In this section you can manage your TV channels that you got by either adding them manually or (much more likely) by doing a channel scan on your tv card as described in TV Servers.
The TV Groups section in TV Channels configuration allows you to create groups of channels. The advantage is that rather than looking through a long list (with DVB-S this may be hundreds of channels) you can filter it down to the ones you want. You may create as many Channel Groups as you wish, for example to group channels by genre such as "Entertainment", "News", "Kids", "Music", "Films" or to give each user his personalized favorites list.
The order of the groups can simply be changed by dragging the tab of the group with pressed left mouse key.
The active group displayed in MediaPortal can be switched in the following ways :
- in the (EPG guide or (now & next guide) by using the OK button on the remote (or enter on the keyboard) and then using the left and right arrows (or cursors on the keyboard).
- in the (EPG Guide) by pressing the info button on the remote and select "Groups" from the menu that appears. Then select the group from the list. Or by navigating to the Groups button, usually by using the left arrow key from a channel.
The group order here is reflected 1:1 in MediaPortal when watching TV (Mini-Guide) or in the EPG-Guide.
You have at least 2 groups present after a successful scan:
- Channels (nnn) where nnn is the number of channels in this group
- All channels
These two fixed groups can be neither deleted nor renamed!
Important note: When you have more than one card of tuner-type (e.g. a twin DVB-S card or two separate DVB-S cards) duplicate channels with identical tuning details found on both cards are only displayed once in the channel list. They are for all practical purposes treated as one virtually combined channel. (See also:Mini GuideTV Guide Channel Combinations)
There can be additional, automatically created groups after scanning if you have checked the corresponding options
- Analog (Antenna or cable)
- Digital satellite (DVB-S and DVB-S2)
- Digital terrestrial (DVB-T and DVB-T2)
- Digital cable (DVB-C)
These groups can be deleted by right-clicking on their tab.
Nevertheless they cannot be renamed!
All other manually created groups can be renamed and deleted at will by right-clicking on their tab.
You can order the channels inside a group list simply by either dragging and dropping a single or a whole bunch of marked channels or alternatively with the up and down-arrows below the channel group lists.
First group: "Channels(nnn)"
This group has in contrast to all other groups special controls which are explained further down.
Channels with a red encircled T are encrypted or scrambled, but there may also be some encrypted or scrambled channels marked with a green encircled T because the encryption or scramling cannot always be detected.
Furthermore there a lot of pure data-channels especially on DVB-S transponders without any audio or video content.
These also are not marked as encrypted or scrambled and must or can only be deleted manually.
Instant filtering filters the list of channels as you type and only shows results that match the search criteria (the search is case-insensitive). So if you type in H into the tex tbox, all channels containing "h" will be shown, HD will filter the list for all channels containing "hd", and so on. If the text box is empty all available channels are shown.
You can also sort alphabetically, by group name or by provider name by clicking on the respective column head.
Right-click on one or more marked channels
This opens a sub-menu:
- Add to group (further expands to all available groups right of the arrow) to add this channel(s) to a selected group
(One channel can be added to as many groups as you want)
- Delete this channel same as the Delete button in the lower field
- Edit channel same as the Edit button in the lower field. Will be explained there
- Rename selected channel(s) by SID
- Add SID in front of name
- Renumber channels by SID
SID is the Service ID of a channel in DVB.
The last three options usually only make sense if the channel names are inconclusive or non-existing.
Editing channels is further explained in the Add or Edit a Channel section.
Two slow clicks on a channel-name
Makes the name of the channel editable
Opens a separate window to actually preview the selected channel which is useful for a lot of purposes.
Sometimes you get an inconclusive or crippled channel-name (or none at all often in analog tuning) and hereby can check what the channel really is.
Furthermore a lot of scrambled or encrypted channels as well as pure data-channels aren't flagged or recognized as such and must be manually checked.
When clicking this option a small window "Testing all checked tv channels" pops up and displays the currently tested channel.
When tuning/timeshifting doesn't succeed the channel will be unchecked in the channel list.
Remember: the channel doesn't get deleted, but only unchecked and thus doesn't appear in the channel list anymore when actually watching TV.
Though this takes some time for all channels to finish, it saves much more time compared to finding out by hand all channels that can't be displayed (e.g. too weak signal, scrambled/encrypted, channel doesn't broadcast anymore)
You can interrupt the testing at any time by clicking the "Test" button again (which during testing is renamed "Stop").
Deletes one or more marked channels from the channel list after a confirmation question ("Do you really want to...").
Deletes all channels from the channel list after a confirmation question ("Do you really want to...").
Add/Rename/Delete Channel groups
Allows you to add, rename or delete a channel group from the Channels (nnn) group.
You can also rename or delete a group by right-clicking on the respective group-tab.
Creating a new group is also possible by right-clicking a selected channel, then expand Add to group and selecting the down-most entry (New...)
Uncheck/Delete scrambled or encrypted channels
The first option only unchecks scrambled/encrypted channels so that you keep them in the scanned channel list but they aren't visible in the TV-guide/EPG.
If you don't have a CAM/CI to descramble/decrypt these channels its best to delete them to get a cleaner channel list.
This allows you to combine the same channel found on 2 or more different cards. For example, you may have the same channel broadcast on analogue, DVB-T and DVB-S. If the channel is selected or used for recording, MediaPortal will use the highest priority TV card that is free that has that channel present.
For more information on TV Combinations see Combinations
Mappings determine which cards can be used for which channels. If a channel is mapped to a card it means that card can be used to view/record the channel. Mappings are automatically created when you scan for channels but it can be useful at times to do manual mappings.
For more information on TV Mapping see Mapping
When going to one of the other groups you have the following options to work with the channels:
- Sort channels in group by name or channel number by clicking on the respective column header.
The channel number is a unique MediaPortal internal number ascribed to each channel individually
- "Order by" button has the same function as sorting alphabetically up or downward by clicking the "Name" column-header
- Drag and drop or move up and down with the arrows one or more marked channels as in the Channels (nnn) group
- "Preview" or "Remove from" group with the respective buttons
Right-clicking on a channel gives you the choice of
- "Copy to group"
- "Remove from group"
- "Delete this channel"
- "Edit" channel (further details in the Add or Edit Channels section)