AM James Abernathy <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 these instructions were out of date and referred to Gary's PDF "Use of the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
> channels.
> 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

This discussion is way over my head but I have a question.  I think the
concern is that some tuners work with some channels and others work with
others and you are trying to make it so that the correct tuner is used
regardless of the channel requested.  My question is, assuming you are
using Schedules Direct, why not create separate lineups for each tuner and
specify the channels that work with that tuner? Seems like stock Myth would
then just use the correct tuner automatically.

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