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  Tip See the TV Setup guide for details how to setup TV in MediaPortal.

Overview

Select the most common settings for using TV in MediaPortal.

Introduction

Only some TV Settings related to the display and playback of TV can be selected or changed within MediaPortal Settings.

You may configure more options using  Configuration > TV  for client PCs (including single seat set ups) and Configuration > TV-Server for server settings (which also apply to single seat set ups).

Settings

MediaPortal supports LAV Filters for 'out of the box' playback of most media files. It is the default settings for most codecs.

 
MPEG-2 Video Codec

 Selecting this option will display a list of all the codecs you have installed on your system that can be used for TV playback (as well as recorded TV files in .ts format)

H.264 Video Codec

Selecting this option will display a list of all the codecs you have installed on your system that can be used for High Definition (HD) TV playback (as well as recorded TV files in .ts format) using a H.264 codec.

Audio Codec

Select to display a list of all the audio codecs you have installed on your system.

AAC Audio Codec

Select to display a list of all the AAC audio codecs you have installed on your system and choose which codec you prefer for AAC sound.

Audio Renderer

Select the default renderer you wish to use for TV audio.

Deinterlacing

You can choose None, Bob, Weave or Best.

Aspect Ratio

Select the default aspect ratio for TV playback from the list of supported aspect ratios or zoom modes you have selected in Configuration > TV Zoom.

Automatically turn on TV

Select to turn on TV automatically when you go to TV Home. Ask for confirmation when stopping timeshift Enables the notification that is displayed when stopping timeshift.

Enable colored buttons in TV EPG

See TV Guide Settings below for details.

Enable colored genres in TV EPG

See TV Guide Settings below for details.

Border selected program in TV EPG

See TV Guide Settings below for details.

Show genre color map in TV EPG

See TV Guide Settings below for details.

TV Guide Settings

Enable colored buttons in TV EPG

The following image shows how the guide looks with the "Enabled colored buttons in TV EPG" option DISABLED.

As you can see, all guide "cells" are displayed in a uniformed color. There is no distinction between channel identifiers, current, future or past programs. There is also no clear way to identify which channel/ program is currently selected other than reading the text below the grid. 

The following image shows how the guide looks with the "Enabled colored buttons in TV EPG" option ENABLED.

With this option enabled, you can clearly see a distinction between programs that are currently airing (highlighted in green) and programs that will be airing in the future (highlighted in grey). The currently selected program is also highlighted a different color (blue) to make navigation easier. 

Enable colored genres in TV EPG

This option displays programs using the genre map and color coding that you previously configured in MediaPortal's TV-Server Configuration utility. For information regarding the configuration of the EPG Genre Map please see EPG Genre_Map.

The following image shows an example of how the guide can look once the EPG Genre Map has been configured and the option to display the colored genres has been enabled.

Please note that the "Enabled colored buttons in TV EPG" and "Enable colored genres in TV EPG" options must BOTH be enabled before the colors will be displayed.

Border selected program in TV EPG

This option (as the name suggests) enables (or disables) a border highlight around the currently selected guide item. You can see the border around "Cash in the Attic" in the following screenshot.

This can be particularly useful when navigating the guide with either the "Enabled colored buttons in TV EPG" and/ or "Enable colored genres in TV EPG" options enabled. You can however enable or disable it to suite your own preference regardless of your other configuration choices. 

Show genre color map in TV EPG

In the previous screenshots you may have noticed the "genre color map" at the top of the images (see below).

While this is useful for quickly identifying the genre that a particular color is representing, not everyone will want or need this visual aid. Therefore, this option can be used to choose whether or not the color map (or "key") should be displayed.

The following screenshot shows a genre mapped guide with the "color map" option disabled.

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