[mythtv-users] Re: New MythTV Hardware Review

Randy Carpenter mythtv at rune.net
Mon Dec 6 05:56:42 UTC 2004

> Problem is the ATSC standard is for just a few nations.  USA, Canada,
> Mexico, South Korea and some smaller places, all under pressure from
> the USA to adopt the broadcast flag.
> So you will have to hunt to get your card.  More to the point, if
> you can't sell cards into the USA and Canadian markets, you won't
> make them.
> The best you could hope for is a card that when sold in the USA is
> locked up, but you can buy an unlocked version outside.
> Best to buy your card today.

What are the chances of us being able to get a card that will accept ATSC 
over cable (using a cablecard) ? That, along with satellite, have to be 
the vast majority of the market. Do many people really use OTA antennas 
for HDTV? For me, personally, it would be useless, as I only have 1 local 
station that would even be broadcasting in high def.

Another thought I had:

What about using FireWire to capture? Many HD receivers have FireWire 
outputs. In fact, if I remember correctly, the FCC requires cable 
companies to supplied FireWire-equipped boxes for the purpose of being 
able to record.


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