[mythtv-users] mythtv newcomer.. need help setting up live tv

Evan Burrows eburrows at gmail.com
Thu Oct 21 21:45:35 UTC 2004

ok guys,

 I really appreciate all the help you guys have given me so far.. I
had a lot of progress last night.  I set it up like you guys told me
and i can now capture video and play it back through mplayer and
through the pvr-350 tvout!! Unfortunately, i don't get any sound
though on either.  I read through a coupl other threads that have been
going through the discussion group but still haven't figured it out. 
I used Jarods guide and configured alsa and i tried to set the capture
card audio in mythtvsetup from /dev/dsp to ALSA:hw:0,0. But it doesn't
save that result once i go back into the capture card detail it
switches back to dev/dsp.  How do i tell what device to use for audio

I know this is a stupid question but right now i have my pvr350
connected to my cable box via svideo.  Does svideo transfer sound as
well or do i have to do something with composite inputs and outputs
too? I know... it is a really stupid question.

When i do the test sound after settign up ALSA using Jarods guide i
hear the sound through my computer speakers so i know that ALSA is

thanks again for all your help guys

On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 11:51:42 -0600, John Erickson <jerickso at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 13:05:00 -0400, Evan Burrows <eburrows at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I am making this harder than it needs to be because i am really
> > starting to confuse myself
> Digital cable put you in the same situation as people who have
> satellite dishes or other tuner-required setups.  To get all of your
> channels, you have to run through a different box first.
> For your setup, you're looking to do something like this:
> Wall -> Digital Cable Box -> MythTv (PVR-350)
> Then the output of your PVR-350 can be connected to the TV.  This
> gives you all of the benefits of mythtv (timeshifting, livetv, etc).
> The Digital Cable Box will have to be controlled by the MythTv PC.
> This means the analog tuner in your PVR-350 doesn't do anything (I'd
> suggest using the S-Video connection actually).  This is usually
> accomplished with some sort of serial cable or IR blaster that gives
> channel change commands to the digital cable box.
> All of this means that you lose your standard TV functionality of
> channel surfing and directly interacting with the digital cable box
> (via it's remote control).  Instead you tell mythtv to do things for
> you (it in turn tells the digital cable box to do things).
> Hope this helps
> -John
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