[mythtv-users] HDTV cards w/o antenna

Jeff Simpson llcooljeff at gmail.com
Sun Jun 12 14:32:19 UTC 2005

On 6/12/05, David Fitzgerald <fitzer at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm researching making my own MythTV box, and my primary motivation is
> because TiVo doesn't currently support HDTV.  In looking at the HDTV
> cards that are supported, I find two, but am a tad confused by
> something I read concerning their specifications.  I also looked at
> some of the recent archives and came up empty.
> The HD-3000 specs or FAQs claim that you need to have an antenna and
> that it is incompatible with a cable company's HDTV feed (I use RCN,
> or Comcast is also available to me).  Depending upon how you read it,
> it may be talking about the older HD-2000 or maybe both the HD-2000
> and the HD-3000.  I'm not sure if it is a typo or a "feature".
> The other option, the Air2PC card, claims to optimally "receive 8VSB
> (ATSC) digital broadcast signals", and appears to have only an RF
> interface.  Is this two different ways of saying that you simply
> cannot capture any HTDV signal on either of these two cards w/o having
> an antenna?
> If so, I'm extremely underwhelmed.  The last thing I want to do is
> deal with an antenna on a MythTV box.  I'm hoping I'm mistaken.

If you have digital cable and are trying to get HD into myth, look
into using firewire. I believe at the moment that's the only way to do
it, since video capture can't get the kind of resolution HD puts out.

 - Jeff

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