MythTV UK Freesat frequencies

Another post that is as much for my own note taking as anything else but, on the chance that somebody might find it useful, I decided WordPress would be better than Evernote.

When setting up MythTV I have previously followed the excellent UK-centric guides provided by Garry Parker at When it came to setting up the channels for Freesat I found his guide at no longer worked for me in one small respect – the channel scanning. I did some digging around for Freesat frequencies and here are what I found that work for me on the Wirral.

Frequency Polarity Symbol Rate FEC
10773250 Horizontal 22000000 5/6
10802750 Horizontal 22000000 5/6
10788000 Vertical 22000000 5/6
10817500 Vertical 22000000 5/6

I scanned with all four of these settings, leaving everything else at default and I now have a full set of satellite channels


Use Wallpaper As Wallpaper

Here’s an idea for you, why not use your wallpaper as wallpaper? Here’s a picture of my TV attached to my MythTV PVR. The background image is a photograph of the wallpaper immediately to the left of TV. It just makes the TV “fit” into the room better (in my opinion).

Wallpaper as wallpaper

You could do this for any computer screen that sits in front of a wall.

In this case I updated a MythTV theme to use the picture as the background.

To do this locate your themes folder. Mine is at /usr/share/mythtv/themes/ and then copy the folder of the theme you want to base it on. Have a look for the theme.xml file and open this with gedit (or your text editor of choice). You’ll see a section that describes the background – note the name of the file and the directory it is in. Now go and open that file and take a note of the image size.

All you have to do is rescale your photograph of your wallpaper, and then replace the theme background image with it. Select your new theme from within MythTV and you’re done.