[mythtv-users] Connecting to DirecTV Reciever

Drew Tomlinson drew at mykitchentable.net
Fri Jul 15 20:13:18 EDT 2005

On 7/15/2005 3:34 PM Eric Jensen wrote:

>I ordered DirectTV because I heard you could connect to it via serial to
>change channels instead of using an IR blaster.  When I got my reciever
>though it has a odd looking phone jack that says "Low speed data".  It
>looks taller then the standard phone jack, so I'm assuming that it is
>for a COM type interface.  Any ideas how I connect my MythTV box to
>this?  I haven't found a guide that talks about this part of the setup,
>soon as MythTV is up and running the guides end.
After you make the cable as described on the dtvcontrol web site, then 
you need to find the proper perl script that changes channels for your 
DirecTV box.  For example, my box is an RCA 4th gen receiver so I tried 
the RCA.pl script.  No go.  The sony.pl script works on this box.  Just 
run the script and pass the channel number on the command line such as 
'./sony.pl 100'.

Use Google to find the scripts.  As I recall, seems there were 3 
different ones floating around.

Good Luck,


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