Watching TV is one of the main functions of the device. If you followed the instructions in chapter 1 and have restarted your device, or at last the OSD since then, you should be able to select TV in the Main Menu. In the TV Menu you will find a number of entries by default, though almost the entire menu can be customized to your preferences. The first option is the TV Guide. As mentioned earlier, this device uses the XMLTV system to retrieve EPG data, but relies on manual input of the individual channels. Your TV Channels do not necessarily need to match the XMLTV EPG ones, but if they don’t, the TV Guide screen isn’t very helpful. If these two channel listings match (even if only partially), you should see an overview of your channels, and the various programs running and in the near future. At the bottom of the Screen you will see the four colored controls which can be operated by the remote control or keyboard (UMP-R-1XX and UMP-R-3XX). With these controls you can navigate to an earlier or a later date.
To view a channel, either select it in the TV Guide or choose a random channel and navigate to the desired one by means of CH+ and CH- on the remote. Note that the first 9 channels are also mapped to the numeric keys on the remote control and keyboard (UMP-R-1XX and UMP-R-3XX). As opposed to many modern television sets, where there is a significant delay when switching channels or inputs, the UMP attempts to reduce this as far as possible. When switching between analog/DVB channels, there is almost no visual delay and a ~1,5 second delay in the sound. This is intentionally implemented to filter out any annoying clicking that can be introduced by changing frequency. Note that there is a slightly longer delay when switching to an AV (Composite or S-Video) channel. This is due to the way that the PCI TV interface handles these inputs.
When watching TV most common media playback controls are available, such as Play, Pause, Step, VOL+, VOL-, Mute and Exit.
Using the EPG is one of the functions that can take a little getting used to, though once one is acquainted with its functionality it can greatly ease recording and watching TV.
As described in the previous section, the EPG data currently available is displayed under TV Guide in the TV Menu. Besides viewing the guide and choosing channels, the TV Guide allows you to search EPG data, schedule recordings, add favorites and view additional EPG information available for a specific program. To make use of these functions navigate to TV Guide in the TV Menu and select a channel with EPG data loaded. By default the currently running program will be highlighted. Perform an Alternate Select on the item to see the additional options for this program. Here you will see the following options, depending on the time and date of the program:
- Play: This plays the current item, or rather, switches the corresponding channel if the program is currently running.
- Full Description: This shows any additional information to this program available from the XMLTV source.
- Schedule for Recording: This creates a scheduled recording entry for the item. Note that single tuner models CANNOT view and record a program at the same time.
- Add to Favorites: This creates a favorite entry for the selected item. Favorites are described in detail later on in the manual.
- Search for more of this program: This opens a new dialog with all entries of this program. Here you can decide to add the program to the favorites or select occurrences to record, if the item is repeated in the EPG.
To navigate faster in the TV Guide you can use the CH+ and CH- controls to move up a page or down a page. To move the selection chronologically or counter-chronologically by steps of 1 day you can use the color buttons.
As mentioned previously in this manual, the UMP tries to offer as much flexibility as possible, while remaining simple to use for recreational purposes for regular users. Due to the flexible nature of the software used for TV playback and recording, a lot of the behavior, look and feel can be customized. The following is a list of settings available in the Web Interface under Settings -> TV:
TV_SETTINGS = 'PAL television europe-west /dev/video0'
Here you can specify whether to use PAL or NTSC (if supported by your tuner) and which frequency system you need.
TV_RECORD_DIR = '/mnt/data/Recordings'
Here you can specify where to save recorded programs.
TV_RECORD_DUPLICATE_DETECTION = True
Here you can specify whether duplicate recordings should be cancelled. (True of False)
TV_RECORD_ONLY_NEW_DETECTION = True
Here you can specify whether only new episodes of TV series should be recorded. (True of False)
TV_RECORD_CONFLICT_RESOLUTION = False
Here you can specify how conflicting recordings should be handled (possible values: True (start recording the second program even if the first has not finished), False (wait until first program finishes and then record the rest of the second program), None (the first recording will be recorded unless the second is a favorite))
TV_REENCODE = False
Here you can specify whether to re-encode the recordings into another format. (True of False)
TV_REENCODE_REMOVE_SOURCE = False
Here you can specify whether to remove re-encoded files once the new file is created. (True of False)