[mythtv-users] Re: standpoint on software cable decrypters ?

Ben Buxton mythtv at ml.cactii.net
Fri Sep 24 05:47:34 EDT 2004

John Andersen <jsa at video.homelinux.org> uttered the following thing:
> On Friday 24 September 2004 00:34, Stinky Wizzleteet wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I was looking into buying a winTV card to put next to my PVR 250 so I can
> > toy with cableTV, a cable decrypter which is reported to work with canal +,
> > even though I am more interested in decrypting cartoon network.
> > Anywho, I noticed a lot of these decrypters and such for windoze, but only
> > one for linux.
> >
> > Is there some sort of ban or ethical dilemma here ?
> Presuming you pay for the service, I could see no ethical
> dilemma of using linux vs windows decrypter.  Can't you take
> your feed off the clear side of the cable company decrypter box?

For simplicity's sake it would be a lot better to perform decryption
within the same box - I myself wouldnt like to have too many boxes

To get this done, the Myth DVB parts would need to support conditional
access - perhaps it already does?

The only linux DVB software I know of that has CA support is VDR - which
also does software decryption - but then again we'd rather use MythTV :)

Perhaps there needs to be a little development work done with DVB CA in
mythtv? I'd welcome it as I dont like hooking up external boxes to the
PC - especially as most of them are crummy anyway.


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