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Sony Channel Editor: How to sort, add and delete channels in your Channel List

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Here is the advanced user guide for the Sony Channel Editor.

  1. Searching for channels
  2. Locating HD Channels at the top
  3. Deleting channels
  4. Moving channels
  5. Sorting channels alphabetically and numerically
  6. Adding favourite channel(s)
  7. Removing favourite channel(s)
  8. Switching from television list to radio list
  9. Zooming In and Out
  10. Help

 

Searching for channels

There are two methods you can use when searching for channels. You can search purely by the channel number using the small number box in the top-middle section of the application, as well as searching by text (such as channel name) using the search box at the top left-hand side of the application.

Figure 12: Search boxes
Figure 12: Search boxes

 

Numerical search
Enter the channel number you wish to find (e.g., ‘001’, ‘2’, ‘07’), then press Enter as shown in Figure 13.

Figure 13: Numerical search
Figure 13: Numerical search

 

Text search
Enter the channel name you wish to find (e.g. ‘ZDF HD’) and press Enter as shown in Figure 14.

Figure 14: Text search
Figure 14: Text search


Locating HD Channels at the top

If you want to position HD channels at the top of your list, please click HD CHANNELS FIRST button on the left-hand side menu. All HD channels will be listed starting from position 1 as shown in Figure 15.

Figure 15: HD Channels First
Figure 15: HD Channels First

Please note that HD channels may or may not have “HD” term in their names. 
 

Deleting channels

Delete is used to remove selected TV/Radio channel(s) from your current loaded sdb.xml. To delete a single channel, please click on the channel you wish to delete as shown in Figure 16.

Figure 16: Selecting a channel
Figure 16: Selecting a channel

TIP: To select multiple channels hold CTRL or SHIFT on your keyboard

Then please click DELETE from the options panel on the left-hand side as shown in Figure 17.

Figure 17: Clicking delete
Figure 17: Clicking delete


In order to finish the delete operation, please click OK as shown in Figure 18.

Figure 18: Dialog box
Figure 18: Dialog box


The selected channel has now been deleted as shown in Figure 19.

Figure 19: Channel list with deleted channel
Figure 19: Channel list with deleted channel


Undo Delete

In order to undo the delete operation, click UNDO DELETE as shown in Figure 20.

Figure 20: Dialog box
Figure 20: Dialog box

The previously deleted channel has now been restored as shown in Figure 21.
 

Figure 21: Channel list with deleted channel
Figure 21: Channel list with deleted channel

 

Moving channels

You can move single or multiple channels by selecting the ones you wish to move and dragging them to a new position. This makes use of the conventional drag and drop method which allows you to reposition the channels in your list easily and quickly. This method can be used for both television and radio lists.

TIP: The drag and drop method is not suitable for middle positions between selected channels.
E.g. If you select channels 7 and 12, you can’t drag and drop them to position 9.

Select the channel(s) you wish to move as shown in Figure 22.

Figure 22: Selecting channel(s)
Figure 22: Selecting channel(s)

1 – Click channel to move.
2 (Optional) – “Shift” click another channel to select a whole group of channels to move.

Drag the selected channel(s) to a new location of your choice as shown in Figure 23.

Figure 23: Moving channel(s)
Figure 23: Moving channel(s)

 

The channels are now in their new positions as shown in Figure 24.

Figure 24: Channels in new position
Figure 24: Channels in their new positions


 

Sorting channels alphabetically and numerically

 

Sort Alphabetically
In order to sort your channels in alphabetical order, please click Sort Alphabetically.

Figure 25: Selecting sort alphabetically
Figure 25: Selecting sort alphabetically


The channels have now been sorted alphabetically as shown in Figure 26.

Figure 26: Channels alphabetically sorted
Figure 26: Channels alphabetically sorted

 

Sort Numerically
If you click Sort Numerically, your channels will be sorted in numerical order according to their channel number. 
(NOTE: Click Discard on the pop up to undo alphabetical ordering.)

Figure 27: Selecting sort numerically
Figure 27: Selecting sort numerically


The channels have now been sorted numerically as shown in Figure 28.

Figure 28: Channels numerically sorted
Figure 28: Channels numerically sorted

 

Adding favourite channel(s)

Favourites can be added to four favourites lists. A television channel or a radio channel can be added to a favourite list.

The favourite buttons are displayed at the bottom of the application screen.

Figure 29: Display Favourites 1, 2, 3 and 4 buttons
Figure 29: Display Favourites 1, 2, 3 and 4 buttons

 

Adding channel(s)
To add a single channel, please click on the channel(s) you wish as shown in Figure 30 and select the Edit Favourites button from the options panel.

TIP: To select multiple channels, hold CTRL or SHIFT on your keyboard.

Figure 30: Selecting a channel(s) and Edit Favourites button
Figure 30: Selecting a channel and Edit favourite button

1 – Click
2 – “CTRL” Click
3 – “CTRL” Click

The dialog box will be displayed to select which favourite list to add your selected channel(s) to.

Figure 31: Dialog box displayed when ‘Edit Favourites’ button selected
Figure 31: Dialog box displayed when ‘Edit Favourites’ button selected


Channel(s) can be added to one or more favourite lists, by simply choosing a favourite list number and clicking OK.

Figure 32: Dialog box to select the favourite list user would like the channel to be added to
Figure 32: Dialog box to select the favourite list user would like the channel to be added to

 

Added channels to a list can be viewed by selecting a favourite button from the button of the application window as shown in Figure 29. A list of the added channels would be shown as in Figures 33 & 34 below.

Figure 33: Channel(s) added to Favourite List – 1
Figure 33: Channel(s) added to 'Favourites' list – 1


 

Figure 34: Multiple groups of channels added to favourite list – 2
Figure 34: Multiple groups of channels added to 'Favourites' list – 2


Please click the BACK button to return to the application main screen

 

Removing favourite channel(s)

Favourites can be removed from four favourites lists.

Select a favourite button to display all channels added to the selected favourite list.

Figure 35: Displays all channels added to the selected favourite list
Figure 35: Displays all channels added to the selected 'Favourites' list

 

Select the channel(s) you would like to remove from the favourite list.

Figure 36: Displays selected channel to be removed from the selected favourite list
Figure 36: Displays selected channel to be removed from the selected favourite list

 

Unselect the favourite list number to remove the selected channel from the favourite list.

Figure 37: Unselect favourite and click OK
Figure 37: Unselect favourite and click OK

 

To view the updated favourite list, please click on the favourite button of your desired list.
 

Figure 38: Shows favourite list after channel has been unselected
Figure 38: Shows empty 'Favourites' list after the channel has been unselected

 

Switching from television list to radio list


In order to view the Radio List, please click Radio List.

Figure 39: Selecting Radio List
Figure 39: Selecting 'Radio List'


All the Radio stations will be displayed

Figure 40: Radio stations displayed
Figure 40: Radio stations displayed

 

In order to view the Television List, please click Television List.

Figure 41: Selecting Television List
Figure 41: Selecting 'Television List'

All the Televisions services are displayed.

Figure 42: Television services displayed
Figure 42: Television services displayed


Zooming In and Out

You may click the “+” (Zoom) button to Zoom In on (enlarge) the Channels in the Television List.

Figure 43: Television List Zoomed In
Figure 43: Television List Zoomed In

And can also click the “-” (Zoom Out) button to Zoom Out from the Channels in the Television List.

Figure 44: Television List Zoomed Out
Figure 44: Television List Zoomed Out

Help


In order to get more information about the tool, you can click Help and then About as shown in Figure 45.

Figure 45: Help menu
Figure 45: Help menu


A pop-up window will appear as shown in Figure 46 which will also include the current version number.

Figure 46: About box
Figure 46: About dialog box

1 – Launch the User Manual in your browser
2 – Close the About Box