[mythtv-users] HDTV with Comcast

Jarod Wilson jcw at wilsonet.com
Fri Mar 26 23:56:32 EST 2004

On Mar 25, 2004, at 21:46, Ian Forde wrote:

> On Wed, 2004-03-24 at 21:49, Jarod Wilson wrote:
>> On Mar 24, 2004, at 19:50, Ian Forde wrote:
>>> On Wed, 2004-03-24 at 19:10, Jared Luxenberg wrote:
>>>> Video4Linux doesn't support Firewire?  If it does, wouldn't it be
>>>> trivial to
>>>> get it working in MythTV?
>>> Well... it sort of does and sort of doesn't.  I just did a little
>>> googling and found project Coriander.  One of the things is can
>>> purportedly do is export firewire to a v4l interface.  But it's a 
>>> app, so there would probably need to be some hacking done to automate
>>> it
>>> to the point that it's usable from within myth...
>> Exactly. Just because something has some modicum of video4linux 
>> support
>> doesn't mean it'll just work with Myth. I think if it really was
>> trivial, it'd already be done.
> Absolutely true.  Jarod - you have one of the Comcast HDTV boxes,
> right?


> Does the myth box you have nearby have a firewire port? ;)


> Running Coriander to set up a /dev/videoX port and doing the basic 'cat
> /dev/videoX > /tmp/test.mpg' test (followed, of course, by 'mplayer
> /tmp/test.mpg' might serve as a basic proof-of-concept, right?

Yes, but...

> I have firewire on my frontend, but I haven't picked up a DCT-6xxx box
> yet.  (Only DCT-5100 boxes available from the local Comcast office for
> now...)

...I don't think my DCT-5100 actually has a functional FireWire port...

(Jarod steps away to physically inspect his DCT-5100)

...there's a cutout, sans-header, labeled IEEE 1394, but no actual 
viable FireWire port (the headers are probably there on the board, and 
I think I've got some spare parts from an old B&W G3...). So no dice at 
the moment. :-(

Jarod C. Wilson, RHCE

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