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Old 05-05-2006, 08:07 AM
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XMLTV - Channel ID Remap & tv_sort queries

I would like to doublecheck on the following
my epgdata.xml has <channel id= 101> tags (this is an example) all set like this.
Tried Importing with different plug-ins into clean SageTV (V5) installs, and SageTV will always number the channels from 2 to 100.
Will I always have to remap the channels first time around in SageTV.
(OK StephaneM's plugin will do this, but I have to change them on the grid there anyway, so more or less the same amount of editing anyway).

Also some of the how-to's on the forum point to using xmltv tv_sort to sort xml files, pre-import to SageTV, and I wonder is this any longer necessary, as SAGE EPG GUI will do chanel sorting instanteously.

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Old 05-05-2006, 08:19 AM
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tv_sort is necessary if your xmltv data does not contain stop times for each program -- this field is required by most of the plug-ins, and will be added by tv_sort...

Some of the importers use a numeric channel <display-name> to get the channel number, others use the ID. (off hand, I cannot remember which ones)

Normally the channel ID field in XMLTV should be used for a unique domain-name-style channel reference (such as, or, not for the channel number (which may vary from location to location)
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