[mythtv-users] Help needed with MythTV/Comcast Digital/HD Homerun Dual Tuner
camattern at acm.org
Tue Sep 28 11:12:44 UTC 2010
I have some MythTV background (formerly ran 0.21 on a standalone CentOS box
with a Hauppauge PVR-350 on Comcast SD) but have moved, married and am
wanting to set up a new install for my new larger family. I am looking to
do a standalone backend on a VM using an HD HR dual tuner with multiple
front ends and one secondary backend for optical media importing. Would
also be nice to have easy Windows access for my kids. I'm a sysadmin by day
but do not have a lot of time to spend keeping disparate repositories in
sync (was bitten last time by dependency conflicts between the CentOS and
external repository (can't remember which it was at this time)) so I'm
leaning toward a unified distro like mythbuntu or mythdora.
Status: Installed Mythbuntu backend server talking to the HDHR (no OTA at
this time) as a VM and Mythbuntu on a dedicated PC as a frontend/secondary
backend. Live TV functionality worked well.
Challenges (I did dig through the myriad FAQs and invest quite a few hours
in trying to get this going):
- I'm having trouble with my channel selection. I've taken multiple
whacks at getting the channel listing by scanning and then syncing up with
the listing from SchedulesDirect but it seems to have gotten a tad more
interesting with digital. On my first pass I found that the channels were
out of sync with the SchedulesDirect so my program listing was useless and
scheduled recordings pulled the wrong channel. Subsequent attempts took me
down the path of guessing whether we are on cable, cable-hrc or cable-irc
and scanning in all sorts of different channels, having to take Myth's
suggestions and ending up with a mess.
- Ripping the media simply returned to the menu seemingly without even
trying to access the DVD drive (but that is secondary and I can get back to
Confession: I was swayed by a friend's tales of SageTV and burned down my
installation to try it. only to learn that there is no eval license for
Linux ( I DO want to try before I buy) and that the Linux server does not
play DVDs (according to one of the SageTV forums) and I am not really open
to running Sage on a Windows backend so I am back with hat in hand asking
for some help.
- pointer to an FAQ for getting my channels imported from Comcast Digtal
"World of More" in Acworth, GA (a suburb of ATL, spot checks of the paper
listing sent by Comcast to the SchedulesDirect listing seem to match up with
the Atlanta line up
- pointer to an FAQ for pulling in all of the available channels and none
of the cruft using the HDHR
- pointer to an FAQ for pulling the old recorded content off of the old
MythTV and into the new backend, the hardware needs to go away
Of course if any reader has an out right recipe for this combination that
would be cool beyond words and appreciated even more than the fact that you
read this far.
Thanks and blessings,
"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."
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