andrewhaigh at ntlworld.com
Thu Aug 25 10:19:46 UTC 2005
[edited to keep things relevant]
> If you ever get your NTL channels added to the database (the quickest
> way I've found is to add a couple of channels manually, then create an
> import SQL script to add them all in one go, including the XMLTV info
> and channel numbering) added another channel called VCR or VIDEO which
> will not get regular listings, and use that if you want to record
> directly from the VCR, using a manually scheduled recording.
Good idea - why didn't I think of it?
> If the broadcast info is wrong or incomplete (and happens regularly)
> you can revert to manual recordings which will record no matter what.
> I find using the UKRT grabber gives me up to 2 weeks of data for all
> channels I have listed (I get radio listings from DVB as the RT
> grabber does not supply these.)
> I think you also slightly misunderstand the use of XMLTV IDs ("what
> happens when the broadcaster doesn't exist n the web"). The XMLTV IDs
Actually I just wondered what happened when their website went down/got
renmaed etc, but your answer above clarifies that.
>>>MythTV works very well... It just _has_ to be set up first!
>>Well, my point is that as a 'consumer', I don't want to know all of that
>> complex stuff. I want it to 'just work'.
> MythTV is not (yet) a turnkey consumer application. It is at version
> 0.18.1. This should give an idea as to what you are getting yourself
Point taken :-)
> If you want it to 'just work', get Sky+ or wait for NTLs own offering.
> XP MCE is another option, but nowhere near as featured.
I've already experienced NTHells program guide. The one that regularly
doesn't know whats on :-(
We almost got Sky+ at Xmas '04, but they couldn't do it in a reasonable
timescale, so never bothered. So I eventually decided a small linux box
would make a good pvr/webserver/software dev.
environment/filestore/anything else. But Sky+ would probably be easier
> It should be essential as the whole raison d'etre of MythTV (including
> the plugins) is to change the way you consume digital media. If you
> just want a basic VCR, you're using the wrong software (however if
> you're able to supply a patch that would add this extra functionality
> I'm sure it would be welcomed as you're not the first to ask for it!).
Regrettably my employement contract prevents me writing software for
anyone else. That said, my day job sometimes involves writing gpl'd
software (I've contributed stuff to the linux kernel in the past), and I
do work on linux software tools sometimes too.
> A lot. Have you read Jarod Wilson's FC-specific guide for a complete
> run-through? It seems you also downloaded and compiled most components
> separately when using apt-get and atrpms.net would have had everything
> installed very simply.
At the time I started mucking about with it, it didn't have FC4 support.
Besides, I'm typically used to linux-ware being recommended to compile
> Once you are fully up and running, it really is worth it. With a soure
> such as NTL where you are controlling an external device from within
> MythTV, you need to do some extra legwork, but once it's done you can
> forget about it. I'd recommend using something like phpMyAdmin to
> access the MythTV DB in case you wantto modify existing channel
> information or add new channels as and when NTL do so.
I will look into it (I'm an embedded software engineer, so I've not much
prior form with databases...)
> FYI, I am running a Myth system with DVB, analog terrestrial, and NTL
> over direct input. I use PVR-350, Nova-T and WinTV PCI cards and use
> FC/RHEL systems.
I've used the only PCI slot in my Shuttle :-)
One last small question: have you got any suggestions for a small
wireless keyboard/mouse/touchpad? At the moment I've got the remote
control working with the PVR-350, but I'm configuring everything else
with my wireless laptop and ssh/remote X...
It certainly does, thanks!
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