User Manual:Manage Recordings
This section covers the different ways to schedule recordings in MythTV. The Scheduling Recordings article also has detailed information about MythTV's scheduling system.
The electronic program guide (EPG), allows you to see what is currently being shown on the channels you receive. The EPG is color coded, each color represents a different category of show. The colors are determined by the theme currently being used and can be customized by editing the file "ui.xml" in the directory for the theme.
The guide needs data from somewhere. In North America you can get this data from Data Direct, in other parts of the world you use XMLTV. mythfilldatabase retrieves the program data and should be run nightly. Starting with version 0.19, DVB-T sources can use EIT to build the program guide.
The Program Finder allows searching by letter or number to find what shows are available. In the left hand column, select the appropriate letter. In the second column, a list of titles is available. In the third column will be a list of times the show is airing. This is good for scheduling lots of shows as well as when you want to schedule something that is more than a day away, saves lots of scrolling and searching the EPG.
A description of the program appears at the top of the screen, showing the original air date and the time and channel of the next airing.
This list contains shows that are in the current listings and have not been in your listings previously in the past 320 days. This is useful for finding new things on TV that are not reruns.
For those of you that want to do really advanced stuff you might find it helpful to read the section on Custom Recording
Manual Schedule allows the MythTV user to manually enter parameters to be used for recording. This is very similar to controls that were made popular on VCR (video cassette recorder) devices.
The options are very straightforward and simple to use:
Channel: The desired channel to be recorded
Date or day of the week: This can be set to record a show up to two months in the future.
Time: The start time of the recording. Can be selected in 5 minute increments.
Duration: From 1 to 360 minutes
Once this information is entered, the next step is to Set Recording Options.
If you have multiple tuner cards, MythTV will try and resolve schedule conflicts by searching for repeat broadcasts of the same show as well as trying to handle non broadcasts due to changes in schedules. For recording of multiple episodes of a show, MythTV will look at the episode information to identify unique episodes.
You can change Recording priorities in Setup->TV Settings->Recording Priorities
This screen lists all of the scheduled recordings, showing the time, channel, and title. When a program is actually recording, the text is shown in a red font; normally, it is green. Once a program has been recorded, it is removed from this list by MythTV.
The MythTV master backend is responsible for managing the schedule for all TV tuner cards on the master and any slave. Its job is to search the TV listing for the shows you have requested and assign recordings to the TV tuner cards. If none of the shows that you've chosen overlap, it simply records all of the shows. However, if there are shows where the beginning and end times overlap, the scheduler follows rules that you've specified or makes logical decisions about what would be best if you haven't expressed any preference.
There are two 'views' available.
This tells you if there are any conflicts that would prevent one or more shows from being recorded.
The items in the list are colored in the record color for things that will record, white for things that may need attention, gray for those that do not need to record and yellow when there is a time conflict. Items at the top of the list may also be highlighted in red indicating that the recording is in progress.
Tuner Number and Status Code
Numbers indicate which card number has been assigned to record the show. Letters are used to indicate the reason that something will not be recorded. You can see what the letter means in the "Record Mode" Below.
This is a short status message for the highlighted item that indicates the type of record rule that was matched, the "total priority" for this showing and a one or two word explanation of the status code.
Should you desire to erase any of your recordings, this is the screen to do it from. A list of all currently saved recordings is presented, along with a helpful thumbnail video preview of the content and a status bar indicating how much disk space has been used and how much is still free.
To delete a video, scroll to the selection, and press the "OK" button on the remote. A confirmation screen will appear; select "Yes, delete it" and the video is erased. This screen defaults to "No", so should you accidentally press "OK" here, your video will still be saved.
As its name implies, the Previously Recorded screen showcases all of the titles that have been recorded by your MythTV box. This is useful for making sure you do not record a program you already have. Should you desire to do so, however, just select the program and another screen will show with the following options:
Allow this episode to re-record
Remove this episode from the list
Remove all episodes for this title
Removing items from this list will not delete the recordings, however.