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Author:  RacerX [ Sat Jul 26, 2014 5:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Custom Channel Icons

Back in day I vaguely remember that there used to be icons for the Channel Guide and MythWeb. I'm not that much of Live TV viewer but I noticed the in R8.1 (myth 27) all of the channel icons are missing. Maybe those of us using an antenna for local channels are out of luck. If you would like to customize your channel Icons here is the answer.

First, you'll need the names of the channels.
Go to Mythweb Listing, and notice the left column has the names of all of your channels. Some are letters and some are channel numbers

Second, You'll need to find some sharp custom channel icons. I was able to find a good one from 2006 that no longer exists.
When you find one, Rght click on the icon
save as
(;jpg) and save it to you download directory.
I recommend to look for icons with .jpg extension first and .png extension second

Third - Copy the icons to the channels directory

cp *.jpg /home/mythtv/.mythtv/channels/
cp *.png /home/mythtv/.mythtv/channels/

Fourth -Stop mythbackend

launch mythtv-setup.

select #6
channel editor
sort the channels by number
select the first channel in the list
tab down to Icon:
type the name of your icon. For example CBS-DT.jpg.

Then return to the setup menu (exit then exit)

Optional -
Select #7 Storage Directories
Create New Group


I'm not sure this was necessary.

Exit mythtv-setup,
Restart mythbackend



Your custom channel icons will now show up and they will exist on all of your remote frontends :D

Author:  mattbatt [ Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Custom Channel Icons

That sounds hard.
I just ran mythtv-setup (or alt + s) on the backend went to "6. Channel editor" and tabbed to "icon download". Then I selected "download all icons". There were a few local stations it needed a helping hand searching for the right terms. Otherwise it found the big stations without help. I checked after re-boot the icons show up in the guide as well as the OSD.

Author:  RacerX [ Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:30 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Custom Channel Icons


Revised my original post to make it clearer. The custom icons that are jpeg are better but not always available. It is a bit tedious but the results are sharp.

Author:  mattbatt [ Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Custom Channel Icons

Big 10-4 I actually had to manually add news 13 to mine using your directions. Like you I rarely use live TV or the listings but now they are there.

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