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One of the best sources of channel icons is http://www.lyngsat-logo.com/ . There, you can browse the available icons and choose those appropriate for your system.  However, doing so can be a lot of work (requiring many page hits and a lot of time).
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=Channel Icon Download System=
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As of 0.21, MythTV includes a channel icon download system in ''mythtv-setup'' which will attempt to automatically download icons for channels in your database from services.mythtv.org. If it cannot find an icon it will present you with a list of options, an the ability to define your own search parameters.
  
An easier approach is to use some new features in the post-0.20-SVN branch of MythTV to quickly look up the information. And, the best part is that you can use this new feature even if you're not using SVN--there's no need to upgrade ''any'' part of your MythTV installation.
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To configure icon downloading in mythtv-setup:
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* run "mythtv-setup"
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* select "Channel Editor"
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* click on "Icon Download"
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* select either "Download all icons.." or "Rescan for missing icons.."
  
First, checkout the appropriate portion of the SVN branch with:
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==Universal Location==
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By default the icon will be downloaded to the '/home/<user>/.mythtv/channels' directory. This is not very friendly when you have multiple frontends and wish them all to share the icons. One method to get around this is to use a symlink for this directory that directs to a network located directory that all your frontends have access to, say '/var/mythtv/channels' for example.
  
<pre>
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Before downloading the icons, do the following, or similar as per your distribution:
svn co http://svn.mythtv.org/svn/trunk/mythtv/contrib/master_iconmap
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</pre>
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Doing so will create a directory called "master_iconmap" underneath the current directory. The master_iconmap directory contains a file called "channel_icons.pl", which can be used to retrieve channel icon information. See http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/commits/255099#255099 and "./master_iconmap/channel_icons.pl --usage" for more information.
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<code><pre>
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rm ~/.mythtv/channels -rf
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sudo mkdir /var/mythtv/channels
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sudo chown <user>:<group> /var/mythtv/channels
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ln -s /var/mythtv/channels ~/.mythtv/channels
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</pre></code>
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You will want to run
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<code><pre>
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rm ~/.mythtv/channels -rf
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ln -s /var/mythtv/channels ~/.mythtv/channels
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</pre></code>
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for all the users that can run MythTV as well.
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=Channel Icon Sources=
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One of the best sources of channel icons is http://www.lyngsat-logo.com/ .  There, you can browse the available icons and choose those appropriate for your system.  However, doing so can be a lot of work (requiring many page hits and a lot of time).  Once downloaded you should put the resulting JPEG files into .mythtv/channels/ for the user running the front-end.  To add them to a channel you will need to run mythtv-setup and go to the channel editor and specify the icon file name for each channel.
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==International Channel Logos==
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* [https://ash.ms/projects/channels Australia]
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* [http://www.documentjes.nl/linux/mythtv/icons/ Netherlands]
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[[Category:HOWTO]]

Revision as of 08:20, 9 September 2012

Channel Icon Download System

As of 0.21, MythTV includes a channel icon download system in mythtv-setup which will attempt to automatically download icons for channels in your database from services.mythtv.org. If it cannot find an icon it will present you with a list of options, an the ability to define your own search parameters.

To configure icon downloading in mythtv-setup:

  • run "mythtv-setup"
  • select "Channel Editor"
  • click on "Icon Download"
  • select either "Download all icons.." or "Rescan for missing icons.."

Universal Location

By default the icon will be downloaded to the '/home/<user>/.mythtv/channels' directory. This is not very friendly when you have multiple frontends and wish them all to share the icons. One method to get around this is to use a symlink for this directory that directs to a network located directory that all your frontends have access to, say '/var/mythtv/channels' for example.

Before downloading the icons, do the following, or similar as per your distribution:

rm ~/.mythtv/channels -rf
sudo mkdir /var/mythtv/channels
sudo chown <user>:<group> /var/mythtv/channels
ln -s /var/mythtv/channels ~/.mythtv/channels

You will want to run

rm ~/.mythtv/channels -rf
ln -s /var/mythtv/channels ~/.mythtv/channels

for all the users that can run MythTV as well.

Channel Icon Sources

One of the best sources of channel icons is http://www.lyngsat-logo.com/ . There, you can browse the available icons and choose those appropriate for your system. However, doing so can be a lot of work (requiring many page hits and a lot of time). Once downloaded you should put the resulting JPEG files into .mythtv/channels/ for the user running the front-end. To add them to a channel you will need to run mythtv-setup and go to the channel editor and specify the icon file name for each channel.

International Channel Logos