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A word about "channels"
A TV channel is often, even usually, linked to a guide channel. The guide channel binds the guide data to the TV channel so to speak. This means it's quite possible to have two channels linked to the same guide data. In Belgium we have a channel called "één" and they have an HD version of the exact same programming called "één HD". So in ARGUS TV, both "één" and "één HD" as TV channels and both are associated with the single guide channel "één".
If you import an XMLTV file ARGUS TV will check all channels in the file and auto-create guide channels if needed. And since a guide channel on its own is not so useful it will also auto-create a default TV channel for each guide channel it creates (using the same name as the guide channel). A guide channel, that is not attached to a TV channel, can't be recorded nor played.
If you use ARGUS TV Recorder, you will have to link your channels to services that are found on your digital cards.
If you use MediaPortal TV Server, we need to bring on board a third kind of channel: the tuning channel. This is basically a channel known by the recorder/tuner. So for example, in MediaPortal TV Server's case these are its scanned channels which contain tuning information for the cards they are scanned on and mapped to.
Importing using a XMLTV file
You can use the guide grabber of your choice, and drop the guide XML file in the ProgramData\ARGUS TV\XMLTV. Mostly people schedule a job that will launch a batch file to start fetching the XMLTV file and dropping it at the proper location for import into ARGUS TV.
ARGUS TV will automatically import the data into its database. You can see feedback of this process in the log screen of the ARGUS TV Scheduler Console:
Importing using DVB-EPG
DVB-EPG is EPG information that is streamed with the TV signal itself.
DVB-EPG must be activated in your recorder.
- If you use ARGUS TV Recorder, you can select the channels you would want to grab in ARGUS TV Recorder Console
- If you use MediaPortal TV Server, you do it there
- If you use both, DVB-EPG and XMLTV import, set the priority in the Settings section of ARGUS TV Scheduler Console
Import using TvGuideImporter
ARGUS TV offers a program called TvGuideImporter to import guide-data from different providers, eg. ClickFinder and Schedules Direct. There is a separate installation guide for TvGuideImporter, so refer to it if you need guidance.
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