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KnoppMyth R5D1 basic setup / TV listings for Perth Australia

Posted 12-11-2006 at 04:41 AM by Caysho

This is based on these two walkthroughs: This has more information about the rest of the setup than what I have here. Small and concise.

I've blown up my box twice now, and took notes both times :)
This now takes me about 30 minutes to do.

Stop the backend first
/etc/init.d/mythtv-backend stop
If necessary, start myth-setup
General > Global Backend Setup
TV Format: PAL
VBI Format: PAL Teletext
Channel Frequency: australia
Time offset for XML TV listings: Auto
Follow symlinks when deleting files: Tick

Anything else per your preference.

note - I originally had +0800 for this, being in WA and based on the hanna walkthrough and some other places. However, doing this means that the database stores the offset when doing scheduling and presenting the listings. Using Auto, this will be based on the back end's timezone, so DST modifiers should not screw with listings.

Capture Cards
Make sure your hardware is being detected.

Video Sources > Video source setup
Video Source Name: FreeToAir
XML TV Listings grabber: Australia
Channel frequency table: australia

Go finish, and answer anything (we will be replacing the file anyway).

You'll need a command line for this, best to use ssh.

get the grabber tv_grab_au_reg
put it into /usr/local/bin
move the knoppmyth grabber to tv_grab_au.original
move the downloaded grabber to tv_grab_au

The two walkthoughs I read both do a symlink with the downloaded grabber, but I prefer renaming the files (less confusing).

Create the file /home/mythtv/.mythtv/FreeToAir.xmltv from the following:
< ? xml version="1.0"?>
< !--
This is a configure script for the tv_grab_au_reg XMLTV grabber.
-- >
< config>
< !--
Insert your username and password information here. Only include login
information for those data services with which you have registered.
-- >
< login provider="tvguide" user="YourUserName" password="YourPassWord" />
< channel display="ABC TV Perth" tvguide="ABC-WA"/>
< channel display="ABC2" tvguide="ABC2" channeltz="-0300"/>
< channel display="7 Digital" tvguide="Seven-WA"/>
< channel display="Nine Digital" tvguide="Nine-WA"/>
< channel display="Ten Digital" tvguide="Ten-WA"/>
< channel display="SBS Digital 1" tvguide="SBS-WA"/>
< /config>
Remove the spaces after the < (firefox is treating them as markup).
While we're at the commandline, get the channel icons.

And back to myth-setup
Input Connections > Connect sources to input
Display Name: Antenna
Video source: FreeToAir

Can scan channels now or do it later, sometimes the scan needs to be done more than once (I seem to miss Ch 9 on the first pass)

Channel Editor > Channels
You want the same channels that are listed in the xmltv file.

Transport Editor should look like

Get rid of the channels you don't need.

For each channel enter the details at
The XML ID matches the tvguide attribute in the xmltv file.
This section is what binds the channel list to the tuner.

Once these details are entered, get out of mythtv-setup. The rest of the setup should occur now, with some questions asked from a CLI window.
When that's done, the front end will appear.

In the ssh session, run as mythtv
mythfilldatabase --update
You can also run it with --update-all or refresh-all if things don't look right.

I've been running this for about 3 weeks now, and I'm about to put in a second tuner to deal with conflicts.
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  1. Old Comment
    I put in the new tuner, another AVerTV DVB-T 777.
    It works. I had to get another tv amplifier/splitter to give me the additional outputs.
    I tried the Kingray SA124R, but the power supply is designed to be sitting behind the wall plate. I'm guessing it's intended for tradesmen. Also, the gain wasn't quite enough (10dB).
    This resulted in no signal, and therefore no recordings; the file size was always "B".
    The SA164 works perfectly with 16 dB.
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by Caysho Caysho is offline


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