[mythtv-users] HDTV from satellite

Robin Smith 1canuck2 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 10 17:01:15 UTC 2004

So what quality difference will I get from watching the native HiDef
signal from the satellite tuner, to watching a captured (via svideo in
on PVR250) HiDef program? Will it crop the signal to 4x3?

Basically, the majority of my TV watching is not live, its watching
previously recorded MythTV shows.

Am I wasting my time getting HiDef on satellite if I am rarely going
to watch it live?

On Sun, 10 Oct 2004 12:26:57 -0400, Doug Larrick <doug at ties.org> wrote:
> Robin Smith wrote:
> > If I get HiDef satellite, how do I capture the higher quality
> > widescreen programming? I have a PVR250 card, will it capture only at
> > 4x3? What about the non-HiDef programming from satellite?
> Your only hope for capturing full Hi-def resolution is to use a
> satellite receiver with FireWire output, and write some code in MythTV
> to capture the stream.  Nobody has done this, but I can't imagine it
> being too difficult in the grand scheme of things.
> Hi-def is too high resolution for realtime MPEG encoding w/o specialized
> (i.e. professional, big-buck) equipment.
> You should be able to capture the down-rezzed (480i) output from your
> satellite receiver with your normal analog capture card, using the
> S-video or composite input.
> -Doug
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