TVE Locals do not show up on most clients

In the experimental section, I checked to use the networks from TVE. It pulled in guide data and works fine on the PC interface to view them (except Fox). But these channels 6000,1,3 do not show up in the guide on the FStick or Shield clients under ALL, or any other place. Fox 6002 does show up but I get a 400 bad request error. Fox does not work on the PC client either so it may be available at all. I tested on clients from my pi server and my shield server. Note that inside the client, on the Settings->Manage Sources->YouTube TV source, they do show up and I have even selected them as favorites. But they do not show up in the guide.

Logs from when viewing from PC
2020/12/27 11:53:00.978770 [ERR] Failed to start stream for ch6002: TVE: platform response: 400 Bad Request
2020/12/27 11:53:01.034235 [HLS] Couldn't generate stream playlist for ch6002-dANY-ip192.168.50.252: TVE: platform response: 400 Bad Request
2020/12/27 11:53:01.034361 [HLS] Stopping transcoder session ch6002-dANY-ip192.168.50.252
2020/12/27 11:53:10.998696 [TVE] stream timestamps: abc: start_at=2020-12-27T11:52:15-05:00 current_at=2020-12-27T11:52:36-05:00 end_at=2020-12-27T11:52:44-05:00
2020/12/27 11:53:10.998798 [TNR] Opened connection to TVE-YouTubeTV for ch6001 ABC
2020/12/27 11:53:11.001903 [HLS] Starting transcoder for channel 6001 from (encoder=remux, resolution=, deinterlacer=, bitrate=3003)
2020/12/27 11:53:11.680709 [HLS] Probed live stream in 678.203125ms: h264 1280x720 progressive 2609189bps
2020/12/27 11:53:11.709148 [HLS] Session ch6001-dANY-ip192.168.50.252 started in 1.90530375s
2020/12/27 11:53:17.000846 [HLS] Stopping transcoder session ch6001-dANY-ip192.168.50.252 (out: 0s, finished: false)
2020/12/27 11:53:17.053329 [TNR] Closed connection to TVE-YouTubeTV for ch6001 ABC
2020/12/27 11:53:28.777544 [TNR] Opened connection to TVE-YouTubeTV for ch6000 NBC
2020/12/27 11:53:28.781091 [HLS] Starting transcoder for channel 6000 from (encoder=remux, resolution=, deinterlacer=, bitrate=4200)
2020/12/27 11:53:29.197617 [HLS] ffmpeg: ch6000-dANY-ip192.168.50.252-remux: [hls @ 0x20dd4c4c00] Timestamps are unset in a packet for stream 1. This is deprecated and will stop working in the future. Fix your code to set the timestamps properly
2020/12/27 11:53:29.527642 [HLS] Probed live stream in 746.032813ms: h264 1920x1080 progressive 2468830bps
2020/12/27 11:53:29.552095 [HLS] Session ch6000-dANY-ip192.168.50.252 started in 1.306438489s
2020/12/27 11:53:35.805689 [HLS] Stopping transcoder session ch6000-dANY-ip192.168.50.252 (out: 22.622489s, finished: false)
2020/12/27 11:53:35.867661 [TNR] Closed connection to TVE-YouTubeTV for ch6000 NBC

The clients merge duplicate channels. Are you getting these channels through any other source, such as an HDHR?

Ah yes. I do use a HDHR. I didn't know they combined the channels. I will try to figure a way to remove the channel from the HDHR. I am just testing if I can get a more consistent signal via TVE

It uses your favorites and source order to determine which version of the merged channel to display. If you’re wanting to see the TVE versions in the guide go into the client settings and move the TVE source up to the first priority. Your favorites also come into play so be sure you have favorited all the relevant channels in the TVE source as well.

Is there any way to not get them to merge the locals? It seems to be doing it to me on a couple of stations. [edit: I guess I’ll try putting the local tve in favorites and see if that works]

I kinda like having both options for the same channel. One to save on download traffic and one for more reliable recordings. And sometimes it’s nice if the antenna is crappy for some reason on certain days.

I have a hdhr cbs and on 4.1 and the tve cbs on 6003. Same situation for Fox and ABC.

I could have sworn I had both an antenna/hdhr and tve versions of NBC and PBS yesterday but now it seems like I have to use one or the other with adjusting the tuner priority.

No. Client duplicate channel merging cannot be disabled, I don’t believe.

If one channel is a favorite on two sources will the source priority take over? Or do you recommend not making favorites over multiple sources? Thanks in advance.

Correct, because they will be merged. I recommend favoriting the channel on the source with lower priority. That way if you select from the Guide, you get the higher priority non-favorite version, but from the On Now (or Favorites view of the Guide or Quick Guide) you can ensure you get the lower priority source's version.

Remember also:

  1. Favorites/priorities on the clients are only for viewing live content. The Favorites and priority of sources on the server is for recordings; they are separate lists, and not presently kept in sync.
  2. When viewing live in a client, direct access (by entering a channel number) or channel up/down (if Channel Surfing is set to all) will allow you to tune the channels that don't show up in the guide because they were merged.