[mythtv-users] New MythTV Hardware Review

nate s nate.strickland at gmail.com
Sun Dec 5 19:22:58 UTC 2004

This topic has already been beaten to death, so I'll make it brief.  I
think that, really, no one knows for sure how it is going to work, as
the law is very vague in that regard.  Even some lawyers seem
confused.  Suffice it to say, it'd be much safer to buy one before
June.  At the very least, the people who make the card are going to
determine exactly how they are going to comply with the new law, so it
will take time before they sell them again, if they do at all.


On Sun, 05 Dec 2004 10:12:57 -0500, Jason Gabriele
<jason.gabriele at gmail.com> wrote:
> Brad Templeton <brad+myth at templetons.com> wrote:
> >It will be too late.  6 months from now, sale of tuner cards for HDTV
> >that could be used in an open source environment will be banned.  So while
> >you may not get your HDTV display, you will be wanting to get your tuner
> >card before June, and once you have it, you may as well put it in your
> >system.
> >
> >However, the cards take no CPU to use, so they won't affect your
> >decision much.  However, once you stat recording DTV and watching it
> >on your computer monitor (which is actually higher res than all HDTVs
> >under $5,000, you will want to get your HDTV sooner.
> >
> >Never buy hardware until you need it, of course, but there is a deadline
> >here you may not have been considering.
> >
> I was under the impression that the cards must be able to read the flag.
> In that case what if the card just transmitted that to the software and
> let the software handle recording or live-viewing only (for flagged
> broadcasts). I don't know how this would be handled in v4l but maybe an
> additional device could be added which software could read from
> (/dev/video/flag ?) to let it know it was flagged content. I don't know
> all that much about the subject, so this is just speculation on my part.
> --
> Jason Gabriele
> jason.gabriele at gmail dot com
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