[mythtv-users] Trouble Adding Channel

John Pilkington johnpilk222 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 3 11:33:07 UTC 2022

On 03/02/2022 10:31, Mike Perkins wrote:
> On 03/02/2022 07:55, David Watkins wrote:
>> On Thu, 3 Feb 2022 at 04:00, R. G. Newbury <newbury at mandamus.org> wrote:
>>> On 2022-02-02 6:26 p.m., DryHeat122 wrote:
>>>> There are no channel entries like the ones you describe so I'm 
>>>> reluctant
>>>> to experiment by adding one unless someone says it's definitely the
>>>> thing to do. I'm guessing the record in question is in
>>>> SchedulesDirect-hdpvr.DB
>>> It looks like you have not properly configured the setup. The wiki page
>>> here: https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/XMLTV
>>> has a quite complete breakdown of the necessary steps. Personally, I am
>>> running an older version of mythtv which does not have all of the steps
>>> available from within mythtv Video Setup. So I use the command line 
>>> method.
>>> tv_grab_zz_sdjson --configure --config-file
>>> /home/mythtv/.mythtv/hdpvr.xmltv
>>> One of the steps involved in the configure process, is to go through and
>>> select the channels you want, or don't want. This is tedious. The quick
>>> route is generally to set all channels to 'yes', and then edit the
>>> hdpvr.xmltv file, setting '=' for those you want and '!' for those you
>>> do not.
>>> Geoff
>> When configuring xmltv by hand for the Schedules Direct grabber you 
>> get the
>> option to select a Lineup or a group of channels.
>> I've never selected a Lineup, but I assume it's a preset group of 
>> channels
>> based on your specified location.
>> If that works then it's much easier than individually selected 
>> channels by
>> hand which, as Geoff says, is very tedious.
>> Sounds like maybe that Lineup isn't working for you though.
> Yep. I would never do that here. The lineup is 'inaccurate' for my 
> postcode since I am in a location which overlaps three different local 
> regions. People the other side of town (same postcode) get London while 
> we get South; others a little way north can get Oxford easier.
> Suggestion: Do a dummy config run to another .xmltv file and select all 
> channels, then have a look and see if they have all the ones you expect. 
> That will tell you if your problem could be there.
I notice that BBC One (Oxford) is now on IPTV.  Don't tell HMG.  It says 
540p but drops to lower spec.  I wonder if that could use schedule info 
from other sources?

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