[mythtv-users] Recording HD content from a Comcast/Dish/DTV box
chrisribe at gmail.com
Tue Dec 27 21:22:12 EST 2005
>Digital broadcasting in the US is trash.
It's no more trash than analog TV, though. Just better protected trash ;-)
On 12/27/05, Brandon Stoll <mrmagoo at mrmagoo.org> wrote:
> On 12/26/05, Alex Malinovich <demonbane at the-love-shack.net> wrote:
> > On Mon, 2005-12-26 at 17:49 -0800, Ian Forde wrote:
> > > On Mon, 2005-12-26 at 18:11 -0600, Kevin Kuphal wrote:
> > > > There are two ways to capture HDTV.
> > > >
> > > > 1) OTA with an HDTV tuner card
> > > > 2) via Firewire from a cable box like the Motorola DCT-6200 (IIRC).
> > > > This is limited only to the channels that the cable provider
> > > > unencrypted on the firewire port
> > >
> > > Make that 3...
> > >
> > > 3) Cable QAM with an HDTV tuner card to get the digital channels that
> > > that the cable provider provides... effectively a subset of option 1,
> > > but suitable for those in places where HD antennae can't be put up
> > > effectively...
> > So if I get an HDTV card like the pcHDTV-3000 and it has support for QAM
> > (which I believe the 3k does), I can just plug the cable into the card
> > and have it pick up any unencrypted HD channels? So HBO-HD probably
> > won't work, but Fox HD should, right? Or is there something else I'm
> > missing?
> > And what about encoding the video? If I get a hardware encoder can it
> > encode HD content the same way as regular content, or am I going to be
> > looking at doing software encoding for HD?
> > Thanks much for the help.
> You might want to find a TV with a built-in tuner or something to that
> extent to find out what exactly you're going to be getting over QAM.
> I get the big networks, Discovery Times, and TNT... but from other
> comments it seems to vary a lot depending on provider.
> I like getting the networks in HD and all, but spending $100+ to only
> get like 6 channels is disappointing.
> So basically, firewire has 5C copy protection, QAM has little content,
> OTA has (understandably) limited content. Digital broadcasting in the
> US is trash.
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